MSW/MPH

MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program 

What is public health social work?

Public Health Social Work is a rapidly expanding field of practice. These professionals work directly with individuals to improve their lives and conduct rigorous data analysis to promote the well-being of local and global communities. 

Public health social workers are comprehensively trained to understand and address social issues affecting the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, such as homelessness, substance use, violence, and environmental contamination.  

Employment: The right degree at the right time

Public health social work is projected to be a field of dramatic growth in the next decade. Right now, 50% of all social workers are employed in the health sector. By 2028, this percentage is estimated to be 70%.  

What can I do with this degree? 

MSW/MPH graduates are involved in numerous types of inter-professional leadership and collaborations in hospitals, accountable care organizations, integrated behavioral health, and community settings.  Graduates are well prepared for a variety of engaging jobs including: 

  •  Program Planner designs health prevention and intervention programs for groups, agencies, and/or communities (e.g., educational programs to prevent vaping or policy initiatives to curb obesity).
  •  Disaster Response Leader manages the long-term impact of diseases, such as AIDS/HIV, Ebola, Zika and other problems that need a long-term strategy. 
  •  Hospital Administrator plans and oversees the services provided at a hospital, nursing home, outpatient clinic, or drug treatment center.
  •  Patient Service Manager works as a link between patients and staff to optimize patient care and satisfaction.  
  •  Program Director of a Community-Based Agency is responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of health programming.
  •  Policy Analyst evaluates the impact of legislative efforts to improve community, state, and/or national health outcomes.
  •  Health Communications Director strategically manages the internal and external communications for a hospital or other health entity.   
  •  Public and Social Health Researcher gathers information to define the scope and depth of community, national, and international health problems.
  •  Adjunct and part-time faculty in MSW, BSW, and MPH programs teach and mentor the next generation of social workers and public health professionals.  

Benefits of the MSW-MPH dual degree at Stony Brook University: 

Career flexibility: Become eligible for social work licensure (LMSW* and/or LCSW*) in New York State and national certification as a Health Education Specialist (CHES).
*Students that are in the Families, Youth and Transition to Adulthood or the Integrated Health specializations are eligible to take the LCSW exam towards licensure. Students in the Community, Policy, and Political Social Action specialization are eligible for the LMSW exam towards licensure

Cost-efficient: Earn two highly desirable Masters degrees in a shorter period of time.

Inter-professional training in a health setting: Participate in an active learning community alongside students and faculty from a variety of health professions in Stony Brook University’s Health Sciences Center, including Medicine, Nursing and Nutrition.

Skills gained: 

  • Leadership skills 
  • Ability to work in interprofessional teams
  • Clinical and community engagement, assessment and intervention
  • Care coordination
  • Data management and analysis using various software platforms: R, SAS, Stata, and ATLAS.ti
  • Biostatistics and epidemiology
  • Qualitative methods (e.g., running focus groups and conducting in-depth interviews)
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Environmental justice
MSW MPH Academic Schedule
Sample Program
(All MPH classes and most MSW classes take place at the Stony Brook University campus)
FIRST FALL      FIRST SPRING   
Course Number & TitleCredits

Course Number & TitleCredits

HWC 504: HBSE I

3HWC 505: Integrative Seminar 3
HWC 509: Foundations of Social Justice3HWC 514: SW Practice II 33
HWC 513: Social Work Practice I3HWC 501: Field Education II 4
HWC 500: Field Education I4HPH 562: Data Management and Informatics 3
HPH 501: Introduction to the Research Process3HPH: 555 Demography and Global Health3

Term Total credit 16Term Total credit16
FIRST SUMMERSECOND FALL   
Course Number & TitleCredits

Course Number & TitleCredits

HWC 510: Social Policy and Social Determinants 3HWC 564: Integrated Health: Advanced Practice I3
HWC: 519 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology 3HWC 574: Clinical Skills: Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy3
HWC 502: Field Education III4
HPH 500: Contemporary Issues inPublic Health3
HPH 506: Biostatistics I3
Term credit total:6Term credit total:16
SECOND SPRING SECOND SUMMER 
   
Course Number & TitleCredits

Course Number & TitleCredits

HWC 565:Integrated Health: Advanced Practice II3HPH 516: Environmental and Occupational Health3
HWC 503: Field Education IV4
HPH 514: Epidemiology for Public Health3
HPH 507: Biostatistics II3
Term credit total:13Term credit total:3
THIRD FALL THIRD SPRING
Course Number & TitleCredits

Course Number & TitleCredits

HPH 508: Health Systems Performance3HPH 551: Introduction to Health Communications3
HPH 552: Planning & Implementing Community Health Initiatives3
HPH 553: Advanced Evaluation of Community Health Initiatives3
HPH 525: Evaluating Public Health Initiatives3HPH 581: Capstone
3
HPH 564: Qualitative Methods3
Term credit total:12
Term credit total:

9


 

Admissions:

Students who wish to be considered for admission into the combined MSW/MPH program must comply with all admission requirements for each degree, (MPH and SSW) including completion of 2 separate applications. The GRE exam is a required component for the MPH application. Please note: When completing the MPH application, select the MSW/MPH option to be considered for the dual degree.

If you have questions about admission or would like more information about the program, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Amy Hammock: 631-444-3108 or e-mail: Amy.Hammock@stonybrook.edu