Public Health, M.P.H. & Social Work, M.S.W. Dual Degree

Saint Louis University's Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) is a dual degree program in the College for Public Health and Social Justice, which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

This integrated program requires completion of both the M.S.W. and M.P.H. degree requirements.

Concentrations are part of each program, including clinical and community and organization concentrations within the M.S.W. and a public health practice concentration within the M.P.H. 

For additional information see the catalog entries for the following programs:

Public Health, M.P.H.

Social Work, M.S.W.

Accreditation

The College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 

CEPH-Seal

View the Most Recent CEPH Self-Study (July 2016)  

The baccalaureate social work program at Saint Louis University has been continuously accredited since 1974.
 
The master of social work program at Saint Louis University has been continuously accredited since 1930.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457
Phone: 703-683-8080 

Students must meet the admission requirements and be admitted into both degree programs according to the processes of each of the participating academic units in order to pursue a dual degree program.

Individuals may apply to the M.P.H. degree program concurrently with application to the School of Social Work or following their admission to the School of Social Work; however, admission to the dual degree program is contingent upon admission to both the M.P.H. and the M.S.W. degree programs.

SWRK 5820 Integrative Practice Seminar (1 cr), SWRK 5832 Community & Organization Practicum I (2 cr), and SWRK 5833 Community & Organization Practicum II (3 cr) satisfy the MPH Practice Experience CEPH core requirement PUBH 5910 Practice Experience in Public Health (0,3 cr) if approved by the MPH practice experience advisor.  320 total minimum hours required for the MPH Practice Experience.

HMP 5720 Government Financing of Health Care (3 cr) is a substitution for SWRK 5707 Policy Practice for Social Justice (3 cr).

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Clinical Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Critical course:  SWRK 5702 Social Policy 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5725 Human Behavior & the Social Environment 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5750 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, & Groups 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5751 Social Work Practice with Communities & Organizations 3
 Credits12
Spring
Critical course:  SWRK 5819 Foundation Integrative Practice Seminar 1
Critical course:  SWRK 5841 Master of Social Work Foundation Practicum 2
Critical course:  SWRK 5734 Human Behavior & the Social Environment Part II 3
Critical course:  PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 3
 Credits9
Summer
Critical course:  SWRK 5700 Values & Ethics in Social Work 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5762 Diagnosis & Assessment in Clinical Practice 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
Critical course:  PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 1 3
Critical course:  HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 3
Critical course:  HMP 5500 Health Policy 3
ElectiveSWRK Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits12
Spring
Critical course:  PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
Critical course:  PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 2
Critical course:  PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
Critical course:  HMP 5720 Government Financing of Health Care 3
 Credits11
Summer
Critical course:  SWRK 5820 Integrative Practice Seminar 1
Critical course:  SWRK 5842 Clinical Practicum I 2
Critical course:  SWRK 5733 Advanced Social Work Practice 3
 Credits6
Year Three
Fall
Critical course:  SWRK 5787 Research for Evidence-Informed Research Practice 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5843 Clinical Practicum II 3
HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
ElectiveMPH Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits12
Spring
Critical course:  SWRK 5784 Evaluation of Social Work Practice 3
Critical course:  HCE 5020 Ethical Issues in Public Health 2
Critical course:  PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 5 0
Critical course:  PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
ElectiveMPH Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits11
 Total Credits79
1

PUBH 5050: Students in the Health Management and Policy concentration and the Public Health Practice concentration will take HMP 5000 in place of PUBH 5050.

2

PUBH 5070: Students in the Behavioral Science and Health Education concentration and the Global Health concentration will take BSH 5400 in place of PUBH 5070.

3

PUBH 5910: Internship/Practice Experience Mentor approval required.  Students in the Health Management and Policy concentration will take HMP 5910 in place of PUBH 5910.  Students in the Health Management and Policy/Epidemiology and Health Management and Policy part-time concentrations can choose between either course depending on their interests.

4

PUBH 5950: Registration in this class indicates student has completed coursework required to sit for the CPH exam in the spring semester.  

Community and Organization Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
SpringCredits
Critical course:  SWRK 5819 Foundation Integrative Practice Seminar 1
Critical course:  SWRK 5721 Community Theory & Practice 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5841 Master of Social Work Foundation Practicum 2
Critical course:  PUBH 5010 Mission and Practice of Global Public Health 3
 Credits9
Summer
Critical course:  SWRK 5700 Values & Ethics in Social Work 3
ElectiveSWRK Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits6
Fall
Critical course:  SWRK 5702 Social Policy 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5725 Human Behavior & the Social Environment 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5750 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, & Groups 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5751 Social Work Practice with Communities & Organizations 3
 Credits12
Year Two
Spring
Critical course:  PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
Critical course:  PUBH 5060 Environmental and Biological Determinants of Health 2
Critical course:  PUBH 5070 Translating Evidence and Theory for Community Practice 3
Critical course:  HMP 5720 Government Financing of Health Care 3
 Credits11
Summer
Critical course:  SWRK 5820 Integrative Practice Seminar 1
Critical course:  SWRK 5832 Community & Organization Practicum I 2
ElectiveSWRK Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits6
Fall
Critical course:  PUBH 5040 Generating Evidence from Public Health Data 1 3
Critical course:  HMP 5000 Health Care Organization 3
Critical course:  HMP 5500 Health Policy 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5785 Organizational & Program Planning 3
 Credits12
Year Three
Spring
Critical course:  SWRK 5784 Evaluation of Social Work Practice 3
Critical course:  HCE 5020 Ethical Issues in Public Health 2
Critical course:  PUBH 5950 Special Study for Examinations 0
Critical course:  PUBH 5960 Capstone in Public Health Practice 3
ElectiveMPH Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits11
Fall
Critical course:  SWRK 5787 Research for Evidence-Informed Research Practice 3
Critical course:  SWRK 5833 Community & Organization Practicum II 3
HMP 5300 Management of Health Care Organizations 3
ElectiveMPH Elective chosen in consultation with mentor 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits79

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions please contact:
Kathryn MacLean
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
314-977-2752
socialwork@slu.edu


Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions 
bernard.backer@slu.edu 
314-977-8144