(Major Code: 12991) (SIMS Code: 998210)
The School of Public Health and the School of Social Work offer a three year concurrent graduate program leading to a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work. The major objective of the concurrent program is to offer preparation in the fields of public health and social work for the purpose of providing the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health, prevent disease, and enhance the delivery of social and health services in the community.
Admission to the Degree Curriculum
Applicants should refer to the admission to master’s and doctoral study section for application instructions. In order to be considered for the concurrent M.S.W./M.P.H. program, applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study at the university, see Requirements for Master’s Degrees.
Applicants must have a minimum 2.85 grade point average in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units in undergraduate work completed. Undergraduate preparation in at least one of the following areas is preferred: social work, social or behavioral sciences, or health science. Applicants must have a satisfactory score on the GRE General Test. Applicants already holding another master’s degree or higher degree from an acceptable accredited graduate school are exempt from the GRE, see Requirements for Master’s Degrees.
A committee composed of faculty from Public Health and Social Work will make all admission recommendations to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Advancement to Candidacy
All students must meet the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees. All core courses in public health and social work must be completed prior to advancement. In addition, the student must: (1) have earned at least 24 units of graduate study within the concurrent program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and no grade less than a B- in each core course; (2) have been recommended for advancement by the combined faculty advisory committee; received credit (Cr) in field practicum; (3) have a thesis proposal approved by the combined faculty advisory committee.
Upon advancement to candidacy, the student will enroll in P H 797 - Research, SWORK 797 - Research, and P H 799A - Thesis or SWORK 799A - Thesis. A thesis incorporating theory, method, and analytic techniques from both disciplines is the culminating experience for the concurrent program leading to the MSW and MPH degrees.
In addition to meeting the requirements for classified graduate standing and the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees, the student must complete an officially approved course of study of not less than 93 units.