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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Health & Wellness

The Health and Wellness concentration prepares students to be practitioners in diverse health, integrated health and wellness settings. Students study a variety of practice skills, theories and evidence-based modalities to prepare for social work in comprehensive and specialized health care facilities, public health clinics and programs and/or wellness and preventative healthcare programs.

The Health and Wellness concentration allows students to practice specific skill sets that incorporate problem-solving, integrative and strengths-based approaches to care. Students gain exposure to classical Western medical social work settings (such as hospitals), to integrative health settings (where mental health, drug and alcohol intervention, and medical care are connected) and to organizations primarily focused on promoting mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, community, social and/or environmental wellness. Students can choose to experience a range of options from learning medical terminology to studying complementary and alternative medicine techniques focused on the mind-body connection.

Course work also illuminates the history of health and health disparities in the United States and globally, preparing students for culturally competent clinical practice, as well as leadership and advocacy in health and wellness administrative and policy practice.

The minimum credits required for the MSW degree is 90 (60 for advanced standing students). In addition to the courses listed below, students may also take courses from other concentration areas or up to 10 credits of coursework (with the approval of the advisor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) from other DU graduate programs to fulfill elective requirements.


Required Recommended
Theory for
(3 credits required)
SOWK 4325 – Evolving Perspectives and Trends in Health and Wellness
SOWK 4350 – Evolving Perspective and Trends in Aging
SOWK 4370- Community and Organizational Change: Theory for Practice
SOWK 4360 – Social Ecology, One Health and Resiliency: Connecting Human and Environmental Health
(9 credits required)
SOWK 4723 - Social Work Practice in Health Care
At least 2 additional courses from this list →
SOWK 4401 - Integrated Health Care: Models & Practice
SOWK 4523 - Care Management Skills and Resources to Promote Community Living
SOWK 4330 - Assessment of MH and Drug Use in Adults
SOWK 4725 - Mind Body Connections in SW Practice 
SOWK 4741 - Grief and Loss across the Life Span
SOWK 4754 - Trauma Response and Recovery
SOWK 4755- Interventions for Responses to Trauma (SOWK 4754)
SOWK 4700 – Solution Focused Brief Practice
SOWK 4501- Wellness Prevention and Interventions across Life Span
SOWK 4445 - Assessment and Interventions in Aging
SOWK 4422 – Strategies for Family Meetings
SOWK 4500 - Mental Health Interventions with Children
SOWK 4971 - Eco-Friendly Experiential Therapy with Children & Youth
SOWK 4971 – Assessment of Mental Health in Children and Youth
SOWK 4425 Positive and Community Youth Development

Policy and 
Social and 
(3 credits required)

SOWK 4645 – Health Care Policy

SOWK 4650- Aging Policy
SOWK 4640 – Mental Health and Drug Dependency Policies and Systems

Research (6
credits required)

SOWK 4900-Methods for Evaluating Practice/Programs
SOWK 4901-Applied Practice Evaluation Research
Research courses must be taken in sequence. The research will be conducted in the student's field placement.
Values for 
Practice (3
credits required)

At least 1 course from this list →
SOWK 4732 – Disrupting Privilege and Anti-SOWK 4732 – Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
SOWK 4232– Critical Race Praxis
SOWK 4749- Social Work with Latinos/as
SOWK 4764 – Historical Trauma
SOWK 4235– Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
SOWK 4240 – Intergenerational Justice
SOWK 4751 –Global Relations & Poverty in Mexico
SOWK 4971 – SW Response to Postwar Bosnia
SOWK 4759 – Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums
SOWK 4753 – Social Development in Latin America
SOWK 4790 – Human Sexuality
SOWK 4758 – Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sustainability
SOWK 4890– Contemporary Global Issues
SOWK 4971- Gender & Feminisms in SW Practice
SOWK 4971—Cultural Connectedness: A Journey into Native American Country
SOWK 4990 – Special Topics (as approved, titles vary)
(15-18 credits)

SOWK 4970-Concentration Field Internship
Appropriate internships are chosen in consultation with the Field Team.
(1 credit)
Required in final quarter of program

Note: Most courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise indicated on the course schedule.

Additional electives with particular relevance to the Health and Wellness concentration include:

SOWK 4721 - Existential Social Work
SOWK 4730 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
SOWK 4735 – Interpersonal Approaches to Counseling
SOWK 4430– Substance use Interventions
SOWK 4784– Suicide Assessment & Interventions