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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

MSW/MPH Dual Degree

The Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree is a new collaboration between the University of Denver and the Colorado School of Public Health at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Why pursue an MSW/MPH dual degree? 

There are many commonalities between the overarching goals of the fields of public health and social work. Both strive to improve health and social functioning, with public health focusing to a greater degree on physical health and social work focusing on a greater degree on social, emotional and mental health. There is much overlap in places of employment between these two fields, including:

  • medical and public health services
  • substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • mental health
  • child welfare

Curriculum & Outcomes

Through coursework in public health, students will achieve competencies related to assessing the health status of populations and addressing health needs; through coursework in social work students will achieve competencies in assessing, addressing and evaluating social factors related to health and well-being. Graduates will be uniquely qualified to work in multi-disciplinary teams in a multitude of settings. The program objectives are to graduate ethical and professional master's level social workers and public health workers who are able to practice in a variety of settings, with clients of varying ages and problem areas, and with communities with a variety of challenges and assets.

Program Format & Application Instructions

The free-standing, two-year MSW comprises 90 quarter credits of coursework, and the MPH, 42 semester credits. Students in the dual degree program may earn both degrees upon completion of 75 quarter credits and 33 semester credits.

Applications for this dual degree will be accepted beginning fall 2017. You must apply for the MSW and MPH separately and be accepted into each program in order to qualify for the dual degree. Additional Application instructions will be coming soon.

For more information, please contact GSSW Clinical Associate Professor, Michael Talamantes