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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).


Required Recommended
Theory for Practice
(3 credits required)*
SOWK 4325 – Evolving Perspectives and Trends in Health and Wellness  See "Faculty Recommendations" under "Elective Credits"
(9 credits required)*
SSOWK 4723 – Social Work Practice in Health Care
choose 2 courses from the following list →
SOWK 4330 – Assessment of Mental Health in Adults
SOWK 4334 – Assessment of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents SOWK 4401 – Integrated Health Care: Models and Practice
SOWK 4425—Positive & Community Youth Development
SOWK 4445 – Assessment and Interventions in Aging
SOWK 4500 – Mental Health Interventions with Children
SOWK 4501 – Wellness Promotion and Interventions across the Life Span
SOWK 4523 – Care Management Skills & Resources to Promote Comm Living
SOWK 4700 – Solution Focused Brief Therapy
SOWK 4725 – Mind Body Connections in SW Practice
SOWK 4741 – Grief and Loss across the Life Span
SOWK 4752 – Trauma Informed Assessment and Intervention
SOWK 4754 – Trauma Response and Recovery (not offered after spr '17)
SOWK 4755 – Interventions for Responses to Trauma (pre-req SOWK 4754)
not offered after fall '17)
SOWK 4971 – Eco-Friendly Experiential Therapy with Children & Youth

Policy & Program Advocacy
(3 credits required)*

SOWK 4645 – Health Care Policy  See "Faculty Recommendations" under "Elective Credits"

(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 student's field placement
Internship (15-18 credits)

SOWK 4970 – Concentration Field * Appropriate internships chosen in consultation with Field Team
(0/1 credit)

SOWK 4999 – Capstone * Required in final quarter of program
Values for Practice
(3 credits required)*
choose 1 course from the following list → SOWK 4232 – Critical Race Praxis
SOWK 4235 – Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
SOWK 4240 – Intergenerational Justice
SOWK 4732 – Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
SOWK 4749 – Social Work Interventions with Latinos/as
SOWK 4751 – Global Relations & Poverty in Mexico
SOWK 4753 – Social Development in Latin America
SOWK 4758 – Conservation SW in Kenya: Context, Empowerment, Sus...
SOWK 4759 – Global Cultural Perspectives: Consensus & Conundrums
SOWK 4762 – Bosnia in Transition: The Social Work Response
SOWK 4764 – Historical Trauma
SOWK 4790 – Human Sexuality
SOWK 4890 – Contemporary Global Issues
SOWK 4971 – Feminisms in Social Work Practice
SOWK 4971 – Cultural Connectedness: A Journey into Native American Cou...
SOWK 4971 – Disability Studies
SOWK 4971 – Spirituality & Social Work Practice
SOWK 4990 – Special Topics (as approved, titles vary)
Electives (12 credits required)*

Students may take elective courses in any of the concentrations.

The following electives are recommended by the faculty→

Students may take up to 10 elective credits from other DU graduate programs with approval of advisor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Certificate students will use elective slots to fulfill certificate requirements.

Theory for Practice Courses
SOWK 4350 – Evolving Perspective and Trends in Aging
SOWK 4360- Social-Ecological Resilience and One Health: Connecting Hum...
SOWK 4370 – Community and Organizational Change: Theory for Practice

Policy and Programs Advocacy Courses
SOWK 4640 – Mental Health & Substance Use Policies
SOWK 4650 – Aging Policy

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

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