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Health in Social Work

6 hours core  


  • Describe how culture, class, geography, lifestyle, and gender influence disease and access to health care settings.
  • Utilize the bio-psycho-social impact of illness and disability to assess individual clients across the life span.
  • Recognize how diverse health/illness conditions, populations, and conditions for diverse populations impact social work practice
  • Participate in inter-disciplinary teams and function within an advanced managed-care context.
  • Take on and successfully handle leadership and administrative roles in the dynamic health care industry.
  • Analyze U.S. Health Policy within the political, economic, and social trends that influence health care delivery in the United States and in comparative and global contexts.
  • Research health-related issues within a social work context.
  • Use research skills for accountability purposes in a managed-care context and practice settings.
  • Employ prevention efforts within a continuum of care in the health care field.
  • Use the NASW Code of Ethics for practice in health settings.
  • Resolve ethical dilemmas arising in health care settings.

Core Courses

Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6220 Diversity and Social Justice: Reflexive and Ethical Social Work Practice II 3.0
SW6201 Practice I: Role of Social Workers in Health Settings 3.0
SW6521 Advanced Field Practicum I 4.0


Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW6203 Social Work Practice in Integrated Behavioral Health 3.0
SW6522 Advanced Field Practicum II 4.0



  • All students must take one practice class outside their Area of Focus as an elective.
  • Students may take up to 16 credit hours in any one semester, without requiring pre-approval from the MSW Program Director.
  • Students in the Advanced Standing program must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours.
  • Students in the 2-Year Program must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • Students must earn a passing grade of C+ or better.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be in good academic standing.

Types of Practicum Placements: Hospitals, home health, hospice, clinics and community based prevention and/or intervention programs.

Last Updated: 11/12/21