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Health in Social Work

12 credit hours - 9 hours core plus a minimum of 3 elective credit hours  


  • 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.


Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW 6220 Diversity and Social Justice: Reflexive and Ethical Social Work Practice II 3.0
SW 6201 Practice I: Role of Social Workers in Health Settings 3.0
SW 6521 Advanced Field Practicum I 4.0


Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
SW 6202 Social Change in the Health SectorRecommended Elective 3.0
SW 6203 Social Work Practice in Integrated Behavioral Health 3.0
SW 6522 Advanced Field Practicum II 4.0

 Health Course Checklist


  • Global Issues in Women’s Health 3 credits online
  • Spring Spirituality in Social Work - 2 credit hours
  • Advocacy & PR Skills for SW’s - 2 credit hours
  • Dialectic Behavioral Therapy – 2 credit hours
  • Intro to Couples Therapy – 2 credit hours
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Advanced Cognitive Therapy – 2 credit hours
  • Issues in Reproductive Health (online) -- 3 credit hours
  • Mind, Body Bridging – 2 credit hours
  • Practice with Grief & Loss- 3 credit hours
  • Advanced Group Practice – 2 credit hours
  • Advanced Brief Therapy 2 – credit hours
  • Play Therapy – 2 credit hours
  • Animal Assisted Therapy – 2 credit hours
  • Human Sexuality in SW – 2 credit hours
  • SW Prac. With Kids & Adolescents – 2 credit hours
  • Crisis Intervention – 2 credit hours
  • Family Violence across Life – 2 credit hours
  • M.O.R.E. – 2 credit hours
  • Issues in Women’s Health (online) -- 3 credit hours
  • Fall Working with Trauma – 2 credit hours
  • Motivational Interviewing – 2 credit hours
  • ACT Therapy and Mindfulness – 3 credit hours
  • Healing Narratives (online) – 3 credit hours
  • Impact of Child Abuse – 3 credit hours
  • Health, Illness & Metaphors -- 2 credit hours
  • End of Life/Palliative Care – 2 credit hours
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy – 3 credit hours
  • Chronic Illness in Older Adults -- 3 credits
  • Causes and Treatments of Mental Illness – 2 credit hours
  • Creative and Expressive Therapy


Note on electives for Area of Focus and proposed semester:

  • 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.


For more information, please contact:
Tiffany Baffour, PhD
MSW Director

Last Updated: 9/19/19