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Social Work and Public Health in Health Service Policy and Management, M.S.W. & M.P.H.

Arnold School of Public Health
College of Social Work

Choose a dual degree in social work and health services policy and management to gain the skills needed to manage public health programs and direct population-based health improvement.

Offered through the Arnold School of Public Health and College of Social Work, graduates with this dual degree are prepared for positions in health services management, policy, public health programs, research and education. Both schools develop graduates equipped to make a difference in people's lives.

Program Highlights

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    Dual Degrees

    Earn two graduate degrees in less time while also enjoying a cost savings thanks to shared credits between programs.

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    Marketable Skills

    Gain a solid foundation by completing courses in both social work and health services policy and management.

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    Improve the health and well-being of individuals and their communities in a variety of settings from urban to rural.

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    Prime Location

    Enjoy access to state government and governmental agencies through our location in the capital city.

What You’ll Study

Two complementary and distinct programs provide graduates with skills both in case management and health services policy, public health finance, public health law and program planning and evaluation. Graduates are well-positioned to pursue a range of careers in health care, public health, social services, policy development and health care management.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Evaluate Policies

    Examining their impact and effectiveness in achieving specific goals or objectives

    Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations

  • Diplomacy

    Handling sensitive or delicate situations with tact, sensitivity and professionalism


    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Administrator
  • Coordinator
  • Advocate
  • Manager
  • Practitioner

Workplace Settings

  • Nonprofits
  • Medical
  • Hospitals
  • Research
  • Health Care

During my three years in those two programs, I was building a toolkit. That’s what getting those degrees was about for me – getting the skills and knowledge I needed to apply to whatever was next.

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