MSW/MPH dual degree allows students to complete the requirements for each degree with a reduction of about 20 percent in required hours for both degrees. For students attending full-time, completion of both degrees takes about three years. Part-time program students typically take about four years. Students in the Advanced Standing option complete the dual program in about two years. Students in dual degree programs are not awarded either masters degree until both degrees have been completed.
Those students with the BSW spend the first year of their program in the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, likely beginning courses in public health in the summer after their admission to the dual degree program. Students then enter the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work in their second year in which they complete their concentration year in Administration and Community Practice, their practicum in public health social work, and their comprehensive examinations.
Those students who completed undergraduate majors outside of social work enter the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work for their foundation year studies and for their foundation year practicam during the fall and spring semesters. They then enter the College of Public Health the second year of their program and complete core courses and health promotion science courses. In the third year students re-enter the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work to complete Administration and Community Practice requirements, their practicum in public health social work, and their comprehensive examinations.
All students enrolled in the MSW-MPH dual degree program will want to take courses over the summers, particularly in the College of Public Health, so they can complete the program in their projected time frames.