The University of Oklahoma is one of the few research universities in the United States that offers accredited graduate degrees in both social work and public health. Students can undertake the dual program full or part-time or as advanced standing students. The joint MSW-MPH program seeks to strengthen public health social work through coursework graduate social work students undertake in both programs.
- Students learn how to approach social issues by combining a public health paradigm with the strengths-based solution focused skills of social work.
- The program incorporates a specific focus on health promotion sciences, which equip students with the skills to improve the health of communities and populations through evidence-based practices.
- Graduate social work students who concentrate in administration and community practice in social work can elect the program. All students, however, must be admitted to the OU School of Social Work and the OU College of Public Health.
MSW-MPH students can achieve the following outcomes:
- Learn to apply the public health paradigm to health issues social workers face in communities, groups, and populations.
- Augment their competencies in the areas of public health assessment, strategic health planning, design and execution of public health interventions, and evaluation.
- Expand their toolkit of intervention strategies to include methods for discerning evidence-based practices, systematic approaches to program development, social action to address health disparities, and social marketing and health literacy.
- Understand the organization of public health services at national, state and local levels and the diverse career ladders within public health social work.
- Integrate public health and social work in field education.
- Network with other students and faculty interested in public health social work.