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Dual Degree in Social Work (MSW/MPH)

This interdisciplinary, three-year program with the NYU Silver School of Social Work allows you to combine social work and public health with a global focus. At completion of this full-time program, you will have earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Master of Public Health (MPH), starting you off in a prime position for advanced career options in either field.

Your courses are drawn from relevant programs across six schools at NYU, covering areas of social work; public service; medicine, dentistry, and nursing; and culture, education and human development.

As part of the MSW/MPH program, I learned so much about the systems required to impact change in social, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence global public health and social work both in the field and the classroom."
- Ambrose Appiah, MSW/MPH 2013

What Can I Do with This Degree?

The MSW/MPH dual degree provides you with the skills to pursue professional careers in both social work and public health, preparing you for leadership and educational roles in community healthcare settings, government agencies, and non-profit organizations in the United States and internationally.

Dual Degree in Social Work (MSW/MPH)

93 Total Credits

Year One

Fall (12 credits)

GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health Leadership (3)
GPH-GU 2171 Global Health Informatics I (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)*
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
MSWPF-GS 2006 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
MSWPF-GS 2003 Social Welfare Programs & Policies (3)

* this course takes place during MPH orientation

Spring (14 credits)

GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)
MSWPF-GS 2001 Social Work Practice I (4)
MSWPF-GS 2100 Field Instruction I (4)
MSWPF-GS 2007 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3)

Summer (13 credits)

MSWPF-GS 2002 Social Work Practice II (3)
MSWFD-GS 2200 Field Instruction II (4)
MSWPF-GS 2010 Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege (3)
MSWPF-GS 2003 Clinical Practice with Groups (3)

Year Two

Fall (16 credits)

GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Policy & Management (3)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
MSWAC-GS 2002 Social Practice III (3)
MSWFD-GS 2300 Field Instruction III (4)

Spring (16 credits)

GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative and Field Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
MPH Group A Elective 1 (3)
MSWAC-GS 2009 Social Work Practice IV (3)
MSWFD-GS 2400 Field Instruction IV (4)

Year Three

Fall (11 credits)

MPH Group A elective 2 (3)
MPH Group A elective 3 (3)
GPH-GU 2621 Capstone I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
MSWPF-GS 2001 Human Behavior in the Social Environment III (3)    

Spring (11 credits)

GPH-GU 2622 Capstone II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
MPH Group A elective 4 (3)
MPH Group B elective (3)
MSW Elective (3)


For More Information

NYU Master of Public Health Program
Zachary Maggio
(212) 998-2175        
Fax: (212) 995-4877

NYU School of Social Work
Sheryl Goldfarb
(212) 998-5953
(212) 995-4171

MSW/MPH Course Checklist

The MSW/MPH checklist outlines the requirements for the dual degree, as well as which core and concentration courses have pre-requisites. Use this tool as you move along in the program to help keep track of the courses you’ve taken, as well as what’s up next. (Please note that there are different requirements for existing students who matriculated in Fall 2013 and Fall 2014.)