The focus of our program is to improve lives through quality education in Public Health and Social Work
“[What I took away from the course was…] the opportunity for real world application of our public health social work skills; feeling as though the project we were working on had like real world stakeholders from community partners so it added an element of relevance and also helped us feel like what we were doing was worthwhile, and also provided the opportunity to develop confidence to use our skills in the workforce as opposed to the insulated school environment. That there was opportunity for us to create our own product with the collaboration with the city, we were able to come up with our original ideas and brainstorm together which was validating experience.”– Lindsay Davis, MPH/MSW ’18——-Quote from a student
The School of Social Work and the Department of Public Health Sciences offers a Dual Master of social work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Health Behavior and Health Promotion.
These two programs complement each other. Public Health focuses on populations of people and is highly analytical and Social work focuses on individuals, groups, and communities within the social environment. Additionally, both programs emphasize cross-cultural content in classes and have an emphasis on social justice.
Many students find this combined degree appealing, particularly if they are interested in community development and outreach. Students from other countries and students who have served in the peace cops find that this degree furthers their interest and career in international service.
Separately, the MSW and MPH degree require a total of 108 credit hours (48 for the MPH +60 for the MSW). However the dual MSW/MPH program can be completed with a total of only 96 credit hours.
The MSW/MPH Dual Degree Course of Study lists the required courses. Please refer to the current Graduate Catalog for all requirements for both degrees and be sure to maintain close communication with your designated faculty adviser from each program.
Pursuing the MSW/MPH
Students interested in pursuing the joint degree program must :
- Prepare and submit separate admissions applications to both programs
- Notify each program in writing of the intent to complete the Dual degree program
- Be officially admitted to both degree programs
- Notify the NMSU Graduate school of the intent to complete the dual degree program
- Complete all course requirements for both degree programs, typically completed in 3 full years
- Complete a combined comprehensive final exam for both degree programs
If you are interested in pursuing this option please contact the MSW Coordinator, Dr. Stacy Gherardi or the MPH adviser for MSW/MPH students Dr. Sue Forster-Cox. The MSW/MPH advisor for the School of Social Work is Anna Nelson.