(MSW/MPHQ) Coordinated Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Online (MCSQ) 2016-17

Catalog 2016-2017

Program Description

The MPH/MSW degree program is coordinated between the UAB School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization & Policy and the University of Alabama (UA) School of Social Work (in Tuscaloosa). The coordinated program prepares social workers for interdisciplinary practice in public health programs concerned with the promotion and improvement of the health of diverse populations, including women, children, and families. Students will attend classes in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. This coordinated program is one of the programs in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Concentration and is funded, in part, by a federal MCH training grant - The MCH Policy & Leadership Program.


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the health problems faced by children and their families within the context of public health
  • Apply the tools of biostatistics and epidemiology to analyze problems faced by children and their families
  • Apply current policies and programs directed at children and their families and describe how they are developed
  • Plan, implement, and administer MCH programs
  • Demonstrate a solid foundation in both social work and public health principles and skills necessary for individuals interested in leadership positions at the community, state and national levels

Program Requirements

Students in this track must complete 44 credit hours. This includes the MPH Core, SOPH requirements, track requirements, electives and internship. A total of 60 credit hours of coursework are required for the coordinated MSW/MPH. The coordinated MPH/MSW degree can be completed in 2 academic years (including 2 summers) of full-time study. Normally, 42 credit hours are required for the MPH degree; however, because of the coordinated nature of the degree, 3 credit hours from the MSW curriculum are credited to the MPH and 12 hours from the MPH curriculum are credited to the MSW. Students may complete the MPH totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of-state online students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents. Click on the link below for Curriculum Planning Sheet.


Program Admission Requirements

Students must apply separately to each program. Acceptance into one school's program does not automatically ensure acceptance into the other school's program. To apply for the MSW, please apply through the UA School of Social Work: UA School of Social Work To apply for the MPH, please apply through the UAB School of Public Health.  This is a coordinated dual degree program and, as such, graduation from one program is contingent upon completion of all requirements for graduation from the other program.