MPH/MSW Program

Through this three-year program, you will earn an MPH degree with a concentration in community health and health behavior and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

The MPH/MSW provides you the opportunity to integrate two similar—yet still unique—perspectives in addressing social problems, particularly as they relate to health of the public. Both disciplines share orientations to prevention, the community and with vulnerable populations. The public health perspective gained through the MPH complements the MSW, enabling public health social workers to understand and guide interventions from the individual level to the whole population.

Curriculum

Our MPH curriculum will provide a comprehensive understanding of public health philosophy, as well as the practical knowledge and skills needed to address current and emerging public health problems. You’ll complete 31 credits, including coursework and an integrative project. Your field training requirement will be fulfilled through at least six credits of the social work field experience.

The MSW curriculum is rooted in an evidence-based practice approach to social work. You will complete 54 credits, including the foundation year and elective courses. You will learn the critical skills to evaluate your practice in your foundation year and then build on this core through your individualized advanced year curriculum (electives).

Course of Study Options

This MSW/MPH program reduces by one year the usual pattern of a two-year MPH program plus a two-year MSW program.

An advanced standing option is also available. For this option, you would complete a total of 60 credit hours, which will consist of 31 credits in public health courses and 29 in social work.

You may select which school you wish to begin your study with, unless you opt for the advanced standing option which begins in the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Course of study options include:

  1. Begin in the School of Social Work
  2. Begin in the School of Public Health and Health Professions
  3. Advanced Standing begins in the School of Public Health and Health Professions

How to Apply

Apply by March 1st.

Complete the MPH/MSW dual degree combined application online and pay the $100 application fee. When completing the combined application, you will need to select an MPH program concentration and which program you wish to attend your first year of study.

Submit supplemental application materials, including:

Submit GRE scores; the codes for the GRE are 2925 for the University at Buffalo and 0616 for Public Health

  • The GRE must have been taken within five years of your application to the MPH program. It is preferred that you have a minimum score of 500 or 50th percentile for each category (verbal and quantitative) and a minimum of 4.0 or 50th percentile for analytic writing.
  • The GRE requirement is waived for persons with a doctoral degree, e.g., MD or PhD, from an American university.

All materials should be mailed to the University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, 685 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260. Your application materials will then be forwarded to the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Questions about the MPH portion of the program?

Contact the concentration director: Gregory Homish, PhD, at ghomish@buffalo.edu 

Questions about the MSW portion of the program?

Contact Lauren McGowan, director of recruitment and admissions, at lm77@buffalo.edu.