MSW/MPH Degree Requirements

Total Units

A student must complete a total of 90 units in Social Welfare and Public Health to earn the MSW and MPH degree under the Concurrent MSW/MPH Program. Individually, the MSW requires 54 units of course work; and the MPH requires 48 units of course work.

"Shared" Units

In the Concurrent degree program, between 20-25% of units can be “shared units.” This means that some units that are used for one degree (e.g., MSW) can be counted for the other degree (e.g., MPH) and vice versa. This rule only applies to units OTHER than core required courses. "Shared" units in the MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree program are most frequently between the research, field education, and elective unit requirements, up to the allowable limit.

Required Coursework

When planning a program of study for the concurrent degree, emphasis should be placed on meeting course requirements in each school, utilizing substitutions where appropriate and strategically using electives. Faculty and staff advisers are readily available for ongoing individual assistance with developing a combined curriculum that meets the academic requirements of both schools.

Social Welfare Generalist Practice

All MSW students must successfully complete a foundational generalist practice curriculum, consisting of four required courses:

  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)

All Generalist Practice requirements must be successfully completed in order to progress to the Specialized Practice curriculum.

Diversity-Competent Social Work Practice

  • SOC WEL 275: Diversity-Sensitive and Competent Social Work - or approved alternate course (at least 2 units)

All MSW students must complete an approved course in diversity-competent practice, valued at 2 units or higher. For a list of approved courses that satisfy this requirement, please see the MSW Diversity Courses and Elective Courses Lists(link is external)(link is external).

Public Health Required Core Courses

  • PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (4 units)**
  • PB HLTH 200J: Health Policy and Management Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 200K: Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 200L: Health and Social Behavior Breadth (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 units)**

**These requirements may also be fulfilled by passing an exemption exam or by completing an SPH-approved higher-level alternative course (see SPH Student Handbook(PDF file)(link is external) for a complete list of approved alternatives.)

Specialized Practice

In the Concurrent MSW/MPH Degree Program, specialization choices guide the curriculum of each individual student on a path unique to the combination of the two curricula. Each specialization has a set of required courses and electives.

The following sample plans of study are examples of typical program curriculum sequences for the MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree. Since degree requirements for both programs are subject to change, concurrent degree students should check in regularly with advisers in both Schools for guidance ahead of each enrollment period.

MSW A-WELL Specialization + MPH Health and Social Behavior (HSB)

First Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (4 units)1
  • PB HLTH 200J: Health Policy and Management Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 203A: Theories of Health and Social Behavior (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 units)1
  • PB HLTH 292: Health & Social Behavior Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Second Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 200K: Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 205: Program Planning and Needs Assessment (4 units)
  • MPH Research Methods Course - chosen from approved list (2+ units)2
  • MPH Health, Race, and Social Equity Course - chosen from approved list (2+units)2
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Intervening Summer Session

  • Public Health Field Placement

Third Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 297: Public Health Field Placement (3 units)
  • Choose ONE of the following courses:
    1. SOC WEL 205: Psychopathlogy & Psychosocial Problems (2 units)
    2. SOC WEL 210C: Aging Processes (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)3
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 290A: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 410A: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fourth Semester - Spring

  • SOC WEL 238C: Health Policy - A Social Welfare Perspective (2 units)3
  • Choose ONE of the following courses:
    1. SOC WEL 244: Direct Practice in Community Behavioral Health and Recovery Services across the Adult Life Span (2 units)
    2. SOC WEL 245: Direct Practice in Health Settings across the Adult Life Span (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fifth Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 218B: Evaluation of Health and Social Programs (4 units)
  • PB HLTH 292: Health & Social Behavior Seminar - Fall Capstone (2-3 units)
  • SOC WEL 275: Diversity-sensitive and Competent Social Work (or approved alternate)
  • SOC WEL 292A: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412A: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Sixth Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 292.2: MPH Capstone Seminar (units vary)
  • PB HLTH 299: Independent Study - with PH Capstone Adviser (1 unit)
  • SOCWEL 296: Independent Study - with SW Capstone Advisor (1 unit) 
  • SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

1. PBHLTH 142 & PBHLTH 250A may be taken in the preceding summer. These requirements may also be fulfilled by passing an exemption exam or by completing an SPH-approved higher-level alternative course (see SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved alternatives.)

2. Students must choose at least one option from an approved list for each of these required MPH courses; multiple options may be offered in both fall and spring semesters. See the SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved options.

3. SOCWEL 200 & SOCWEL 238C may be waived with previously-taken course work.  A list of approved course waivers and procedures for exercising the waiver can be found here: "Course Petitions, Exemptions, and Waivers."

MSW A-WELL Specialization + MPH Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health (MCAH)

First Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (4 units)1
  • PB HLTH 200J: Health Policy and Management Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 200L: Health and Social Behavior Breadth (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 210: Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Policy, Practice and Science (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 units)1
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Second Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 200K: Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 290.5: Health Issues Seminars - MCAH Leardership Seminar (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 292.5: MCAH Seminar: Hourbnal Club (2 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed (at least 6 units)

Intervening Summer Session

  • Public Health Field Placement

Third Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 297: Public Health Field Placement (3 units)
  • Choose ONE of the following courses:
    1. SOC WEL 205: Psychopathlogy & Psychosocial Problems (2 units)
    2. SOC WEL 210C: Aging Processes (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)2
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 290A: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 410A: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fourth Semester - Spring

  • SOC WEL 238C: Health Policy - A Social Welfare Perspective (2 units)2
  • Choose ONE of the following courses:
    1. SOC WEL 244: Direct Practice in Community Behavioral Health and Recovery Services across the Adult Life Span (2 units)
    2. SOC WEL 245: Direct Practice in Health Settings across the Adult Life Span (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fifth Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 210E: Practicum in MCH Data Analysis I (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 299: Independent Study - with Capstone Adviser (1 unit)
  • Choose ONE of the following:
    1. MPH Methods of Measurement and Analysis Course - chosen from approve list3 (at least 2 units)
    2. MPH Applied Programmatic Skills Course - chosen from approved list3 (at least 2 units)
  • SOC WEL 275: Diversity-sensitive and Competent Social Work (or approved alternate)
  • SOC WEL 292A: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412A: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Sixth Semester - Spring

  • Choose ONE of the following:
    1. MPH Methods of Measurement and Analysis Course - chosen from approve list3 (at least 2 units)
    2. MPH Applied Programmatic Skills Course - chosen from approved list3 (at least 2 units)
  • SOCWEL 296: Independent Study - with SW Capstone Advisor (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

1. PBHLTH 142 & PBHLTH 250A may be taken in the preceding summer. These requirements may also be fulfilled by passing an exemption exam or by completing an SPH-approved higher-level alternative course (see SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved alternatives.)

2. SOCWEL 200 may be waived with previously-taken course work.  A list of approved course waivers and procedures for exercising the waiver can be found here: "Course Petitions, Exemptions, and Waivers."

3. Students must choose at least one option from an approved list for each of these required MPH courses; multiple options may be offered in both fall and spring semesters. See the SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved options.

MSW SCYF Specialization + MPH Health and Social Behavior (HSB)

First Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (4 units)1
  • PB HLTH 200J: Health Policy and Management Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 203A: Theories of Health and Social Behavior (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 units)1
  • PB HLTH 292: Health & Social Behavior Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Second Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 200K: Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 205: Program Planning and Needs Assessment (4 units)
  • MPH Research Methods Course - chosen from approved list (2+ units)2
  • MPH Health, Race, and Social Equity Course - chosen from approved list (2+units)2
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Intervening Summer Session

  • Public Health Field Placement

Third Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 297: Public Health Field Placement (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)3
  • SOC WEL 212: Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in its Social Context (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 290A: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 410A: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fourth Semester - Spring

  • SOC WEL 210B: Infant Development (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 230: Social Policy - Children & Families (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 243: Direct Practice in Child and Family Settings (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fifth Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 218B: Evaluation of Health and Social Programs (4 units)
  • PB HLTH 292: Health & Social Behavior Seminar - Fall Capstone (2-3 units)
  • SOC WEL 275: Diversity-sensitive and Competent Social Work (or approved alternate)
  • SOC WEL 292A: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412A: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Sixth Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 292.2: MPH Capstone Seminar (units vary)
  • PB HLTH 299: Independent Study - with PH Capstone Adviser (1 unit)
  • SOCWEL 296: Independent Study - with SW Capstone Advisor (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

1. PBHLTH 142 & PBHLTH 250A may be taken in the preceding summer. These requirements may also be fulfilled by passing an exemption exam or by completing an SPH-approved higher-level alternative course (see SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved alternatives.)

2. Students must choose at least one option from an approved list for each of these required MPH courses; multiple options may be offered in both fall and spring semesters. See the SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved options.

3. SOCWEL 200 & SOCWEL 238C may be waived with previously-taken course work.  A list of approved course waivers and procedures for exercising the waiver can be found here: "Course Petitions, Exemptions, and Waivers."

MSW SCYF Specialization + MPH Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health (MCAH)

First Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (4 units)1
  • PB HLTH 200J: Health Policy and Management Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 200L: Health and Social Behavior Breadth (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 210: Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Policy, Practice and Science (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 units)1
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Second Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 200K: Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 290.5: Health Issues Seminars - MCAH Leardership Seminar (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 292.5: MCAH Seminar: Hourbnal Club (2 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed (at least 6 units)

Intervening Summer Session

  • Public Health Field Placement

Third Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 297: Public Health Field Placement (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)2
  • SOC WEL 212: Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in its Social Context (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 290A: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 410A: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fourth Semester - Spring

  • SOC WEL 210B: Infant Development (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 230: Social Policy - Children and Families (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 243: Direct Practice in Child and Family Settings (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fifth Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 210E: Practicum in MCH Data Analysis I (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 299: Independent Study - with Capstone Adviser (1 unit)
  • Choose ONE of the following:
    1. MPH Methods of Measurement and Analysis Course - chosen from approve list3 (at least 2 units)
    2. MPH Applied Programmatic Skills Course - chosen from approved list3 (at least 2 units)
  • SOC WEL 275: Diversity-sensitive and Competent Social Work (or approved alternate)
  • SOC WEL 292A: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412A: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Sixth Semester - Spring

  • Choose ONE of the following:
    1. MPH Methods of Measurement and Analysis Course - chosen from approve list3 (at least 2 units)
    2. MPH Applied Programmatic Skills Course - chosen from approved list3 (at least 2 units)
  • SOCWEL 296: Independent Study - with SW Capstone Advisor (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

1. PBHLTH 142 & PBHLTH 250A may be taken in the preceding summer. These requirements may also be fulfilled by passing an exemption exam or by completing an SPH-approved higher-level alternative course (see SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved alternatives.)

2. SOCWEL 200 may be waived with previously-taken course work.  A list of approved course waivers and procedures for exercising the waiver can be found here: "Course Petitions, Exemptions, and Waivers."

3. Students must choose at least one option from an approved list for each of these required MPH courses; multiple options may be offered in both fall and spring semesters. See the SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved options.

MSW SOC Specialization + MPH Health and Social Behavior (HSB)

First Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (4 units)1
  • PB HLTH 200J: Health Policy and Management Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 203A: Theories of Health and Social Behavior (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 units)1
  • PB HLTH 292: Health & Social Behavior Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Second Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 200K: Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 205: Program Planning and Needs Assessment (4 units)
  • MPH Research Methods Course - chosen from approved list (2+ units)2
  • MPH Health, Race, and Social Equity Course - chosen from approved list (2+units)2
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Intervening Summer Session

  • Public Health Field Placement

Third Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 297: Public Health Field Placement (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)3
  • SOC WEL 210i: Group, Organizational and Community Dynamics (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 290A: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 410A: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fourth Semester - Spring

  • Choose ONE of the following:
    1. SOC WEL 230: Social Policy - Children and Families (2 units)
    2. SOC WEL 238C: Health Policy - A Social Welfare Perspective (2 units)3
  • SOC WEL 251: Program Development (2 units)3
  • SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fifth Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 218B: Evaluation of Health and Social Programs (4 units)
  • PB HLTH 292: Health & Social Behavior Seminar - Fall Capstone (2-3 units)
  • SOC WEL 252: Program Implementation (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 292A: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412A: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Sixth Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 292.2: MPH Capstone Seminar (units vary)
  • PB HLTH 299: Independent Study - with PH Capstone Adviser (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 275: Diversity-sensitive and Competent Social Work (or approved alternate)
  • SOCWEL 296: Independent Study - with SW Capstone Advisor (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

1. PBHLTH 142 & PBHLTH 250A may be taken in the preceding summer. These requirements may also be fulfilled by passing an exemption exam or by completing an SPH-approved higher-level alternative course (see SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved alternatives.)

2. Students must choose at least one option from an approved list for each of these required MPH courses; multiple options may be offered in both fall and spring semesters. See the SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved options.

3. SOCWEL 200, SOCWEL 251, SOCWEL 238C may be waived with previously-taken course work.  A list of approved course waivers and procedures for exercising the waiver can be found here: "Course Petitions, Exemptions, and Waivers."

MSW SOC Specialization + MPH Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health (MCAH)

First Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health (4 units)1
  • PB HLTH 200J: Health Policy and Management Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 200L: Health and Social Behavior Breadth (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 210: Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Policy, Practice and Science (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (3 units)1
  • SOC WEL 220: Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Second Semester - Spring

  • PB HLTH 200K: Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 290.5: Health Issues Seminars - MCAH Leardership Seminar (2 units)
  • PB HLTH 292.5: MCAH Seminar: Hourbnal Club (2 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed (at least 6 units)

Intervening Summer Session

  • Public Health Field Placement

Third Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 297: Public Health Field Placement (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 200: Theories for Multilevel Practice (2 units)2
  • SOC WEL 210i: Group, Organizationand and Community Dynamics (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 240: Historical, Philosophical, and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 241: Foundations of Multilevel Practice (3 units)
  • SOC WEL 290A: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 410A: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fourth Semester - Spring

  • Choose ONE of the following:
    1. SOC WEL 230: Social Policy - Children and Families (2 units)
    2. SOC WEL 238C: Health Policy - A Social Welfare Perspective (2 units)2
  • SOC WEL 251: Program Development (2 units)2
  • SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (4 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Fifth Semester - Fall

  • PB HLTH 210E: Practicum in MCH Data Analysis I (3 units)
  • PB HLTH 299: Independent Study - with Capstone Adviser (1 unit)
  • Choose ONE of the following:
    1. MPH Methods of Measurement and Analysis Course - chosen from approve list3 (at least 2 units)
    2. MPH Applied Programmatic Skills Course - chosen from approved list3 (at least 2 units)
  • SOC WEL 252: Program Implementation (2 units)
  • SOC WEL 292A: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412A: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

Sixth Semester - Spring

  • Choose ONE of the following:
    1. MPH Methods of Measurement and Analysis Course - chosen from approve list3 (at least 2 units)
    2. MPH Applied Programmatic Skills Course - chosen from approved list3(at least 2 units)
  • SOC WEL 275: Diversity-sensitive and Competent Social Work (or approved alternate)
  • SOCWEL 296: Independent Study - with SW Capstone Advisor (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (1 unit)
  • SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (6 units)
  • Elective course(s) as needed

1. PBHLTH 142 & PBHLTH 250A may be taken in the preceding summer. These requirements may also be fulfilled by passing an exemption exam or by completing an SPH-approved higher-level alternative course (see SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved alternatives.)

2. SOCWEL 200, SOCWEL 251, SOCWEL 238C may be waived with previously-taken course work.  A list of approved course waivers and procedures for exercising the waiver can be found here: "Course Petitions, Exemptions, and Waivers."

3. Students must choose at least one option from an approved list for each of these required MPH courses; multiple options may be offered in both fall and spring semesters. See the SPH Student Handbook for a complete list of approved options.

Field Education Requirements

  • 25 units of MSW Field Education:
    • SOC WEL 290A + SOC WEL 290B: Foundation Field Integration Seminar (3 units total)
    • SOC WEL 410A + SOC WEL 410B: Foundation Field Practicum (8 units total)
    • SOC WEL 292A + SOC WEL 292B: Advanced Field Integration Seminar (2 units total)
    • SOC WEL 412A + SOC WEL 412B: Advanced Field Practicum (12 units total)
  • PB HLTH 297: Public Health Field Placement (3 units)

With approval of faculty in both schools, an integrated placement may be developed in collaboration between Social Welfare and the Center for Public Health Practice and Leadership. The minimum requirement for an integrated placement is a combined 140 days and 15 units. Although it may be possible to combine public health and social welfare field placements, most students in the concurrent degree program have preferred to take advantage of the separate summer public health practice internship placement.

Concurrent degree students have also “stretched” their Advanced MSW field placement into the summer prior to their final year to alleviate the amount of time spent at the field placement during the fall and spring semester. Students can explore this option with their Field Consultant and MSW Graduate Student Advisor.

Field Placement and Class Scheduling

Concurrent MSW/MPH students begin their social work field placement in the fall of their second year. When planning your schedule, please be aware that you will have field placement for 2-3 days a week for the last two years of your program. As a result, there will be certain classes (particularly in the School of Public Health) that you will be unable to take due to your field placement schedule. It is recommended to take these courses in the first year of the concurrent program, if possible.