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MSW + Master of Public Health (MSW+MPH)

Concurrent Degree in Social Welfare and Public Health (MSW/MPH)

Berkeley Social Welfare and the School of Public Health offer a concurrent degree plan option for interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of social welfare and public health, leading to the Master of Social Welfare (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.

This three-year program option allows students to enter both degree programs simultaneously, and is designed to permit students the maximum amount of flexibility while fulfilling the requirements for both degrees. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health, prevent disease, reduce disparities in health outcomes and enhance the delivery of health social services in the community.

All Concurrent MSW/MPH students pursue courses and field education in one of three specializations within the School of Social Welfare:

Advancing Health and Wellbeing across the Adult Lifespan (A-WELL)
Strengthening Children, Youth and Families (SCYF)
Strengthening Organizations and Communities (SOC)

AND one of two specializations within the School of Public Health:

Health & Social Behavior (HSB)
Maternal, Child, & Adolescent Health (MCAH)

The 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. Additionally, the specializations shape the field education placements in both programs. Applicants must choose their specialization at the time of application.

How to Apply

Applicants can be considered for admission to the MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree program at the time of admission to UC Berkeley, or if they had applied to a single degree option (MSW or MPH), may apply within the first Fall semester to add the Concurrent MSW/MPH. In the latter case, students must be already enrolled in one of the above-mentioned specializations.

Currently-enrolled Berkeley MSW and MPH students seeking to be admitted into the MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree Program apply by submitting a single MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree Program application through the UC Berkeley Graduate Admissions Online Application.

On average 3-5 applicants are admitted each year into the MSW/MPH Concurrent Degree Program.


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