The Joint MSSW/MPH Degree Program

The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

The University of Texas school of Public Health

UT Health

The Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSSW/MPH) joint degree is a collaborative program between The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work and The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH). The MSSW/MPH joint degree program was developed to respond to the need for a greater integration of the knowledge and skills shared by social work and public health professionals. The MSSW/MPH program will prepare students to integrate social work and public health knowledge and skills in their professional lives as practitioners and researchers.

Curriculum for MSSW/MPH

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The curriculum shown below is a general plan for the MSSW/MPH. By taking a specified number of approved courses in both programs, it is possible for students to complete both degrees in three years (two years for Advanced Standing students), while customizing the program to meet their interests and educational goals. Flexibility in the program allows most students to combine the MPH and MSSW requirements of a practicum with other learning experiences from the MSSW program. Students are guided by a Student Advisory Committee comprised of faculty from both participating school programs.

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Courses taken in each of the following areas with many options available:
Human Behavior and Social Environment

Students accepted into the two-year MSSW program (61 credit hours) and students accepted into the MSSW advanced standing program (38 credit hours) are eligible for the MSSW/MPH dual degree program.

MSSW Program: up to 12 UTSPH credit hours may be taken.
Advanced standing MSSW program: up to 9 UTSPH credit hours may be taken.

Electives (up to 9 hours shared)**
Total: 64 credit hours***

Courses in each of five core areas of public health:
Environmental Health Sciences
Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
Public Health Policy/Management

Public Health Practicum Experience*
Culminating Experience*
Electives (up to 9 credit hours shared)**
Total: 45 credit hours***

*The practicum/internship and culminating experience/thesis will focus on a topic relevant to both public health and social work.
**Up to 9 credit hours of SSW courses (as listed) may count as electives toward the MPH degree, and up to 9 credit hours of
PH courses (as listed) may be counted as electives/selectives toward the MSSW degree.
***The integrated program requires a total of 88 semester credit hours in order to earn both degrees compared to 105 credit
hours to earn the degrees separately.

The MSSW and MPH degree programs are independently accredited through the respective accreditation bodies and are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The integrated joint degree program satisfies the requirements of both the MSSW and MPH degree programs. The MPH degree requires that students attain skills and knowledge in core public health disciplines of Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Disease Control, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, and Management, Policy and Community Health.

Application, Admission and Enrollment

Students seeking admission to the MSSW/MPH program must meet the application requirements of each University, apply and be admitted to both degree programs before being considered for acceptance into the dual degree program by the MSSW/MPH Coordinating Committee. Please note: admission to one program does not ensure admission to the other.

Students are responsible for tuition and fee payments for courses taken in both schools, and upon successful completion of the degree requirements will receive a diploma from each university. Current MSSW or MPH students may decide to add the joint degree option to their educational plan and receive credit for courses. MPH students must declare their intent to enter the program by the completion of their second semester. MSSW students must declare their intent to enter the program by the completion of the foundation year (2 year students) or completion of 9 credit hours (advanced standing students).

Application deadlines for MSSW Program:

Advanced Standing students: June 1st (for Fall admission), April 1st (for Summer admission), October 15 (for Spring admission)

Traditional two-year students: June 1st (for Fall admission), October 15 (for Spring admission)

Application deadlines for MPH:

February 1 (for Fall admission), August 1 (for Spring admission)

Application forms and directions may be obtained from:

UTA-SSW: Email admissions Please include “MSSW Admissions Packet Request” in the subject line; and include your name, address, daytime phone number, cell phone number, and email address. Apply online using the Texas common application for graduate schools.

UTSPH: How to apply

For more information, contact:
Admissions Director
Santee, Darlene, MSSW

UTSPH: Connie Carter

UTSPH: Dr. Katherine Froehlich-Grobe