MSW-MPH Curriculum

Degrees:
MD/MPH
MSW/MPH

MPH Degrees
PhD Degrees
Admissions

  1. Students would begin this dual degree program within the LSU SSW, and the first year would be devoted exclusively to the first-year SSW Students already enrolled in the social work program may apply to enter the dual degree program provided the application is received by the SPH by the Spring semester of the first academic year. The other years would be devoted to a combination of MSW and MPH courses, with the MPH Culminating Course and MSW Capstone experience occurring in the 3rd year. The respective faculties of the SPH-BCHS program and the SSW have approved an award of 13 hours of MSW credit toward the MPH degree for courses taken in the SSW, and of 12 hours of MPH credit toward the MSW for courses taken in the SPH.
  1. To complete the program on schedule, a standard graduate course load of 9 to 15 hours per semester will be maintained, with 15 hours being the minimum course load for full time social work students while working on their MSW requirements of the dual
  1. For those pursuing the dual degree program, the social work requirements would not The current MSW curriculum (Section F) and the dual degree curriculum (Section H) are attached. Social work students currently have the option of a thesis or non-thesis Capstone experience, an option that will be extended to dual-degree students. The total number of hours for the MSW curriculum (60) would not change under the dual degree program. No web-based social work courses can be taken through the LSU Online program; however, web-based social work courses that are offered during regular LSU Baton Rouge campus semesters can be taken.
  1. A student successfully completing the required courses of study shall receive two degrees, the Master of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health Studies awarded by the LSUHSC SPH, and a Master of Social Work awarded by the CHSE Each of the two degrees is awarded separately by the two schools upon completion of the requirements for the particular degree. The only change in either degree program is the awarding of concurrent credit. A student will have the option of pursuing parallel degree program requirements with common areas of study.
  1. The recognition of concurrent credit as described above allows a student to complete the requirement for both degrees in three years, including summer semesters, instead of the four years that otherwise would be require
The objectives of the proposed MSW-MPH dual-degree program are to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health, prevent disease, and enhance the delivery of evidence-based health and social services in the community. Upon completion of the MSW-MPH dual-degree program, graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the breadth of each field and their interface, as well as have the ability to incorporate interdisciplinary skills in public health and health-related settings.
Year 1 – 39 Credit Hours (10 MPH Hours)
SW 7001 HBSE I (3)
SW 7003 HX/Policy (3)
(Degree credit for PUBH 6221 (1))
SW 7005 Practice I (3)
SW 7007 Foundation Field I (3)
SW 7009 Research I (3)

Fall Semester

SW 7002 HBSE II (3)
(Degree credit for BCHS 6212 (3))
SW 7004 HD & Oppression (3)
SW 7006 Practice II (3)
SW 7010 Differential DX (3)
SW 7008 Foundation Field II (3)
(Degree credit for PUBH 6800 (3))

Spring Semester

SW Elective (3)
SW Elective (3)
EPID 6210 Epidemiology (3)

Summer Semester

Year 2 – 36 Credit Hours (18-19 MPH Hours)
SW 7501 Research II (3)
(Degree credit for BCHS 6215 (3))
SW 7505 Adv. Direct Practice (3)
SW 7506 CAC for D Practice (3)
Elective/Thesis (3) OR SW 7905 or SW 7906
BCHS 6216  Health Program Planning Development (3)
BCHS 6700 BCHS Seminar (3)

Fall Semester

SW 7504 Adv. Social Policy (3)
(Degree credit for BCHS 6213 (3))
SW 7502 Adv. Field I (3)
BCHS Elective (two needed) (2-3)
EPI 6216 Bio Basis of Health (3)
BCHS 6700 BCHS Seminar (.25)*

Spring Semester

SW 7503 Adv. Field II (3)
Elective/Thesis (3) OR SW 7905 or SW 7906
BIOS 6100 Bio-Stats (4) (if not taken in Fall)

Summer Semester

Year 3 – 17 Credit Hours (17-18 MPH Hours)
ENHS 6238  Environ Health (3)
HPSM 6268 H Admin & Mng (3)
BCHS 6700  BCHS Seminar (.25)*
BCHS 6214  Health Commun (3)

Fall Semester

BCHS 6600 Culminating Exp. (3)
BCHS 6700  BCHS Seminar (.25)*
BCHS Elective (two needed) (3)
BCHS TBD Project Management (2)

Spring Semester

*Students must attend BCHS Seminar year 2 & 3, Fall & Spring, in order to get 1 hour credit. Seminar is held at noon twice a month and can be attended via video conference with instructor’s permission.

NOTE: All dual degree students MUST produce proof of both HIPAA and Human Subjects Research Training in order to register for MPH coursework (e.g. CITI Training).


Approved MSW and MPH Elective Courses
SW 7305 – Grief & Bereavement
SW 7306 – Advanced Social Work Treatment of Individuals
SW 7307 – Direct Practice with Children and Adolescents
SW 7402 – Social Work in Corrections
SW 7403 – Social Work and Aging
SW 7404 – Social Work Practice in Schools
SW 7405 – Marital and Family Treatment in Social Work
SW 7406 – Social Work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People Prereq: SW 7004 and SW 7005
SW 7412 – Social Work in Medical Care
SW 7415 – Child/Family I
SW 7416 – Child/Family II
SW 7455 – Management in Human Services
SW 7801 – Family Violence
SW 7803 – Grant and Proposal Writing for Human Service Organizations
SW 7804 – Addictive Disorders in Contemporary Society
SW 7805 – Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders
SW 7807 – Special Topics in Social Work
SW 7905 – Independent Reading and Research in Social Work Practice
SW 7906 – Independent Reading and Research in Social Welfare Policy
SW 7907 – Public Policies and the Aging
SW 8000 – Thesis Research

MSW

BCHS 6220 – Issues in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
BCHS 7351 – Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Health Disparity
BCHS 7352 – Mental Health Promotion in Community Health Sciences
PUBH 6300 – Introduction to Global Health
EPID 6352 – Social Epidemiology
BCHS 6217 – Community-Based Participatory Programming
PUBH/BCHS 6500 or 7500 – Relevant Special Topics
BCHS 6400 – Independent Study
Other as deemed appropriate by MPH advisor

MPH