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Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health

Support "cura personalis" - care of the whole person

With a dual degree in social work and public health, you can become a health leader who both understands, anticipates, and responds to health issues on an individual and community level.

Our commitment to you

Graduates of Loyola's dual MSW/MPH program will have the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to lead in and understand the intersection of social work and public health.

Knowledge

You will learn through a multi-disciplinary approach – from individual to population health – and how the two can be interdependent. 

Skills

You will graduate with public health competencies in the areas of evidence-based approaches, public health and health care systems, planning and management, policy, leadership, communications, interprofessional practice, and systems approaches.

For the MSW degree, you will be in the health specialization track, which includes healthchildren and familiesschool social workmental health specialities, as well as sub-specialties in advanced family treatmentgero-edmigration studies, and group work.

Professional Values

Loyola University Chicago is grounded in Jesuit values: expanding knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith. 

Curriculum

The MSW/MPH dual degree program blends coursework from both the School of Social Work and the Master of Public Health (MPH) program into one, three-year program.

Students in the dual degree will select the Health Specialization within the Clinical Social Work concentration, and the Public Health Policy and Management track within the MPH program.

MSW

The focus of the MSW program is to prepare students to become social workers in their concentrations of practice. Generalist content is taught in the foundation courses from a practice perspective, and prepares MSW students for study during their concentration year. The curriculum equips students with the knowledge and skills to work with both individuals, groups and community systems. 

MPH

The MPH program provides students with the theoretical, methodological, and practical experience to address public health issues. The MPH curriculum consists of required course work in all five areas of concentration in public health (Health Services Administration, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health and Social/Behavioral Health), track-specific and elective courses, a practicum training experience, and a capstone project.

This dual degree maximizes transdisciplinary opportunities for curriculum integration through shared content. The curriculum requires 80.5 credit hours, which can be completed within three years on a full-time basis. The standalone MSW program requires 60 credit hours to complete all graduation requirements, and the MPH program requires 42 credit hours.

Download a detailed overview of the three-year course plan.

Admission

This program begins in the fall term. Applicants the MSW/MPH dual degree should complete separate applications for admission to each of the programs, indicating on both their intent to pursue the dual degree. For similar requirements, you may use the same documentation for both applications (e.g, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose).

MSW Application

  1. A Completed Application Form
    You may submit your application form online. Students who have applied to a graduate or professional program at Loyola University Chicago should complete the reapplication form.

  2. Official Transcripts
    Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate coursework. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor degree or a bachelor degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not acceptable.  If you attended Loyola University Chicago, you do not need to request these transcripts.  Official Electronic Transcripts may be delivered directly to Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management at gradapp@luc.edu.

  3. Two Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required to apply for the MSW program; three letters (maximum) are recommended. Letters can come from academic, professional, or volunteer references; one of each is preferred.  If you graduated fewer than five years ago, at least one reference should be an academic source.

    If you supply your references email address as part of your completed online application form, your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your reference may mail them to: Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management, 820 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611.

  4. A Statement of Purpose
    The personal statement component of your application to the MSW/MPH Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work will be used to assess your writing, critical thinking, and capacity for self-awareness in terms of readiness for graduate level work and supervised practice in the field.

    The personal statement must be a comprehensive essay that addresses all of the questions in the three topics below. You should submit one well-developed, 1,500 word, double-spaced personal statement.

    Topic 1: Describe your understanding of both the social work and public health professions. How do the values and practice methods of each overlap or complement the other?

    Topic 2: Discuss your career interests and goals. In what population or area of social work/public health are you interested? How will a dual education in social work and public health prepare you for work in your area of interest? What do you hope to accomplish with an MSW/MPH?

    Topic 3: What personal and/or professional factors led you to pursue an MSW/MPH now? How do you intend to complete the program? How do you plan to balance the program's academic and field responsibilities with other responsibilities? How will you finance your studies?

    If you are a transfer student currently or previously enrolled in another MSW program elsewhere, in addition to addressing the questions above in your personal statement, please address your interest in transferring to Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work from your current or past institution.

  5. CV/Resume

MPH Application

Applicants with clearly identified career goals consistent with the anticipated training in public health are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a strong academic record and provide excellent references.  All students must have earned a baccalaureate degree. At least one of the following test scores is required: GRE, MCAT, GMAT, or LSAT.

Graduates with an advanced academic or professional degree such as an MD, DO, JD, PhD, ScD, or others  from a U.S. or Canadian institution may request a GRE waiver. Waivers for other advanced degrees (MBA, MPH, MPP, MSW, or others) will be considered on a case-by-case basis; waivers are generally granted if the degree is from an institution that required the applicant to take a graduate admissions test. 

Application Requirements

Candidates should complete and submit via SOPHAS.

  • One set of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • A letter of intent (Statement of Purpose), describing why the applicant wishes to apply for the MPH degree and future career plans
  • Two letters of recommendation

Admission to the program will be determined by the faculty committee. Admission requirements shall be applied equitably to individual applicants regardless of age, sex, race, disability, religion or national origin.

Test of English as a Foreign Language
Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must submit official scores of the TOEFL. 

Guidelines for International Students
For more information about applying as an international student please see Loyola’s Graduate School international application page.

Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping student secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.