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.


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


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 work, and mental 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. 


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 Micro Practice Specialization within the Clinical Social Work concentration, and the Public Health Policy and Management track within the MPH program.

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.

Learn more about the curriculum requirements


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. 


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 program begins in the fall term. Applicants to the MSW/MPH dual degree should complete separate applications to each of the programs via Loyola's graduate application portal, 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). Admission requirements shall be applied equitably to individual applicants regardless of age, sex, race, disability, religion or national origin.


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.