Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


MSW/Master of Public Health

The MSW/MPH program blends coursework from both The School of Social Work and the Master of Public Health (MPH) 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.


The focus of the MSW program is to prepare students to become practicing social workers in their concentrations of practice. Generalist content, therefore, is taught in the foundation courses from a practice perspective and prepares MSW students for study during their concentration  year. The curriculum of the MSW program is thus designed to prepare students to have the knowledge and skills necessary for them to effectively intervene with and on behalf of the client systems that they serve.


The MPH program provides students with the theoretical, methodological, and practical experience relevant to address contemporary 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.


The dual degree has been carefully crafted to fulfill both program requirements, while maximizing opportunities for curriculum integration through shared content. The resulting 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 for completion of all graduation requirements, and the MPH program requires 42 credit hours.


For a detailed overview of the three-year course plan click here: MSW/MPH Curriculum Overview.