Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduate Courses

SOWK 610H: Social Policy and Practice in Health and Mental Health

Credit Hours



This course provides students with frameworks for understanding the interrelationships between developments in health policy, mental health policy, delivery systems, and social work practice.  Aspects of the health and mental health care delivery systems and financing are identified, including their effects on mental health care access and utilization.  Special attention is directed to identifying the needs of underserved and high-risk populations as well as racial and ethnic minorities.  Possibilities for reform in health care are considered.


The course also deals with the organizational context of social work practice in health care.  Practice issues associated with organizational structure, patient-centered care, team and interdisciplinary relations, as well as collaboration and conflict, are considered.  Ethical dilemmas and the significance of values will also be discussed in the course.