What is public health social work?
Public Health Social Work is a rapidly expanding field of
practice. These professionals work directly with individuals to improve their
lives and conduct rigorous data analysis to promote the well-being of local and
Public health social workers are comprehensively trained to
understand and address social issues affecting the health of individuals,
families, communities, and populations, such as homelessness, substance use,
violence, and environmental contamination.
Employment: The right degree at the right time
Public health social work is projected to be a field of
dramatic growth in the next decade. Right now, 50% of all social workers are
employed in the health sector. By 2028, this percentage is estimated to be
What can I do with this degree?
MSW/MPH graduates are involved in numerous types of
inter-professional leadership and collaborations in hospitals, accountable care
organizations, integrated behavioral health, and community settings. Graduates are well prepared for a variety of
engaging jobs including:
- Program Planner designs health prevention and intervention
programs for groups, agencies, and/or communities (e.g., educational programs
to prevent vaping or policy initiatives to curb obesity).
- Disaster Response Leader manages the long-term impact of
diseases, such as AIDS/HIV, Ebola, Zika and other problems that need a
- Hospital Administrator plans and oversees the services
provided at a hospital, nursing home, outpatient clinic, or drug treatment
- Patient Service Manager works as a link between patients and
staff to optimize patient care and satisfaction.
- Program Director of a Community-Based Agency is responsible
for overseeing the successful implementation of health programming.
- Policy Analyst evaluates the impact of legislative efforts
to improve community, state, and/or national health outcomes.
- Health Communications Director strategically manages the
internal and external communications for a hospital or other health
- Public and Social Health Researcher gathers information to
define the scope and depth of community, national, and international health
- Adjunct and part-time faculty in MSW, BSW, and MPH programs
teach and mentor the next generation of social workers and public health professionals.
Benefits of the MSW-MPH dual degree at Stony Brook
Career flexibility: Become eligible for social work
licensure (LMSW and/or LCSW) in New York State and national certification as a
Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Cost-efficient: Earn two highly desirable Masters degrees in
a shorter period of time.
Inter-professional training in a health setting: Participate
in an active learning community alongside students and faculty from a variety
of health professions in Stony Brook University’s Health Sciences Center,
including Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Nutrition.
Ability to work in interprofessional teams
Clinical and community engagement, assessment and
Data management and analysis using various software
platforms: R, SAS, Stata, and ATLAS.ti
Biostatistics and epidemiology
Qualitative methods (e.g., running focus groups and
conducting in-depth interviews)
Community-based participatory research
Students who wish to be considered for admission into the
combined MSW/MPH program must comply with all admission requirements for each
degree, (MPH and SSW) including completion of 2 separate applications. Please
note: When completing the MPH application, select the MSW/MPH option to be
considered for the dual degree.
If you have questions about admission or would like more
information about the program, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Amy Hammock:
631-444-3108 or e-mail: Amy.Hammock@stonybrook.edu