Social Work/Public Health MSW/MPH

About the Loyola MSW/Master of Public Health

The health and well-being of our communities hinge upon education, equity, and active community engagement. If you want to promote health and wellness and challenge social and health inequities, Loyola University Chicago's MSW/Master of Public Health program equips you to do so.

Providing a multidisciplinary education that covers client-centered and population-based health perspectives, our MPH/MSW dual degree program trains you to address the health and social needs of underserved and vulnerable populations. Through it, you will learn how to work with individuals, groups, communities, and organizations to improve public health and well-being.

Program Structure

The MSW/Master of Public Health is a 75-credit dual degree program. It can be pursued full-time or part-time. The MPH courses will be completed entirely online. The MSW courses are offered weekdays in-person with daytime and evening options, with some courses offered online. If you hold a BSW, you will be eligible for an accelerated MSW.

The MSW program offers the Micro Practice specialization with a track in Advanced Clinical Practice. The MPH program offers a track in Public Health Policy and Management.

Micro Practice Specialization

The Micro Practice Specialization extends foundation knowledge of generalist practice and requires a critical understanding of diverse theories and their related evidence-informed practice models with a diverse population. Critical analysis is used to examine these models from an antiracist, strengths, and systemic perspective to plan for interventions that are most effective in situations of increased complexity within our global world. Critical thinking skills, reflexivity, and an appreciation and understanding of diverse political, economic, and social systems as they impact micro practice in diverse settings (e.g. schools, mental health clinics, health care facilities, and others), are utilized to assess and engage client systems in prioritizing and managing clinical problems, and treatment goals. Practice modalities from diverse cultural contexts are emphasized to deepen students’ understanding and ability to apply, modify, and develop practice models relevant to clients’ culture and experience of oppression in society.

Students in the Social Work/Public Health MSW/MPH perogram follow a predetermined curriculum in the Advanced Clinical Practice track. The Advanced Clinical Practice track prepares students for micro-level clinical practice across a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient practice, extended care facilities, and community mental health agencies. This track is consistent with Loyola University School of Social Work’s mission to provide a transformative education for practice-informed social work.

Why Choose Loyola for Your MPH/MSW Dual Degree?

With experienced faculty and a social justice-oriented curriculum, Loyola’s interprofessional MSW/Master of Public Health program prepares you to become a leader in social work and public health.

Flexible formats for working professionals

Our flexible MSW/MPH program allows you to learn in a variety of formats. The MPH courses will be completed entirely online, while the MSW courses are offered weekdays in-person with daytime and evening options, with some courses offered online.

Attend a respected, accredited MSW/MPH program. Our MSW is ranked #28 in the nation and MPH #70 by the U.S. News and World Report. It is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Learn from real practitioners in social work and public health. Loyola University Chicago faculty bring years of professional practice at the individual, group, and organizational levels to the classroom, along with diverse and valuable research interests.

Gain practical experience in public health and social work with internship opportunities. Our vast network of over 1,000 partner agencies will help you make professional connections and secure an internship relevant to your career interests.

Social Work MSWSchool of Social Work

Masters | Part-Time or Full-Time | On-Campus | Fall, Spring, Summer

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This program is designed to develop professionals who have the confidence and skills to take on the challenge to improve individual and family welfare and empower people within our communities to promote social justice. You will thrive in our program if you have a true passion for social justice issues and a determination to advocate and take action to help transform lives and communities.

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Public Health MPHParkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

Masters | Part-Time or Full-Time | Hybrid, On-Campus, Online | Fall, Spring, Summer

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The field of public health is one of the most exciting and dynamic in all of health care and is projected to expand dramatically, creating many roles focused on confronting complex health issues. Through this program, you can position yourself to directly impact the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations worldwide.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Social Work/Public Health MSW/MPH program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Social Work/Public Health MSW/MPH learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

2023-2024 Catalog
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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The Social Work/Public Health MSW/MPH is a dual degree program that awards separate degrees for each program completed. Therefore, cost will equal the summation of each individual degree program's tuition times the number of credit hours taken in that program. Some dual degrees may have shared credits that adjust the total cost of the program. Please view the following pages for more information on each individual program's tuition, and contact the Office of the Bursar with any questions.

Social Work MSWPublic Health MPH

Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Social Work/Public Health MSW/MPH are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: May 1

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Social Work/Public Health MSW/MPH include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • GRE or MCAT Test Score

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Please note the GRE or other Graduate Entrance Exam is only required if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.

Statement of Purpose Details

Applicants to the MSW/MPH dual degree program should respond to the following questions in their statement of purpose:

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

  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?

  3. Discuss your timing to pursue a graduate program now. What personal and/or professional factors have led you to want to pursue an MSW/MPH now? How do you intend to complete the program? How do you plan to balance the academic and field responsibilities of the program with outside responsibilities and obligations?

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Test scores must be sent directly to Loyola from the testing agency. Official documents should be sent by the institution or testing agency to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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