Dual Degrees: MSW/MPH -- GCHB

Mission Statement
A combined Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees is offered through the collaboration of the Tulane School of Social Work (SSW) and the Department of Global Community Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB) in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM). Through this program, a student can prepare for a career in social work as well as receive training in the methods and practice of public health. The flexibility resulting from both degrees allows the student to fill a professional role in the planning, management and delivery of human services within communities and public health organizations.

MSW/MPH - GCHB Program Description
This joint-degree program is designed for those wishing to pursue a career that emphasizes family and child health.  This program requires completion of 89-90 credits: 75 credits in coursework (detailed below) and 15 credit hours in field instruction. The program begins in the fall semester and takes at least five continuous semesters , including the summer.  In the beginning of the program students take courses primarily in social work, and as the semesters progress students take an increasing proportion of their courses in the school of public health. In the last semester students take all of their courses in public health.

Students should meet with their respective advisors in both the School of Social Work and Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences to review course requirements and map out the best plan to suit their specific career interests.

Admission Requirements
The prospective student must apply to and be accepted separately by each of the two schools, the Tulane School of Social Work and the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Note: the GRE is required for the SPHTM. We strongly urge students to apply to SPHTM before beginning the MSW in the Fall, but application to the SPHTM can be made no later than October 15th for the spring semester. Students who begin the MPH in their second term may require an additional semester to finish all required coursework.

Information on admission to the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, including requirements and submission dates, may be found here --

Information on admission to the Tulane School of Social Work may be found here --

Program Competencies
It is expected that students will acquire both social work practice skills and core public health competencies through successful completion of core coursework in both schools.  Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:

Assess individual and community needs for public health programs
Courses -- GCBH Courses: 6110, 6120, 6130, 6610, 6750, 6270; SOWK 7410

Demonstrate competence in planning community-based public health programs and research projects
Courses -- GCBH Courses: 6110, 6130, 6210, 6270, 6750

Implement and manage preventive strategies, interventions and programs at the community level
Courses -- GCBH 6030; 6110, 6210; SOWK Courses: 7310, 7320, 7330

Acquire the ability to identify and use various methods of evaluating community-based public health programs
Courses -- GCBH Courses: 6120, 6130, 6750; SOWK Courses: 7410, 7430

Communicate and advocate for community health programs and policies
Courses -- GCBH Courses: 6100, 6120, 6130, 6140, 6210, 6220, 6260, 6270, 6770; SOWK Courses: 7310, 7320,7330

Serve as a resource person for community-based programs in public health
Courses -- GCBH 6030, 6120, 6140
Promote cultural competence within diverse community settings
Courses -- GCBH 6030, 6100, 6460, 6140, 6510; SOWK 7120

Utilize clinical social work skills to affect individual and community health behavior change
Courses -- SOWK Courses:  7310, 7320, 7330

Incorporate knowledge of the Public Health core areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health systems management, and the biological, social, and cultural aspects of health and disease in addressing and solving problems
Courses--EPID 6030; BIOS 6030; GEHS 6030; GHSD 6030; TRMD 6010; GCHB 6030

Program Requirements
Completion of the dual degree requires the following credit hours:





School Core Required




Department Core Required








Field (300 hrs. in PH field)







89-90 credit hrs.

Req'd if Degrees Separate

45 hours

60 hours

105 credit hrs.


A sample course schedule for the 2-year MSW/MPH program, for students beginning both programs concurrently in the fall term, may be downloaded here. 

Additional Requirements
Students must fulfill several additional degree requirements:

  • Practicum: The SSW requires a 990 hour Field Practicum (330 hours x 3 semesters).  300 of these hours may be used to meet the SPHTM Practicum requirement, provided those work hours are invested in public health oriented activities (for example, population-based and prevention-oriented program planning, intervention, and/or evaluation).  Both the SSW and SPH GCHB have specific learning goals and requirements that students must fulfill and document regarding their practicum.  Information about the GCHB requirements may be found in the student practicum handbook, information about the SSW requirements may be obtained through the School of Social Work Field Handbook.

  • Culminating Experience: The SPH GCHB department requires students to choose one of two options for their culminating experience, either complete a Public Health Analysis or take a Comprehensive Examination.  Information about these requirements may be found at the GCHB web site.

  • Capstone Professional Project: SSW students are required to produce a body of work that extends what they have learned in coursework into a practical application for social work practice, referred to as the Professional Project, or Capstone Project.  The format of the project is shaped by students’ interests and abilities, and is presented during a poster session held during the last weeks of the fourth semester.  Information about these requirements may be found at the School of Social Work web site

For more information


Tulane School of Social Work, 127 Elk Place, New Orleans, La. 70112  1-800-631-8234