Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Dual Degree MSW/Master of Public Health


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Dual Degree MSW/Master of Public Health

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSW/MPH dual degree program provides a multidisciplinary education covering both a client-centered and a population-based health perspectives to train those who will work to address the health and social needs of vulnerable populations. The dual degree program is designed to prepare social work and public health leaders who understand and respond to social and health issues in order to promote the well-being of communities at local and global levels. The program will have an emphasis on eliminating social and health inequities, through a transformative education, rigorous research, and active community engagement.

Program benefits

  • Inter-professional training in a well-respected university
  • Three-year program as a full time student
  • Fully online MPH coursework (except practicum)
  • Fieldwork opportunities available at Loyola's more than 300 community partnerships


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.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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