Dual Degree Program

Program Overview

Dear Prospective Student:

Welcome to the University of South Florida's MSW/MPH program and thank you for visiting our website! We are delighted that you are considering entering an exciting field that offers opportunities to work at the interface of social work and public health practice, research, planning, policy development, and administration. Established in 1986, the Advanced Standing MSW/MPH program at the University of South Florida allows students to interact with and learn from practitioners and researchers who are passionate about interdisciplinary work.

The MSW/MPH program is a collaborative effort between the School of Social Work and College of Public Health. For students seeking the dual-degree, study in both social work and public health encourages a well-balanced micro-macro orientation which allows a more holistic approach to practice at the individual, family, community, and national or global level. The clinical skills learnt in social work coupled with methodological tools of public health such as biostatistics, epidemiology, and health management and evaluation can help students target the needs of both individuals and communities.

Currently, the University of South Florida dual degree program offers opportunities to combine Social Work program and Public Health program with a concentration in either:

Maternal and Child Health: It is concerned with women of childbearing years and children from prenatal to 21. Focus areas include infant mortality and low birth weight, women's health, early child intervention programs, handicapping conditions, child abuse and neglect, family violence and unintentional injury and adolescent health.

Behavioral Health: It is concerned with the study of mental disorders and substance disorders in community populations. The focus areas include children's mental health services, community- based services delivery, evaluation and accountability in behavioral health, and epidemiologic issues in mental disorders, including co-occurring disorders.

With faculty who either have both public health and social work degrees and/or have researched and worked extensively in both the fields, students can look forward to an enriching experience. 


Manisha Joshi, Faculty Advisor for MSW/MPH Program
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Send email

Marion Becker, Faculty Advisor for MSW/MPH Program
Professor, School of Social Work, Send email

For more details on the Public Health concentrations, contact:

Martha Coulter, Dr.P.H., MSW, Maternal & Child Health, Send email

Bruce Lubotsky Levin, Dr.P.H., MPH, Behavioral Health, Send email