MPH/MSW Dual Degree Program
Two departments in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (Social and Preventive Medicine, AND Community Health and Health Behavior) have joined the School of Social Work to offer several MPH/MSW dual degree program options. Applicants can select from one of two M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) concentrations (health services administration OR community health and health behavior). Applicants then select which of the schools they wish to start in during year one of study, the School of Social Work or the School of Public Health and Health Professions.
This MSW/MPH dual program reduces by one year the usual pattern of a two-year MPH program plus a two-year MSW program. Each candidate must meet all the degree requirements of each program, except for the reduction in total credit hours over the two degree programs as described in this document. Students will complete a total of 88 credit hours, which will consist of 34 in public health courses and 54 in social work.
An advanced standing option is also available, with both concentration choices, but applicants must start year one in the School of Public Health and Health professions. Students will complete a total of 63 credit hours, which will consist of 34 in public health courses and 29 in social work.
Course of Study Options
Students wishing to pursue the collaborative program should first complete a combined MPH/MSW dual degree application. Additional application documents are required by both the School of Public Health and Health Professions and School of Social Work as noted below.
- Complete the MPH/MSW dual degree combined application online and pay the $100 application fee.
- When completing the combined application you will need to select a MPH program concentration and which program you wish to attend your first year of study.
- Submit supplemental application materials, including
- Three letters of recommendation with completed cover form
- A personal statement essay addressing all questions in the "MPH/MSW guidelines for writing the personal statement"
- Two sets of official academic transcripts copies of all undergraduate and graduate study
- Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE); the codes for the GRE are (2925 University at Buffalo; 0616 Public Health)
- The GRE must have been taken within 5 years of your application to the MPH program. It is preferred that you have a minimum score of 500 or 50th percentile for each category (verbal and quantitative) and a minimum of 4.0 or 50th percentile for analytic writing.
- The GRE requirement is waived for persons with a doctoral degree, e.g., MD or PhD, from an American University.
Further information can be found at the School of Public Health and Health Professions website.
All materials should be mailed to the University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, 685 Baldy Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260. Your application materials will then be forwarded to the School of Public Health and Health Professions by the School of Social Work
For information on the health services administration concentration, please contact:
Carl Li, MD, MPH
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
School of Public Health and Health Professions
Farber Hall Rm. 275
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Phone: (716) 829-5382
Fax: (716) 829-2979
For information on the MSW program, please contact:
Kathryn Kendall, MSW, LCSW-R
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
School of Social Work
685 Baldy Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-1265
Fax: (716) 645-3456
For information on the Community Health and Health Behavior concentration, please contact:
Gregory Homish, PhD
Stockton Kimball Tower Rm. 325
Gary Giovino, PhD
Stockton Kimball Tower Rm. 310
Chair and Concentration Area Director