Social Work & Public Health

Social work students working with medical professionals at a hospital
Master of Social Work / Master of Public Health

About the Program

Interested in advancing social justice and the health and well-being of your community? Merge a broad view of health and wellness with the practical knowledge you need to become an influential leader in social work when you pursue dual Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees at Case Western Reserve, the #53 university in the country.

Our program, offered jointly through our top-ranked School of Medicine and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, gives you the skills required to thrive in your field. Throughout your three years here, you’ll learn to assess the needs, strengths and resources of diverse communities and populations with a particular focus on prevention, program planning and leadership in health-related settings.

Plus, you’ll gain real-world training to prepare you for careers in community health and planning, policy change and development, public health education, epidemiology, and more.

What to Expect

In your first year of our program, your graduate-level coursework will focus on fundamental Master of Public Health topics, including history, philosophy and statistical methods, as well as courses related to a chosen concentration: 

  • Population Health Research
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Health Informatics

During your second year, you'll primarily take Master of Social Work courses at the Mandel School with subjects focused on theories of human development and human diversity, community theory and practice and other social-work-based curricula. 

Then, you'll move beyond the classroom by applying your knowledge and skills of social work and public health in agency settings through field education and practicum opportunities while simultaneously completing your remaining social work coursework and electives and a public health capstone experience.

Request Information


Beyond the Classroom

As a dual-degree student, you’ll have access to academic advisors and notable faculty members from the Mandel School and Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences who will assist you throughout your journey. And, you’ll benefit from our robust network of community partners for internships or research opportunities at over 20 public health and local health centers and nine Mandel School research and training centers

Through your field practicum experience, you’ll have the chance to connect with esteemed experts to tackle difficult and complex issues. Plus, you can select placement settings best suited for you within specialization areas such as: 

  • substance use disorders and recovery,
  • children, youth and families,
  • child/adolescent and adult mental health,
  • aging,
  • school social work,
  • health, and
  • community practice for social change.

By the Numbers


medical and social work schools in Ohio, U.S. News & World Report


social work program out of 319 schools ranked, U.S. News & World Report

3 years

to complete the program


medical school, U.S. News & World Report


student-faculty ratio

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must apply to each program separately and include the following: 

  • Online application, including personal statement
  • Personal and educational information
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts (indicating a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution)
  • GRE scores (optional) 

TOEFL or IELTS for international students (waived if the applicant has completed a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution at which English is the primary language of instruction)

Note: Timelines and due dates are different for each program. Please review each program's website for the correct information.

Contact Us

Richard Sigg
Richard Sigg
Director for Recruitment and Enrollment
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Request Information