Offered by the Department of Public Health in collaboration with Temple University's School of Social Work
Temple University's Department of Public Health (PH) and the School of Social Work’s (SSW) dual degree program affords full-time students the opportunity to earn Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees in three years or in four years for part-time students. The program prepares professionals to assess, understand, and address health-related concerns that impact the well being of individuals, populations, and communities.
Temple's M.P.H. is fully accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) and provides a credential that indicates competency in social, environmental, and behavioral aspects of health, the analytic sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics, and principles of health service management, including program planning, evidence-based practice, and evaluation.
Field experiences, which are integral to both programs, provide dual degree students opportunities to apply theories and skills from both professions to health-related practice and to explore numerous and exciting career options. M.S.W.M.P.H. graduates may seek employment as administrators, policy and program planners and evaluators, counselors or clinicians, educators, and/or researchers.
There are four concentrations to choose from:
M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)—Addresses the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and the social and behavioral aspects of community health, health communication, program implementation and evaluation, and health education.
M.P.H. in Environmental Health (EH)—Prepares graduates for practice-oriented careers in environmental health and management, with an emphasis on examining environmental factors and environmental policy that affect the health and sustainable environments of communities.
M.P.H. in Epidemiology & Biostatistics (EBS)—As a terminal, professional degree, provides fundamental training in the public health sciences, epidemiological study design, chronic and infectious disease surveillance, and core biostatistical methods.
M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management (HPM)—Designed to develop professionals in the field of public health who have a clear understanding of the health policy and management of health-related programs, as well as the associated implications for public health practice and the impact on population health outcomes.
The M.P.H. culminating experience requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experience, and to apply theory and principles in professional practice through an internship or independent project based on the student's interests, the M.S.W.-M.P.H. concentration, and faculty advisement. International fieldwork opportunities are available in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.