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Add a new perspective to your social work or public health studies with a joint degree or the MSW/MPH dual degree.

Dual Joint

Broaden your studies in social work or public health.

The Brown School offers several joint degree programs, offered in conjunction with other top-ranked schools at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Joint degree programs are a valuable option for students wanting to effect social change within fields such as law, medicine, education, business and architecture. 

Our MSW/MPH dual degree, earned within the Brown School in three years, integrates health, social justice, policy and evidence-based approaches to address complex issues at the intersection of the social determinants of health.

The Brown School’s joint degree offerings pair an MSW or MPH degree with a degree from another leading school at Washington University, or from Eden Theological Seminary.


MSW/MPH Dual Degree

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MSW/MPH students take 33 credit hours in social work and 34 credit hours in public health. An additional 18 credit hours are counted toward the completion of both degrees.

Within 33 MSW credit hours, students complete two practica and have opportunities to personalize your curriculum toward your concentration, with coursework such as Practice with Organizations and Communities, Designing Sustainable Social Policies and Programs and Substance Use Disorders.

Within 34 MPH credit hours, students complete one practicum and coursework such as Gender, Poverty and Global Health, Public Health and the Built Environment, and Health Administration and Policy.

Students take 18 credit hours of MSW/MPH equivalent courses, which integrate issues of social work and public health, including Social Justice and Human Diversity, and Research Methods.

MSW/MPH students have three practicum opportunities. During practica, students apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real-world settings, as well as connect with outstanding professionals within their area of interest. Our diverse list of national and international partner organizations offers students flexibility when choosing their practicum site. MSW/MPH students have completed practica at locations including:

  • American Red Cross
  • City of St. Louis, Department of Health
  • Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center
  • National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis

In the fall and spring semesters, tuition and fee charges are based on your primary, full-time division of study, referred to as your “Prime Division.” Within the dual-degree, you will spend three semesters Prime to MSW Program, during which times you will pay tuition according to the MSW tuition structure and are eligible to receive MSW scholarships. For three semesters, you are Prime to the MPH program, during which time you will pay tuition according to the MPH tuition structure and are eligible to receive MPH scholarships.

Tuition for summer session is paid on a per-credit-hour basis.

MSW Tuition and Fees   MPH Tuition and Fees

We remain a student-centered institution and welcoming community that will guide you in your academic, personal and professional growth, and we are dedicated to connecting each student with the resources they need to thrive.

An Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity fosters an inclusive environment and promotes dialogue among all students. Our Communication Lab and Stat Lab offer support in critical areas of your academic work. The innovative Career Services team prepares you to navigate the job market successfully with one-on-one coaching, specialized workshops and networking events. As well, our three-tiered advising system ensures you have faculty and administrative guidance throughout your program.

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Those interested in the MSW/MPH dual degree must apply to both programs separately. For both programs, admissions and scholarship decisions are based primarily on a review of the following:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Brown School
  • Undergraduate GPA
  • Additional academic work
  • Specialized training relevant to the program
  • Human service-related experience
  • Leadership experience or potential
  • Ability to think critically
  • Recommendations from academic and professional references

MSW Application Information    MPH Application Information

Fajer Saeed Ebrahim

“Social work is justice work. It is the fight to empower the most vulnerable populations through community engagement and agitation for social change. This is why I chose to pursue both law and social work—to advocate for the marginalized.”

—Fajer Saeed Ebrahim, MSW/JD '17
Saeed Ebrahim is a Reproductive Justice Fellow at Legal Voices & Surge NW
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