The Zilber School of Public Health and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical, research- based policy and practice knowledge and accompanying skill sets, to address health inequities and inequalities and respond to the health and well-being needs of communities at the local, regional, national and international arenas.

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.

Admission

Students are admitted to each graduate program separately and based on admission requirements which are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the MPH program in the Zilber School of Public Health, and the MSW program of the Department of Social Work.

Credits and Courses

Students accepted into this MPH/MSW program complete the following courses:

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Required Common Core Courses (24 Credits)
Required Common Core Courses
PH 702Introduction to Biostatistics3
PH 703Environmental Health Sciences3
PH 704Principles and Methods of Epidemiology3
PH 705Principles of Public Health Policy and Administration3
PH 706Perspectives on Community & Behavioral Health3
PH 708Health Systems and Population Health3
PH 791
SOC WRK 823
Leadership in Public Health
and Coordinated Public Health and Social Work Field Education
4
PH 800Capstone in Public Health2
Total Credits24
Students specialize in one of five tracks of study:
  • Biostatistics *
  • Community and Behavioral Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Epidemiology *
  • Public Health Policy and Administration *

* These tracks are currently not available in the Coordinated MPH/MSW

Biostatistics Track (22 credits)

In addition to the common MPH core classes, students complete:

Required Courses13
Seminar in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (1 cr)
Intermediate Biostatistics
Probability and Statistical Inference
Analyzing Observational and Experimental Data
Data Management and Visualization in R
“S”electives – Choose three (9 credits minimum)9
Introduction to Statistical Computing
Public Health Informatics
Statistical Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology
Applied Categorical Data
Applied Survival Analysis
Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis
Special Topics in Biostatistics:
Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics
Design, Conduct and Analysis of Clinical Trials
Total Credits22
Community and Behavioral Health Promotion Track (24 credits)

In addition to the common MPH core classes, students complete:

Required Courses15
Public Health Principles and Practice
Theories and Models of Health Behavior
Community Health Assessment
Program Planning & Implementation in Public Health
Program Evaluation in Public Health
Methods “S”electives- choose two6
Survey Research Methods in Public Health
Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration
Community Engagement and Participatory Research Approaches in Public Health
Electives3
Total Credits24
Environmental Health Sciences Track (23 Credits)

In addition to the common MPH core classes, students complete:

Required Courses11
Public Health Principles and Practice
Environmental Risk Assessment
Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences (1 credit x 2)
Environmental Epidemiology
Built Environment “S” elective – Choose one3
Special Topics:
Physical Geography of the City
Urban Sustainability
Urban Sustainability
The Internal Structure of the City
Ergonomics
Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems for Planning
Other classes as approved by advisor
Chemical Environment “S” elective- Choose one3
Environmental Public Health Microbiology
Environmental Toxicology
Developmental Toxicology
Biological Environment “S” elective- Choose one3
Environmental Public Health Microbiology
Developmental Toxicology
Mechanisms of Infectious Disease
Elective – Choose one additional course3
Total Credits23
Epidemiology Track (24 credits)

In addition to the common MPH core classes, students complete:

Required Courses15
Structures of Inequality and Population Health
Social Epidemiology
Intro to Regression for Understanding the SDOH
Epidemiology Field Methods
Epidemiology for Equity
“S”electives – Choose one3
Environmental Epidemiology
Cancer Epidemiology
Critical Perspectives on Nutritional Epidemiology and the Food System
Other classes as approved by advisor
Electives – Choose two6
Total Credits24
Public Health Policy and Administration Track (24 credits)

In addition to the common MPH core classes, students complete:

Required Courses18
Structures of Inequality and Population Health
Qualitative Approaches in Public Health Policy and Administration
Quantitative Research Methods for PH Policy & Administration
Public Health Administration
Principles of Public Health Economics
Content Elective- choose at least one3
Health Systems and Population Health
Violence and Health
Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy
Critical Perspectives on Nutritional Epidemiology and the Food System
Maternal and Child Health Foundations, Policy and Practice
Methods and Practice Elective- Choose at least one3
Community Health Assessment
Program Planning & Implementation in Public Health
Program Evaluation in Public Health
Survey Research Methods in Public Health
Intro to Regression for Understanding the SDOH
Epidemiology for Equity
Foundations of Community-Based Organizations
Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations
Community Change and Engagement Strategies:
Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy
Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector
Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems for Planning
Concepts and Practice of Nonprofit Management
Other classes as approved by advisor
Total Credits24
 Total MPH Degree Credits Required: 46-48 Credit Hours

Comprehensive Examination

Not Required

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Foundation Curriculum20
Social Systems and Social Work Practice
Methods of Social Welfare Research
Cultural Diversity and Social Work
Individual Behavior and Social Welfare
Social Work Methods I: Individuals and Families
Social Work Methods II: Groups, Organizations and Communities
Field Instruction I
Advanced Practice Curriculum
Practice courses8
Direct Social Work Practice I
Community Organization, Planning and Human Service Administration I
Direct Social Work Practice II:
Human Services Administration II
Seminar in Social Work Practice:
Field Courses11
Field Instruction II
Field Instruction IV
Coordinated Public Health and Social Work Field Education
and Leadership in Public Health
Human Behavior Content (Choose one)3
Adult Psychopathology
Development of the Family Over the Life Span
Social Gerontology
Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research
Research5
Evaluation of Practice
Program Evaluation in Public Health
Social Policy2-3
Social Issue and Policy Analysis:
Electives selected from among successfully completed MPH courses6
Total Credits55-56
Total Degree Credits Required:
(1) With BSW: 34 cr.
(2) Without a BSW: 56 cr.

Total Credits for Coordinated Degree Program:
(1) 65 - 82 cr. (with BSW)
(2) 87-104 cr. (non-BSW)

The credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other. A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.

Additional Requirements

Faculty Advisor

All students will be assigned a faculty member to advise and supervise their studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. Students should develop, in consultation with the advisor, a written plan of study, including selection of the specialized concentration. Students may elect to change advisor contingent upon the new advisor’s appropriateness to the area of specialized concentration, the advisor’s acceptance of additional advisees, and formal notification to the MSW specialist in the MSW program.

Thesis

Not Required.

Comprehensive Examination

Not Applicable.

Time Limit

Students in the coordinated MPH/MSW degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.