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MSS/MPH Dual Degree Program

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Advantages of Dual Degree

Bryn Mawr College’s  Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) and Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health (JSPH) are partnering to offer a unique opportunity to complete dual degrees in social work (Master of Social Service – MSS, same as an MSW) and public health (Master of Public Health – MPH).

This collaboration acknowledges the long-standing synergy between social work and public health and also recognizes the growing interest among professionals to further their preparation by earning multiple graduate degrees. The practice of healthcare, especially in serving the neediest populations, depends on community-based multidisciplinary teams of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are well-grounded in health, social, and legal services.

Career Opportunities

With advanced study in both social work and public health, professionals who complete the dual degree program acquire expanded knowledge and skills that broaden their appeal and value in the workplace. Graduates work in managed care organizations and hospitals, local and state health and welfare departments, federal and voluntary health and social service agencies, community based organizations, medical-legal partnerships, and advocacy coalitions.  Those with social work training in direct service provide clinical services, often with additional management or planning responsibilities.  Others serve as programs coordinators, administrators, planners, academics, and consultants.

Program Information for Bryn Mawr Students: Transfer Credits

  • Bryn Mawr GSSWSR students who opt for the MSS/MPH dual degree are eligible to transfer up to 12 MSS credits into Jefferson’s MPH program. This reduces the number of credits required to complete the MPH program from the original 45 to 33 and reduces the cost of the MPH program by 27%.
    • The courses/practice eligible for transfer include:  
      • Research Informed Practice I/II (B133/B134)
      • Social Policy Foundations (B151)
      • Community Strategies and Assessment: Advocacy and Action (B158)
      • Multiculturalism and Diversity: Advanced Perspectives (B254)
      • Field Education III,IV (practicum) (B263/264)
    • MSS first-year students interested in taking their second year at Jefferson must submit their MPH application to Thomas Jefferson University by February 15 for the subsequent academic year.

Dual Degree Timeline

  • The completion of the dual degrees takes approximately three years for full time students:
    • First year: GSSWSR students complete the first year of the MSS curriculum.
    • Second year:  GSSWSR students complete all coursework for the MPH (September to June
    • Third year:  GSSWSR students complete the MSS curriculum while preparing and finishing their MPH Capstone Project.

Program Information for JSPH/MPH Students: Transfer Credits

Jefferson MPH students who wish to complete the MSS degree are eligible to transfer the equivalent of three courses from the MPH curriculum into the MSS program. This reduces the number of units required to complete the MSS from 18 to 15 and reduces the cost of the program by 17%.

  • The courses eligible for transfer include:
    • Health Research Methods (PBH 510)
    • Basic Public Health Statistics (PBH 504)
    • One of the following:  Public Health Policy and Advocacy (PBH 509), Health Communications and Social Marketing (PBH 511), Qualitative Research Methods (PBH 512), or Dimensions of Global Health (PBH 514)
  • The completion of the dual degrees takes approximately three (full-time students) or four years (part-time) students:
    • First year or first two years:  MPH students complete all coursework for the MPH degree.
    • Next two years:  MPH students complete MSS curriculum while preparing and finishing their MPH Capstone Project.
  • MPH students typically choose to complete their MPH degree at Jefferson before applying to Bryn Mawr College for an MSS degree. 

Admission Requirements

GSSWSR to JSPH:

  1. Completion or satisfactory academic progress toward completion of stipulated coursework for the MSS
  2. Minimum grade of B or GSSWSR equivalent for all MSS course work completed at GSSWSR
  3. Competency in basic statistics, demonstrated by satisfactory completion (grade of B or higher) of undergraduate or graduate coursework in statistics; or passing score on JSPH Basic Statistics Qualifying Test
  4. Sincere interest and readiness to matriculate into the MPH degree program as demonstrated by personal essay and interview

JSPH to GSSWSR:

  1. Completion of stipulated  coursework
  2. Minimum grade point average of B for all MPH coursework completed at JSPH.
  3. Sincere interest and readiness to matriculate into the MSS degree program as demonstrated by personal essays and optional interview