The MSW with Certificate in Health Care and Social Work is designed to educate the generation of clinical social workers to work in the new and expanding health care delivery system being implemented under the Affordable Care Act. Students graduating with the Certificate in Health Care and Social Work are prepared to work in health services settings including: community health centers, primary care practices, teaching and community hospitals, integrated behavioral health clinics and other health care organizations.
Faculty
    Gary Bailey
    • Gary Bailey
    • Professor of Practice, Director of Urban Leadership Program
    • Phone: 617-521-3977
    • Office: P404J
    Joanna Almeida
    • Joanna Almeida
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-3974
    • Office: P412B
    Tamara Cadet
    • Tamara Cadet
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-3981
    • Office: P412A
    Silvana Castenada
    • Silvana Castaneda
    • Director of Field Education & Associate Professor of Practice, socialwork@simmons
    • Phone: 617-521-3927
    • Office: P304G
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Full-Time Program

The M.S.W. with Certificate in Health Care and Social Work program is designed to educate the next generation of clinical social workers to work in the new and expanding health care delivery system being implemented under the Affordable Care Act. Students graduating with the Certificate in Health Care and Social Work are prepared to work in health services settings including: community health centers, primary care practices, teaching and community hospitals, integrated behavioral health clinics and other health care organizations.

Students earning the certificate complete all regular MSW program requirements, including:

  • A Year I course addressing health disparities, healthy communities, and theories of health behavior, disease prevention and non-medical barriers to health care.
  • A Year II course focusing on social work skills and roles in complex health systems, including hospitals, community health centers, primary care clinics and integrated behavioral health services.
  • Elective choices from an array of course including: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Approaches, Alcohol and Drugs in Social Work Practice, Domestic Violence, Family Approaches.
  • A Social Action course including: Advocacy and Social Action with Disability and Chronic Illness, Health Care and Social Policy, Advocacy and Social Action in Gerontology.

See the full program plan.

Part-Time Extended Program
The Extended-Study Program offers students the option to expand a two-year program into two-and-a-half, three or four years. The first year of the Program could be called part-time, as students devote two days a week to classes and study. Simmons offers flexible evening and Saturday scheduling to accommodate working professionals; however, not all program requirements can be met in the evening or on Saturdays. In the subsequent years, students must plan four or five days per week for classes and field placements. Most students complete the program in three years. Note: A limited number of 16 hour per week/11 month placements are available to students in the Full-Time and Extended Programs.

See the full program plan.

Field Education

Foundation and Advanced year field placements in health care settings:

  • Year I placement is a generalist practice internship in which students gain foundation skills. Settings may or may not be related to healthcare.*
  • Year II placement examples include: Community health centers (primary care and integrated behavioral health units), teaching hospitals or community hospitals (medical social work), the Boston Public Health Commission (community based programs).

*Note: Students wishing to apply to this program retroactively must do so prior to January 1st of their first field placement.

Careers

We are committed to providing a personalized, coordinated, and integrated learning experience. Faculty advisors supervise each student's course load and work with students to help them select field education placements that meet their goals.

Graduates of our program have established themselves as strong agents of change who are grounded in direct clinical practice and committed to working with under-served populations. Areas in which graduates are currently working include child welfare, community mental health, corrections, disaster response, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, housing, juvenile justice, medicine, public health, public policy and school social work.

Alumni Career Examples

  • Ombudsman for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
  • Oncology Social Worker, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Social Worker, Unaccompanied Minors Program, Lutheran Social Services
  • School Social Worker, Brookline Public Schools
  • METCO Coordinator, Cohasset Public Schools
  • Social Worker/Volunteer Coordinator, Health Leeds, Baltimore, MD
  • Program Associate, Children's Aid Society of New York, Family Rewards Program
  • Mental Health Consultant, Children's Hospital Boston
  • Director, LGBT Services, MIT Office of Student Life
  • Emergency Room Social Worker, Children's Hospital Boston
  • Founder/CEO, Osiris Group Mental Health Provider, Boston
  • Constituency services coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
  • Management and policy analyst, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
  • Social Worker, Visiting Nurse Service of New York City, Mobile Community Support Team
  • Director of Volunteer Services, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Newton, MA
  • CEO and President, LBD Counseling & Consulting Clinic, Randolph, MA
  • Social Worker, St. Francis House Homeless Shelter
  • Domestic Violence Advocate, Brigham and Women's Hospital Passageways Program, Boston, MA
How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in attending Simmons. We pledge to help you achieve a successful career, a meaningful life, and a powerful return on your educational investment. Our program is distinguished in many ways: an innovator in social work education; nationally acclaimed faculty; alumni who are leaders in their fields; and an ideal Boston location in the Fenway and Longwood Medical Area.

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