Social Work + Health Care and Social Work Certificate

The Master of Social Work (MSW) and Social Work Certificate program is designed to prepare a new generation of clinical social workers for practice and leadership roles in health and health care.

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The MSW with Certificate in Health Care and Social Work program is designed to educate a new generation of clinical social workers to work in the new and expanding health care delivery system being implemented under the Affordable Care Act.

You'll benefit from 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. Our students establish themselves as strong agents of change who are grounded in direct clinical practice and committed to working with under-served populations.

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. In addition, they complete SW481 Social Work, Health and Health Care and SW478 Social Work Practice in Health Care and one generalist elective and one advanced elective. Specialized course content addresses health disparities, theories of health behavior, disease prevention and the social work skills required to work in complex health systems. Students should consult the certificate program for a list of approved electives..

See the full program plan.

This program plan is only for students who start Fall 2019 and after. Students selecting to complete a certificate program should be aware that they will have limited elective choices and will give meeting certificate requirements scheduling priority.

The MSW with Certificate in Health Care and Social Work 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 scheduling to accommodate working professionals; however, not all program requirements can be met in the evenings. 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.

See the full program plan.

This program plan is only for students who start Fall 2019 and after.

Examples of employers for first jobs following graduation from the MSW with Health Care Certificate:

  • Codman Square  Health Center, Dorchester
  • School Based Health Center  Family Health, Worcester
  • Fenway Health, Boston
  • Home Base for Veterans and Families, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston Medical Center, Boston7
  • Brigham and Women’s Primary Care Associates

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  • Certificate
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Social Work at Simmons University

Our progressive, hands-on curriculum integrates education and practice with social justice values, multicultural perspectives and a strong emphasis on field education.

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Our Faculty

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Gary Bailey

  • Professor of Practice and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice
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Hugo Kamya

  • Social Work Alumni Fund Endowed Chair and Professor
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Jennifer Putney

  • Associate Professor and Director of The Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Education and Research
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Suzanne Sankar

  • Professor of Practice and Associate Director of the School of Social Work
Diane Zipoli

Diane Zipoli

  • Assoc. Prof. of Practice & Asst. Director of Field Education
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Eugenia Knight

  • Associate Professor of Practice and Director of Field Education for the BSW Program