Social Work + Health Care and Social Work Certificate

The Master of Social Work (MSW) + Health Care and Social Work Certificate program is designed to educate the generation of clinical social workers.

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Our program 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.

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 child welfare, community mental health, corrections, disaster response, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, housing, juvenile justice, medicine, public health, public policy and school social work.

 

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.

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

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 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.

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

Ready to take the next step? We'll guide you through the requirements and deadlines — and get you started on your way.

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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

  • Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice, Professor of Practice of Social Work and Director of Urban Leadership Program
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Diane Zipoli

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