UGA MSW/MPH Program Expands to Gerontology Concentration

The UGA Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) dual program has been approved to expand to the MPH Gerontology concentration. Students can now choose an MSW concentration in either Clinical Practice or Community Empowerment and Program Development, and an MPH concentration in either Health Promotion and Behavior or Gerontology.

Gerontology is the scientific study of aging and older adults from a biological, psychological, and social perspective. This interdisciplinary field of study is extremely important to meet the needs of an increasing number of older adults in the coming years as people are living longer. In fact, the fastest growing age group are those aged 85 and over.

“UGA’s Institute of Gerontology is delighted to help prepare students for careers combining the perspectives of social work, public health, and gerontology. Graduates will be highly sought after in the public and private sectors as they will have deep insights into how to address the needs of our growing older population at the local, state, and national levels,” said Mary Ann Johnson, interim director of the Institute of Gerontology, College of Public Health.

The UGA MSW/MPH program is the only MSW/MPH program in the state of Georgia and one of about forty programs across the United States.

To be admitted to the UGA MSW/MPH Program, students must apply and be accepted to both the MSW program in the School of Social Work and the MPH program in the College of Public Health.  Students may either apply to both programs to begin concurrent coursework in fall semester of their first year of graduate school, or they may apply within their first semester of their graduate program to begin concurrent coursework in spring semester of their first year.

Learn more about the UGA MSW/MPH Program.

Posted September 15, 2015.