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MSW/MPH at DU Dual Degree Program

This dual degree is offered by the University of Denver School of Social Work and the Colorado School of Public Health on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition to receiving a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, students concurrently receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in a concentration of their choice: Applied Biostatistics; Community & Behavioral Health; Environmental & Occupational Health; Epidemiology; Health Systems, Management & Policy; Leadership & Public Health Practice; Maternal and Child Health; Population Mental Health & Wellbeing; or a custom concentration. To join the MSW/MPH dual degree program, you must apply to each master's program separately and gain admission to each program. When applying to the Colorado School of Public Health, choose the MSW/MPH dual degree program option in the application system.

Quick facts, careers, and skills

When you leave this program, you’ll have a greater understanding of social and community factors that affect health, how to work with diverse communities, and how to promote health equity in your social work practice.

Quick facts

Program location: CU Anschutz and CU Denver
Credit hours: 42

Sample careers

Public health social work leader in
& government organizations
& more

Skills you'll gain

Population health
Public health program design
Systems of care evaluation
& more


The University of Denver (DU) is on the quarter system. As stand-alone programs, the MPH is 42 semester credits and the MSW is 90 quarter credits. With the MSW/MPH dual program, students will complete 75 quarter credits at DU, and 33 semester credits at ColoradoSPH. The MPH program will accept up to 15 quarter credits (equivalent to 10 semester credits) towards the elective credits that are required for the MPH degree.  

MSW/MPH students typically begin dual degree by completing a year of MSW coursework at DU. After their first year at DU, MSW/MPH students will take a leave of absence from DU to begin their MPH coursework in the summer semester at ColoradoSPH. After the second summer semester at ColoradoSPH, MSW/MPH students will return to DU to finish their MSW coursework.   

Total credits: 42

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