Course Purpose and Description
Approximately half of all social workers are employed in health settings, and that number is expected to substantially increase over the next decade. While most social workers practice clinically, a growing number work in community, public, and population health.
This course, Public Health Social Work: Core Concepts and Practical Applications, is designed to introduce core concepts of public health social work, integrate perspectives from the distinct, but related, fields of public health and social work, and provide students with practical skills that can be applied in a variety of settings.
This syllabus can provide both historic and up to date materials to assist faculty and students in learning the basics of public health social work and applying them to the most serious public health challenge in many decades. While some COVID-19 specific readings are interspersed throughout each module, there are two COVID-19 specific appendices.