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2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  May 29, 2024
2019-2020 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, MPH/PhD, Social Work

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This joint program with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work prepares students to fulfill leadership roles in public health systems or academic settings.  Students in this program, have opportunities to work with local organizations on a variety of planning, evaluation, and research activities.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to apply principles of community-based participatory research and practice to community health assessment
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative skills that can be applied to program planning and evaluation
  • Demonstrate process of planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies
  • Communicate in writing information to the public, to stakeholders and to policymakers
  • Apply theory to program planning and evaluation

All graduates also achieve the core and cross-cutting competencies for Pitt Public Health MPH students.

The BCHS MPH/PhD in Social Work requirements are listed below. Students should refer to the School of Social Work  for the most current program checklist. The joint degree program is designed to be completed in four to five years including time for dissertation research.


  • 72 credits, including coursework and research
  • Foundational public health courses
  • Advanced courses in health communications, program planning, and behavioral theories
  • Advanced courses in research methods and statistics
  • Advanced dissertation research in an area of specialization

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