Master of Social Work

Simmons's nationally regarded Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Program provides a rigorous clinical social work education for women and men. The Program is highly respected for its fieldwork component, with internships three days per week in both years of the Program. We offer a progressive, hands-on curriculum that infuses education and practice with social justice values and multicultural perspectives.

M.S.W. with Certificate in Health Care and Social Work

M.S.W. with Certificate in Health Care and Social Work 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. 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.

Foundation and Advanced year field placements in health care settings:

  • Year I placement in health care service delivery continuum, examples include: Early Intervention, AIDS service organizations, elder service organizations, long term care facilities.
  • Year II placement examples include: Community health centers (primary care and integrated behavioral health units), teaching hospitals or community hospitals (medical social work), the Boston Public Health Commission (community based programs).

Advisement and co-curricular activities

Students in the Social Work and Health Care Certificate program are assigned an advisor with special preparation in social work and health care. Advisors assist students in course selection, field placement planning and job search strategy.

Colloquia presentations and brown bag lunches offered by community social work practitioners and scholars from the fields of integrated care, health policy and public health.