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B.S.W. Program Reaccredited by Council on Social Work Education. M.S.W. Program Reaccredited by Council on Social Work Education.
Address: 395 S 1500 E #111, Salt Lake City UT 84112
Office: 101 Social Work Building
Dean: Lawrence Henry Liese, Ph.D.
Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.), Program Director: Jason Castillo, Ph.D.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Program Director: Amanda Barusch, Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Program Director: Christina Gringeri, Ph.D.
At one of the oldest and most respected educational institutions for social workers in the Intermountain West, the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Utah College of Social Work demonstrate their passion and commitment to advancing the social work profession through quality education, research, and service.
With focused education and training, the College works to shape social institutions, policies, services, and interventions; to prevent and alleviate human suffering; to enhance individual, community, and global well-being; and to promote social and economic justice for all. Our students are educated in accordance with the core values and principles of the social work profession: freedom of inquiry and open debate, inclusion and shared leadership, respect for self-determination and the need for accountability, and the affirmation and value of social and cultural diversity.
Through partnerships with more than 300 social service agencies-locally and in countries around the world-our students have extraordinary opportunities to learn in diverse settings and apply their knowledge in real-world situations. Our graduates have gone on to develop far-reaching human service initiatives, establish meaningful social service organizations, direct advocacy efforts for the profession, lead state human service programs, and oversee advanced social work education throughout the nation. In short, our alumni are making a significant difference in lives all around the world.
Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Centers and Institutes
Social Research Institute
Utah Criminal Justice Center
Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration
Please see the Social Work B.S.W., H.B.S.W. and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
The practicum (field education) experience offers an opportunity for students to integrate, apply, and contribute to social work knowledge, skills, and values in a community agency setting, under the supervision of a qualified field instructor. A variety of agencies reflecting the profession’s diverse settings and fields of practice are selected for field placements. Each affiliated agency and supervising social work practitioner (field instructor) has been evaluated by the Field Education department. The agency mission, scope of services, funding sources, staffing, client populations, levels of supervision, and learning opportunities are assessed in relation to professional accreditation standards established by the Council on Social Work Education. Criteria for agency selection include the agency’s mission to serve diverse clients and populations at risk, and to promote economic and social justice within the ethics and values of the social work professions. Concurrently, assessment is made of the credentials, experience, educator ability, and professionalism of the social workers who elect to directly supervise student learning as University designated field instructors.
Professional and Community Education (PACE) Program
The Professional and Community Education (PACE) program at the University of Utah College of Social Work is designed to deepen and advance the training and career opportunities of both students and professionals of all disciplines working within the human services sector. PACE programs cover traditional intervention models, cutting-edge trends, evidence-based practice models, and/or non-traditional methods designed to benefit both clients and caregivers.
The professional world of human services is dynamic and ever-changing. To help practitioners “keep PACE,” the College is developing new multi-disciplinary programs that enhance providers’ skills, effect policy change, improve care delivery, and encourage research.
For more information about any PACE program, please contact PACE at 801-585-7565, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the Social Work M.S.W., Ph.D. and Women’s Health Certificate listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
The M.S.W.-Ph.D. program is designed to enable students to complete coursework for the Ph.D. while fulfilling requirements for an M.S.W. Admission decisions are made by the Ph.D. Committee subject to final approval by the Director of the MSW program. Students admitted to this program are advised to complete two years of full-time practice in conjunction with their Ph.D. coursework and dissertation research. Students complete their first-year Ph.D. coursework in policy and research during the course of their M.S.W. training, with the first- and second-year M.S.W. practica usually taken during the summer semesters. For more information about this program please contact the Ph.D. Program at 801-585-5979.
Ph.D./M.P.A. Dual-Degree Program
The University of Utah’s College of Social Work and Department of Political Science have established a dual-degree program which offers the Ph.D. in social work and the master of public administration (M.P.A.). The purpose of this program is to prepare students in a unique interdisciplinary fashion to assume leadership roles in those institutions of government that are concerned with the social welfare of the public. Students must apply to and be accepted by both programs.
Curriculum for Dual-Degree Program
The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 56 graduate hours of coursework beyond the 60-hour MSW program. The M.P.A. program requires 39 semester hours of graduate work in addition to experience and a thesis or public policy paper. Both programs require that students have considerable experience, the Ph.D. requiring two years of professional experience and the M.P.A. requiring either one year of administrative experience or a six-month, full-time internship. The dual-degree program, by consolidating electives, dissertation requirements, and practicum requirements, can be completed in a minimum of 100-120 graduate hours beyond MSW requirements. Updates of all B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D., and M.P.A. degree information are on the College of Social Work website.
M.S.W./M.P.H. Dual-Degree Program
The M.S.W./M.P.H. program is for students who seek advanced training in social work and public health. Students pursuing the M.S.W./M.P.H. joint degree will acquire the skills needed to work in all three sectors, understanding the social service aspect of public health. These skills include the planning, management, and delivery of human health services at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. Students completing the joint degree will have a more rounded understanding of human behavior in the environment, as well as how individuals and communities are impacted by programs developed with a health focus.
Upon completion of both programs, the student earns two separate degrees: an M.S.W. degree awarded by the College of Social Work and M.P.H. degree awarded by the department of family and Preventive Medicine. For more information please visit http://socialwork.utah.edu/academics-resources/msw/joint-degrees/master-of-social-work-and-master-of-public-health-mswmph-joint-degrees/.
M.S.W./M.P.A. Dual-Degree Program
The M.P.A./M.S.W. program is based on the assumption that because there is complementary intellectual and professional benefit form studying social work and public administration in a coordinated program. A student enrolled in the joint degree program should be allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than were that student enrolled in each school or program independently. Then program is designed to help students gain clinical knowledge and experience, along with administrative (e.g., budgeting, human resource management, program evaluation, etc.) experience concurrently. Upon completion of both programs, the students earns two separate degrees: an M.S.W. degree awarded by the College of Social Work and an M.P.A. degree awarded by the College of Social and Behavioral Science, Center for Public Policy and Administration. For more information please call 801-581-4428, or visit http://socialwork.utah.edu/academics-resources/msw/joint-degrees/master-of-social-work-and-master-of-public-administration-mswmpa-joint-degrees/.
M.S.W./J.D. Dual-Degree Program
The S.J. Quinney College of Law and the College of Social Work offer the following program to enable students to pursue both a J.D. degree and an M.S.W. degree simultaneously. As graduate from the M.S.W./J.D. program, with both clinical social work and legal skills, will be better prepared to discover and understand the special needs of people who are disadvantaged and will also be prepared to advocate more effectively for clients within the complex legal system. The M.S.W./J.D. program is based on the premise that, because there is complementary intellectual benefit from studying law and social work in coordinated program, a student enrolled in the joint degree program are allowed to earn both degrees in less time and with a lower overall credit requirement than a student enrolled in each school or program independently. For more information please visit http://www.law.utah.edu/student-handbook/j-d-m-s-w/.
Scholarships are available for B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs for the College of Social Work. For information or application materials contact the College of Social Work at 801-581-6192 or visit our web site at http://www.socialwork.utah.edu/.
Program and Courses Offerings
- SW 1000 - Introduction to Online Learning for Social Work Students
- SW 1010 - Social Work and Social Welfare: The Profession and Institution
- SW 2100 - Human Behavior and Social Environment I
- SW 3000 - Applied Social Work Statistics
- SW 3030 - Human Physiology and Behavior
- SW 3110 - Social Work Practice I: Individuals
- SW 3200 - Human Behavior and Social Environment II
- SW 3214 - Introduction to Child Welfare
- SW 3300 - Evidence-Based Research
- SW 3314 - Trauma-Focused Child Welfare Practice
- SW 3315 - The DSM-5 For Case Managers
- SW 3550 - Social Diversity and Cultural Understanding
- SW 3564 - Native Americans in Modern Society: Implications for Social Policy
- SW 3601 - SW Global Ethics
- SW 3602 - Global Leadership and Administration
- SW 3603 - Social Work Language for Academic Success
- SW 3605 - Global Conflict Management
- SW 3700 - International Study Abroad Programs in Social Work
- SW 3715 - Introduction to Dynamics of Addiction
- SW 3716 - Introduction to Professional Development (Ethics and Skills)
- SW 3717 - Introduction to Counseling: Theory and Skills
- SW 3720 - Immigration & Resettlement: Interdisciplinary & Community Perspectives
- SW 3725 - Introduction to Neurochemistry & Pharmacology
- SW 3726 - Intermediate Professional Development (Ethics and Skills)
- SW 3804 - Special Topics
- SW 3820 - Introduction to Equine Therapy for Facilitators
- SW 3900 - Alcohol & Drug Special Topics LAB
- SW 4100 - Global Community Based Research
- SW 4301 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
- SW 4401 - Social Work Research and Evaluation
- SW 4414 - Advanced Child Welfare Practice with Children and Families of Color
- SW 4430 - Social Work Practice II: Couples, Families, and Small Groups
- SW 4440 - Social Work Practice III
- SW 4444 - Advanced Social Work Writing
- SW 4702 - Social Work Practicum
- SW 4782 - Social Work Practicum Seminar
- SW 4823 - Survey Research for Global Social Issues
- SW 4900 - Exploring Social and Political Culture in Ghana
- SW 4949 - Independent Study Special Topics
- SW 4950 - Undergraduate Research
- SW 4999 - Honors Thesis Project
- SW 5535 - Social Justice Advocacy Techniques and Skills
- SW 5706 - A&D: Alcohol & Substance Use Disorder Field Training II
- SW 5709 - A&D: Alcohol & Substance Use Disorder Field Training I
- SW 5710 - A&D: Alcohol & Substance Use Disorder Field Training III
- SW 5711 - A&D: Introduction to Functions & Recovery
- SW 5712 - Alcohol & Drug Abuse: Functions and Recovery II
- SW 5713 - Alcohol & Drug Abuse: Functions and Recovery III
- SW 5721 - Advanced Dynamics of Addiction - Evaluation & Treatment Planning
- SW 5722 - Advanced Counseling: Theory & Skills
- SW 5723 - Advanced Professional Development (Ethics & Skills)
- SW 5830 - Variable Topics
- SW 5860 - Workshops, Seminars (Summer Institute)
- SW 6001 - Practice I: Assessment, Engagement, Intervention, and Evaluation
- SW 6002 - Practice II
- SW 6010 - Introduction to Evidence Informed Practice I
- SW 6012 - Practice II
- SW 6030 - HBSE
- SW 6040 - DSM and Psychopathology
- SW 6101 - Practice II
- SW 6102 - Practice Lecture/Application II
- SW 6110 - Research for Social Work Practice
- SW 6120 - Diversity & Social Justice: Reflexive & Ethical Social Work Practice I
- SW 6121 - Bridge Reflexive
- SW 6140 - Social Justice, Human Rights and Macro Social Work Practice I
- SW 6200 - Advanced Standing Bridge Practice
- SW 6201 - Practice I: Role of Social Workers in Health Settings
- SW 6202 - Social Change in the Health Sector
- SW 6203 - Integrated Behavioral Health Practice
- SW 6220 - Diversity & Social Justice: Reflexive and Ethical Social Work Practice II
- SW 6240 - Social Justice, Human Rights and Macro Social Work Practice II
- SW 6301 - Child Welfare Prac. I: Evidenced-based Practice & Intervention for Trauma in Children/Adolescents
- SW 6302 - Child Welfare Practice II: Trauma Focused Intervention Across Ages, Cultures and Settings
- SW 6303 - Leadership: Developing a Trauma Informed Child Welfare System
- SW 6331 - Issues in Reproductive Health
- SW 6350 - Global Social Work Practice I: Global Perspectives in Social Work
- SW 6351 - Global Social Work Practice II: Practice with Immigrant & Refugee Communities
- SW 6352 - Global Issues in Women’s Health
- SW 6401 - Mental Health Practice I: Children and Adolescents
- SW 6402 - Mental Health Practice II: Adults and Aging
- SW 6500 - Optional Social Work Practicum
- SW 6511 - Field Practicum I
- SW 6512 - Field Practicum II
- SW 6520 - Issues in Women’s Health
- SW 6521 - Advanced Field Practicum I
- SW 6522 - Advanced Field Practicum II
- SW 6523 - Advanced Field Practicum III
- SW 6621 - Variable Topics
- SW 6622 - Variable Topics
- SW 6623 - Variable Topics
- SW 6701 - Forensics Practice I: Theory & Direct Practice
- SW 6702 - Forensic Practice II: Evidence Based Practice Models
- SW 6703 - Social Work and the Law
- SW 6740 - Substance Use Disorders Practice I: Evidence-based Principles and Therapeutic Alliance
- SW 6741 - The Use and Misuse of Psychoactive Medications and their Effects
- SW 6745 - Substance Use Disorders Practice II: Assessment, Motivators, & Therapy Models
- SW 6750 - Aging Practice I - Social Work with Older Adults
- SW 6751 - Aging Practice II - Chronic Health and Mental Health Conditions in Older Adults
- SW 6753 - Aging Advanced Practice III: Mental Health Issues with Older Adults
- SW 6754 - Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging
- SW 6830 - Variable Topics