Specialization in Health Care

The program's hybrid curriculum is designed with two options: a 16-month (four trimesters, 55 units) program for students with any other undergraduate degree, and a 12-month (three trimesters, 32 units) advanced standing option for students with a BSW from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The curriculum is full-time and cohort-based, with significant embedded experiential learning and interprofessional education opportunities.

See the curricular plans below and course descriptions in the University Catalog.

Traditional Sequence — 16 months (55 units)

Trimester 1 (Fall)
Trimester 2 (Spring)
Social Work Theory & Practice I
(SOCW 201, hybrid, 3 units)
Social Work Theory & Practice II
(SOCW 211, hybrid, 3 units)
Research-Informed Practice
(SOCW 203, hybrid, 3 units)
Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(SOCW 213, online, 3 units)
Policy & Advocacy in Social Work Practice
(SOCW 205, online, 3 units)
Social Work in Health Settings
(SOCW 215, hybrid, 3 units)
Diversity and Social Justice
(SOCW 207, hybrid, 3 units)
Generalist Practice Field Seminar
(SOCW 225, classroom, 2 units)
Virtual Social Work Skills Lab
(SOCW 209, classroom, 3 units)
Generalist Practice Field Placement
24 hours/week over 15 weeks
(SOCW 287A, internship, 3 units)
Total: 15 units
 
Total: 14 units
 

Trimester 3 (Summer)
Trimester 4 (Fall)
Clinical Interventions in Health
(SOCW 217, hybrid, 3 units)
Advanced Policy in Health Systems
(SOCW 221, online, 3 units)
Social Determinants of Health
(SOCW 219, online, 3 units)
Practice Informed Research in Health Settings
(SOCW 223, hybrid, 3 units)
Required Elective
(hybrid 3 units)
Required Elective
(hybrid, 3 units)
Specialized Field Seminar I
(SOCW 227, hybrid, 1 unit)
Specialized Field Seminar II
(SOCW 229, hybrid, 1 unit)
Specialized Practice Field Placement I
24 hours/week over 15 weeks
(SOCW 287B, internship, 3 units)
Specialized Practice Field Placement II
24 hours/week over 15 weeks
(SOCW 287C, internship, 3 units)
Total: 13 units Total: 13 units

Elective Courses

  • Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment (SOCW 231, hybrid, 3 units)
  • Gerontological Social Work (SOCW 233, hybrid, 3 units)
  • Trauma-Informed Social Work (course under development, hybrid, 3 units)

Advanced Standing Sequence — 12 months (32 units)

Trimester 1 (Spring)
Trimester 2 (Summer)
Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(SOCW 213, online, 3 units)
Clinical Interventions in Health
(SOCW 217, hybrid, 3 units)
Social Work in Health Settings
(SOCW 215, hybrid, 3 units)
Social Determinants of Health
(SOCW 219, online, 3 units)
Required Elective 1
(hybrid, 3 units)
Required Elective
(hybrid, 3 units)
Total: 6 units Specialized Field Seminar I
(SOCW 227, hybrid, 1 unit)
 
Specialized Practice Field Placement I
24 hours/week over 15 weeks
(SOCW 287B, internship, 3 units)
Trimester 3 (Fall)
Total: 13 units
Advanced Policy in Health Systems
(SOCW 221, online, 3 units)
 
Practice Informed Research in Health Settings
(SOCW 223, hybrid, 3 units)
 
Required Elective
(hybrid, 3 units)
 
Specialized Field Seminar II
(SOCW 229, hybrid, 1 unit)
 
Total: 13 units  

1One of the two required electives may be taken in Trimester 1 from another program in the School of Health Sciences if available.

Elective Courses

  • Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment (SOCW 231, hybrid, 3 units)
  • Gerontological Social Work (SOCW 233, hybrid, 3 units)
  • Trauma-Informed Social Work (course under development, hybrid, 3 units)