The MSW program’s practice specialization focuses on integrating health and behavioral health practice. The curriculum is designed to meet the contemporary workforce needs with regard to healthcare reform and to underscore the major contributions MSW graduates are qualified to make in the future of healthcare systems that address both physical and behavioral health.
The Salem State University MSW Program defines integrated health and behavioral health practice as:
Integrated practice perspective for micro, mezzo and macro systems across settings
The integration of human behavior knowledge, practice, policy, research and field education
An integrated understanding of physical, mental and behavioral health across the lifespan
Students in the Fall start program can select either a full-time or extended-time plan to best meet their needs based on competing work-life commitments. The program can be completed in two years, full-time. Enrollment in the extended program options work well for students who are juggling responsibilities such as work and/or family. The extended program plan can be completed in up to four years.