George Mason University

College of Health and Human Services

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Become a leader in public health and shape the future of health care in your community and around the world. A degree in community health, public health, health administration, nursing, nutrition, rehabilitation science, or social work will prepare you to address the issues facing public health in a variety of health care and health-related organizations.

 

  • Aging Studies, Minor

    Aging studies covers a broad range of issues related to the aging process, including physiological, psychological and sociological issues. The topic is a broad and important one and spans economic and health-related fields. People who earn a minor in aging studies are prepared to work in long-term care facilities, senior centers, and government offices with a focus on compliance or policymaking.

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  • Assisted Living/Senior Housing, Concentration in the Health Administration BS

    This program offers the first curriculum dedicated exclusively to the management of the nation's active adult, independent living, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities. Since its inception, program alumni have gained employement in community, regional, divisional, corporate, association, and related senior housing positions throughout the United States. The concentration is designed to provide graduates with the operational, marketing, resident care, and hospitality services skills required to become effective executives and managers of senior housing communities. Equally important, the program provides exposure to and understanding of the unique philosophy of senior housing relative to choice, dignity, autonomy, and quality of life for older adults.

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  • Community Health, BS, Accelerated MPH

    Qualified undergraduates can earn a BS and a Master of Public Health in a condensed time frame. The MPH is the most widely recognized professional degree for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. The program is designed for undergraduate students who have at least 75, but no more than 90 credits toward any bachelor’s degree.

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  • Community Health, BS, Concentration in Clinical Science

    This concentration prepares students for post-graduate clinical training in a health profession such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, occupational and physical therapy, and pharmacy. It helps students tailor their curriculum to satisfy pre-requisites for these programs.

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  • Community Health, BS, Concentration in Global Health

    The global health concentration focuses on understanding diseases and other health security threats reflecting the new global landscape, such as tobacco use and obesity, and emerging pandemics such as avian influenza, Ebola, and the Zika virus. This concentration is designed for students interested in public health at the global level and is particularly focused on improving health conditions in less developed countries.

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  • Community Health, BS

    Public and community health professionals provide vital services to improve the health outcomes of people in all types of populations, locally and throughout the world. Mason offers a BS in community health that gives students an understanding of public health and the health care system, and of issues and policies as they relate to disease prevention, public education and interventions, and health promotion for local and international populations. Graduates work in government and non-governmental agencies, in nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Students may select from concentrations in clinical science or global health.

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  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Graduate Certificate

    Mason offers a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate for those who want to focus on the assessment and management of serious mental illness. The program provides students with a formal study in the theory and practice of advanced psychiatric nursing that prepares them to provide individual, group, and family counseling. Graduates of the program have prescriptive authority and the ability to offer medication management and psychotherapy services.

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  • Food Security, Graduate Certificate

    Nearly a billion people across our nation and world face hunger and food insecurities. Mason’s graduate certificate in food security provides students with a full understanding of nutrition, food studies, and geography to prepare them for careers that address these growing concerns. Graduates go on to jobs in government agencies, multilateral organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

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  • Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate program in gerontology combines theoretical and applied course work in aging with the student’s graduate curriculum in any department. Because gerontology is by definition multidisciplinary, students are required to take course work outside their major field. The program is administered by CHHS and housed in the Department of Social Work.

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  • Global Health, MS

    The MS in Global Health incorporates epidemiology and biostatistics, region-based nutrition, cross-cultural perspectives in mental health issues, community health assessment, program evaluation, human resource concerns, international health systems and organizations, refugee and internally displaced people health issues, and international health research. Practicum or thesis options let students explore current dilemmas, demands, and health services with a global focus and perspective.

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  • Health Administration, BS

    The BS in health administration, certified through the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) prepares students to become managers in hospitals, clinics, community health, home care, long-term care, and managed-care organizations. Graduates can also find careers in physician practices, information technology, medical technology and supply organizations, advocacy organizations and professional associations, the insurance industry, and consultant services. Students will have knowledge of health care policy and business skills. Concentrations are offered in health systems management, assisted living/senior housing administration, and health informatics.

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  • Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate prepares clinicians, health care managers and information technology professionals to develop and manage health information technology systems. Course work stresses the impact of technology on the quality of health care services. Students can focus on general health informatics or health data analytics. They can also participate in an optional practicum course.

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  • Health Informatics, MS

    The Master of Science in Health Informatics is offered through the Department of Health Administration and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Volgenau School of Engineering. Students obtaining this degree will have had the required experience and received the highly specialized knowledge and skills needed to support the adoption and use of health information systems and analytic applications for a variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes. Graduates are prepared for careers in the fields of health information systems, health data analysis, management and consulting in health information technology firms, and health care/service organizations and their business partners, as well as public health entities. Students will be familiar with emerging technologies and be prepared to analyze, design and manage evolving health information systems for a wide variety of clinical, administrative and research purposes.

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  • Health Information Technology, Minor

    Located within the Department of Health Administration and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, the minor in Health Information Technology introduces students, in a non-technical context, to the utilization of information management in health care management and policy. Students will examine the current and projected role of health information management in the delivery of health care and development of health policy and apply this information in a practical research endeavor.

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  • Health Services Research, PhD

    Students in this post-master's program gain the knowledge and skills to creatively research complex health and health system problems. They identify and develop innovations in health policy and health analytics. Graduates are educators, researchers, scholars, and leaders in health care organizations, health care consulting firms, higher education, government and nonprofit organizations, and private businesses that support or regulate public and private health service entities.

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  • Health Systems Management, MHA

    The Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), gives students the knowledge and skills to work as leaders and executive-level managers in health care organizations. The curriculum was developed in response to the demand for advanced health management preparation for a variety of health care and allied health professionals to be employed in hospitals, health systems, consulting and regulatory entities, medical practice groups, ambulatory clinics, managed care organizations, and government agencies in both the public and private sectors of health care.

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  • Health and Medical Policy, MS

    The MS in Health and Medical Policy is offered jointly by the College of Health and Human Services and the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. It prepares students to become health policy decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels, to be consultants, to support the work of foundations, or to engage with public health and advocacy organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to assess health systems approaches; formulate new policies; and support policy development in health care financing, health and medical professional development, health systems innovation, and the allocation of scarce resources. Students applying to the program will be admitted to one of two concentrations: Health Policy or Global Medical Policy.

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  • Health and Social Policy, Minor

    The minor in Health and Social Policy introduces students to the context and process for public policymaking in health care and social services. Students will examine the current environment for health and social policy, learn the elements of the public policymaking process, and apply this knowledge in a practical research endeavor. This minor is a joint program offered by the Department of Health Administration and Policy and the Department of Social Work. Students must complete a research internship course that will focus on an area of applied health or social policy.

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  • Nurse Practitioner, Concentrations in the Nursing MSN

    Two nurse practitioner concentrations are offered within the MSN program: adult gerontology nurse practitioner and the family nurse practitioner. Graduates of the nurse practitioner track are prepared to provide primary care to patients in such settings as health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics, public health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, home care, family practice settings, and neighborhood and community clinics serving the medically underserved. Nurse practitioners have the depth of knowledge to manage the common health issues of patients of all ages. The MSN program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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  • Nursing Administration, Concentration in the Nursing MSN

    The master’s degree in nursing, concentration in nursing administration, prepares students to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership and provides students with the skills to develop strategic organizational plans for implementing evidence-based patient care. The MSN program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

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  • Nursing Education, Graduate Certificate

    This Nursing Education Graduate Certificate prepares students to function in nursing educational roles in academic and nonacademic settings by combining foundation courses in education with courses in the principles and practices of nursing education. Applicants must hold a master's degree in nursing. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall semester only. The certificate may be pursued only on a part-time basis.

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  • Nursing, BSN

    The School of Nursing has been preparing the next generation of nurse leaders, clinicians, and researchers for more than 40 years. There are several pathways to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), including the traditional pathway, the accelerated second-degree pathway, and the RN-to-BSN pathway. The BSN Program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The undergraduate program prepares students to deliver superior care and leadership in an increasingly complex and challenging health industry. Graduates are in demand at hospitals, long-term care facilities, and care agencies. The program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, capitalizing on early detection of potential health problems, health maintenance in ambulatory and acute-care agencies, and preparation for needed managerial responsibilities. 

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  • Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares graduates to become experts as nurse practitioners, nurse administrators, or clinical nurse specialists. The program emphasizes evaluating and applying the evidence that supports practice, understanding and creating practice delivery systems based on patient outcomes; and assuming leadership roles. Candidates can concentrate on care of individuals or care of groups. BSN to DNP students must complete Level I core and advanced-practice competency courses relevant to their chosen concentration before taking Level II core essentials. The DNP will draw on expertise from throughout the College of Health and Human Services in such areas as health economics, health policy, and epidemiology. Graduates will be able to assume many roles in the health care system, including direct patient care, clinical nursing faculty, practice management, and policy development.

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  • Nursing, MSN

    The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It prepares nurses for a variety of leadership roles in the health care delivery system.

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  • Nursing, Nurse Educator Concentration, MSN

    Nurse educators who work in university settings provide an essential teaching platform for baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who want to advance their knowledge, practice, and research abilities. The nurse educator develops programs of study to expand knowledge of nursing principles, assessment, and technical skills to promote quality health care for patients. Nurse educators who work in a health care environment educate nurses and assistive personnel to create opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and instruction in new clinical information and technology. The MSN program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

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  • Nursing, PhD

    The Nursing PhD prepares scholars to pursue intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship through independent and collaborative research, advance nursing science, and provide leadership in the nursing profession. Students will develop a depth of knowledge in their scientific emphasis area through course work and mentored research, electives, independent study, and dissertation research. On graduation, students will be able to conduct independent research in nursing and health care, and participate in research with nurses and scholars from other disciplines. The program offers an individualized area of concentration and prepares nurses for leadership roles in a variety of organizations, health related agencies, and educational institutions.

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  • Nursing, RN to MSN Pathway, MSN

    The MSN program prepares nurses for a variety of leadership roles in the health care system. The RN to MSN pathway allows RNs who have completed prerequisite course requirements (i.e., nursing prerequisites, elective prerequisites, and the Mason Core requirements) and have demonstrated substantial involvement in professional nursing in a clinical practice within the past two years, to earn an MSN degree. The MSN program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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  • Nutrition, Graduate Certificate

    Students will be trained to apply nutrition principles and the latest scientific evidence and methods of nutrition to health practice and research among different populations. The program emphasizes understanding the role of nutrition in health and well-being and the development of skills needed to practice, analyze and interpret nutrition-related information and data. Students will learn nutrition principles, how to assess an individual and a group's nutritional status, and how to develop intervention plans and evaluate the results.

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  • Nutrition, MS

    Students learn to assess, evaluate, and intervene in the most current and relevant nutrition issues, and will be able to work for agencies, businesses, and organizations that seek to improve nutrition at the local, national, and global levels. Students will also be prepared to continue their studies if they seek a research career in nutrition.

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  • Nutrition, Minor

    The minor in nutrition is intended to increase knowledge of nutrition issues and may supplement degrees related to nutrition, health and education. Students are required to take an introductory nutrition course before beginning the coursework in the Nutrition Minor.

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  • Nutrition, Undergraduate Certificate

    The undergraduate certificate in nutrition offers a variety of courses in nutrition for current and future health care professionals, researchers, and others who are commonly faced with community-related nutrition issues. The program is intended to help health care professionals and others who would like to increase their knowledge in nutrition.

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  • Public Health Leadership and Management, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate for Public Health Leadership and Management prepares students to apply the principles of public health leadership, stewardship and policy implementation to manage state and local health departments and various non-profit organizational and community health program initiatives. Coursework focuses on leadership strategy, public health regulatory requirements, public program management tools and policy development skills necessary to function in public health systems in the United States. The certificate is ideal for clinicians and health care professionals who seek value-added career enhancement in public health programs and entities.

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  • Public Health MPH, Concentration in Global Health

    The global health concentration prepares students to apply the tools of public health to the promotion of health in communities, countries, regions, and the world. Coursework emphasizes comparative global health metrics, socioeconomic, environmental, and other risk factors associated with transnational health concerns, and ethical and effective strategies for preventing and controlling infectious and non-communicable diseases in diverse populations.

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  • Public Health, Graduate Certificate

    The Public Health graduate certificate provides students with the fundamental skills and knowledge central to each of the five core areas of public health—social and behavioral health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health systems. Coursework includes environmental health, health promotion methods, biostatistics, and U.S. and global public health systems. The program is particularly relevant for students who are interested in career opportunities in the fields of global and community health.

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  • Public Health, MPH

    The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is geared towards those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. The CEPH-accredited program emphasizes the core disciplines of public health—epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration and policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health—and provides additional training in global applications. In addition to required course work in each of the core disciplines and a mandatory practical experience, students pursue a concentration in epidemiology or global and community health. The program is organized to prepare graduates for work in organizations that seek to improve public health at local, national, or global levels.

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Communication

    This concentration prepares students to effectively use communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. The program emphasizes designing, evaluating, and implementing effective communication strategies and messages to address the health needs of diverse audiences.

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Community Health Promotion

    This concentration prepares health promotion specialists to work in local, state, and federal public health agencies, non-governmental health organizations, the health care sector, and private industry. Students examine the social, behavioral, and environmental determinants associated with the most pressing health problems, and design, implement, and evaluate appropriate health promotion programs and preventive services to improve population health. 

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Epidemiology

    Studetns learn to investigate and analyze factors that influence the occurrence, distribution, prevention, and control of disease. Emphasis is placed on the development of such skills as study design, data collection and management, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research findings.

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Policy

    This concentration addresses the nature and importance of policy and policymaking in today’s public health system. Through course work and opportunities for practical application, students are introduced to the context and process for policymaking in public health, including the current political, economic and legal environment for health policy, and the basic elements of the public policymaking process and government payment systems. 

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Public Health Practice

    This concentration, which is fully online, is designed to advance the competencies of public health practitioners and other health professionals to fulfill their roles and responsibilities in local, state, and federal public health agencies and non-governmental health-related organizations. Students examine the social and environmental factors associated with improving population and community health with a focus on the application of evidence-based public health concepts. 

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  • Public Health, Minor

    The public health minor provides students with a basic understanding of each of the core areas of public health, introduces students to career opportunities in global and community health, and prepares students for admission to graduate programs in public health.

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  • Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management in Health Care Systems, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate in Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management in Health Care Systems prepares working clinicians and administrative support staff in health care organizations to implement quality-improvement initiatives and manage populations of patients to optimize efficiency and effectiveness of care and services. Participants acquire the knowledge and ability to work in interdisciplinary health care teams using the tools and techniques of statistical process control and selected methods and tools from operations research and quality improvement. This certificate can lead to positions within hospital operations; hospital quality, safety, and improvement; quality improvement management/direction; quality reporting analysis; and regulatory accreditation coordination.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, BS

    The BS in rehabilitation science integrates the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics with the applied and clinical sciences to form a comprehensive study of human function and dysfunction and emerging rehabilitation interventions. Students will develop a broad understanding of the theories that are central to the discipline and explore a wide variety of approaches to functional assessment and evidence-based intervention.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in Rehabilitation Science prepares students to apply research and statistical techniques to the study of the enabling–disabling process. Students will acquire competencies in rehabilitation and recovery framework, research design and methodology, statistics, and conduct of applied rehabilitation research. Core coursework includes foundations and applied physiology. Electives include clinical exercise physiology, scientific basis for pain and fatigue, psychosocial aspects, research design, movement analysis, aging and health, comparative effectiveness research, and many more. The skills developed while earning this graduate certificate contribute to student success in a wide variety of careers such as occupational / physical therapy and special education as well as graduate education.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, Minor

    The minor in rehabilitation science is an innovative sequence of courses designed to enhance the undergraduate student’s academic preparation for clinical and research graduate programs. Designed for students interested in graduate admissions in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant programs, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, the minor provides a foundation of knowledge on the science of human movement as it pertains to both health and human performance.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, PhD

    The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program engages its students to develop as scientists across the spectrum of clinical to translational research, reflecting the need for integrated research to address the needs of the disabled. This program educates students in basic and translational science that address mechanisms, prevention and amelioration of disability. The objective of the program is to develop researchers and academics who, through scholarship and original research, create new knowledge in rehabilitation science. Students benefit from mentorship through active involvement in faculty’s own funded research programs. Graduates of this program are prepared for professional careers in academic, governmental, and industrial research environments with the tools to develop their own lines of research.

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  • Social Work, BSW

    The undergraduate social work program promotes human well-being by preparing students to work competently with individuals and families seeking help, and to be leaders in communities, organizations, and the policymaking arena. Social work students are required to successfully complete 450 hours of supervised field practicum in agencies approved by Mason’s Department of Social Work.
     

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  • Social Work, MSW

    The Master of Social Work (MSW) program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), prepares students for advanced practice in social work, including foundational courses in human behavior; practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; professional writing and technology; social work research; and social policies and services. Students choose to concentration on Social Change or Clinical Practice, gaining an understanding of issues including child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, disabilities, health, long-term care, and diversity. All students participate in supervised field experience. Graduates are well-qualified for positions in many settings including human service agencies, marketing research firms, educational systems, nonprofit foundations, and law enforcement agencies.

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  • Social Work, MSW, Conflict and Analysis Resolution, MS Dual Degree

    Mason’s Social Work MS/MSW Dual Degree enables students to earn both an MS in Conflict Analysis & Resolution and an MSW in Social Work. Offered by the Department of Social Work in partnership with the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, this dual degree benefits from strengths of both programs, and takes advantage of the diversity of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The program includes focused coursework in conflict analysis and resolution, as well as direct service with many different population groups in a wide range of settings, policy analysis and advocacy, community practice, research, and organizational leadership. The program prepares students to work in practical and academic/research fields, in government, commercial, and non-profit organizations. 

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  • Social Work, Minor

    This program provides students with conceptual, theoretical, and practical knowledge related to the field of social work at the individual, family, group, community, and societal levels. Core coursework includes introductory social work material, including human behavior and family life, and social policies and systems. Electives cover more specific topics such as analytic methods, legal and ethical issues, substance abuse, gerontology, and social determinants.

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