Program Overview

DIRECTOR OF THE MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM (MSW)

Dr. Peggy Proudfoot Harman
308 Prichard Hall
peggy.harman@marshall.edu
304-696-3146

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION OFFERED

  • Integrated Behavioral Health

POPULATIONS OF FOCUS

  • Rural and Underserved Populations
  • Military Veterans/Military Families

CURRICULUM:

  • 30 Hours for Specialist/Advanced Standing Program
  • 60 Hours for Generalist/Foundation Program
  • Evening Courses Offered

NORMAL TIME TO COMPLETE FULL TIME PROGRAM:

  • 1 Calendar Year – Specialist/Advanced Standing Program
  • 2 Academic Years – Generalist/Foundation Program
  • Full and Part-Time Programs Available

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The M.S.W. program at Marshall University offers focused social work practice applications in Integrated Behavioral Health.  Students trained in Integrated Behavioral Health are prepared for internships at the Marshall University School of Medicine’s Rural Health Initiative Programs and be on the cutting edge of interfacing with primary care physicians who work with underserved populations experiencing multiple chronic conditions. These applications include courses in mental health and substance abuse assessment and intervention; social work practice with families and groups; social policy issues impacting health service delivery and social work practice with military families. Additionally, there are many local internship and potential job placement sites through the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital and the VA outreach programs. Since Marshall University is located in a Tri-State area,  more opportunities exist than are normally available in more rural settings.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

By creating interdisciplinary and integrative research opportunities within Marshall University emphasizing the integration of behavioral health and primary care with specializations in Rural and Underserved, Military Veterans and Military Families.

JOBS RELATED TO THIS DEGREE

U.S. News and World Report (2011) indicated in a list of the 50 Best Careers that Social Work has an excellent occupational outlook. The report pointed out that an MSW provides professionals with knowledge and skills to work in roles of Marriage and Family Therapists, Mediators, Medical Social Work, and Public Health.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

  • Fall Enrollment: January 15th – March 30th
  • MSW Admission Requirements
  • No GRE or other test required

MINIMUM GPA REQUIREMENTS

  • 3.0 Social Work GPA
  • 2.75 Overall GPA
  • Other GPAs will be considered on a case by case basis

PROGRAM LOCATIONS

  • Marshall University Main Campus (Huntington)
  • Marshall University Mid-Ohio Valley Campus (Point Pleasant)
  • Marshall University Graduate College (Charleston)