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#1 annch

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Posted 28 October 2009 - 04:19 PM

Hi everyone.

I'm trying to apply for grad school.
However, I can't decide which one to go between MSW or MPH- community health.

I'm currently working for social service organization.
My work is little bit more related to public health field, but also social work.
I've seen both fields for 2 years and I like both.
(I know that what I've seen is not all. that's why I can't decide!)

What kind of personality would be need for social work career?
Which one would be better field in general? (salaries, vision, career... etc)


I also know about dual degree.
But, there are only a few schools that offer the program and
my gpa is not enough to get in to those schools! <- this is the point =(
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#2 zachidacki

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 07:39 PM

Hi everyone.

I'm trying to apply for grad school.
However, I can't decide which one to go between MSW or MPH- community health.

I'm currently working for social service organization.
My work is little bit more related to public health field, but also social work.
I've seen both fields for 2 years and I like both.
(I know that what I've seen is not all. that's why I can't decide!)

What kind of personality would be need for social work career?
Which one would be better field in general? (salaries, vision, career... etc)


I also know about dual degree.
But, there are only a few schools that offer the program and
my gpa is not enough to get in to those schools! <- this is the point =(


You are correct in saying there aren't a whole lot of MPH/MSW dual degree programs. The ones off the top of my head are at BU, NYU (Global Health), UC Berkeley, University of Washington, and Washington University in St. Louis. You should, though, take a look at Portland State University. The MPH in Community Health is actually one of the top ranked programs (although the MSW is not), and Portland is a very, very livable city. The MPH only asks for 1000 on the GRE, most likely with leeway on either side. The MSW I do know is fairly persistent in asking for at least one year of work experience, which it sounds like you have. Even though the MSW doesn't rank as high up there (and rankings can be arbitrary, particularly if you're not interested in going into academia), it is still a solid program, and the only one in the state. Portland has lots of organizations to get involved with, and has some unique "urban" issues that you could get involved with, particularly around health. PSU is a public university, too, so you could establish residency then apply in case scholarships don't come through. Anyway, good luck!
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#3 Agape

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 12:58 AM

You might try looking into getting an MSW with a Health concentration. I know Clark Atlanta is a smaller school in Georgia that has this type of focus!
Good luck in searching :)
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Posted 11 March 2010 - 05:23 AM

Hi everyone.

I'm trying to apply for grad school.
However, I can't decide which one to go between MSW or MPH- community health.

I'm currently working for social service organization.
My work is little bit more related to public health field, but also social work.
I've seen both fields for 2 years and I like both.
(I know that what I've seen is not all. that's why I can't decide!)

What kind of personality would be need for social work career?
Which one would be better field in general? (salaries, vision, career... etc)


I also know about dual degree.
But, there are only a few schools that offer the program and
my gpa is not enough to get in to those schools! <- this is the point =(


I say go for both your MPH and MSW, absolutely!
I received my MPH in 2003 and am now (hopefully) embarking on my MSW this fall. The reason for this is that I just did not ind that my MPH alone qualified me for my professional social/behavioral interests.
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