Betty J. Ruth
Clinical Associate Professor
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Director, Dual Degree Program in Social Work and Public Health
Coordinator, Ethics Course
BA (sociology), University of California, Santa Cruz
MSW (clinical), Boston University School of Social Work
MPH (health services), Boston University School of Public Health
HB 735 Implications of Racism
SP 741 Social Work Practice Ethics
MH 706 Social and Cultural Foundations of Practice (Boston University School of Graduate Medical Sciences)
MH 702 Professional Orientation and Ethics for Mental Health (BU School of Graduate Medical Sciences)
Scholarly and Practice Interests
Public health social work training and practice; interdisciplinary training and practice for social workers in health care settings; professional ethics; cross-cultural practice in health settings; oral health promotion and social work; behavioral health and medicine links to social work; suicide prevention education in social work.
Selected Publications and
Wyatt Marshall, J, Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S, Cohen, M, Bachman, S (2010). Social work interest in prevention: A content analysis of the professional literature. Social Work, Forthcoming.
Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S (2008). Public health social work. In: Mizrahi, T, & Davis, L (Eds). Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th ed). New York: National Association of Social Workers, Oxford University Press.
Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S, Wyatt, J, Bethke, C, Bachman, S, Markham Piper, T (2008). Public health and social work: Training dual professionals for the contemporary workplace. Public Health Reports,(2) 123.
Ruth BJ, Wyatt, J, Chiasson, E, Geron, S, Bachman, S (2006). Social work and public health: Comparing graduates from a dual-degree program. Journal of Social Work Education, 42, (2), 429-439.
Miller, JL, Hyde, C, Ruth, BJ (2004). Teaching about racism in social work: Challenges for white educators. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 74 (2).
Hyde C, Ruth, BJ (2002). Multicultural content and class participation: Do students self-censor? Journal of Social Work Education, 38, (2).
Ruth, BJ, Bachman, S & Hill, E. Social work interest in prevention: New findings from an ongoing content analysis of the professional literature. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, November 2010.
Ruth, BJ & Geron, S (2009). The missing link: Social work’s need to strengthen continuing professional education. Council on Social Work Education, San Antonio, TX
Ruth, BJ, Gianino, M, McLaughlin, D, Muroff, J, Hill, E, Ross, A, and Taranto, L (2009). Suicide prevention education in social work education: presentations from the Boston University Suicide Education Enhancement Project. American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA,
Ruth, BJ, Muroff, J, McLaughlin, D, Gianino, M. (2008). Suicide prevention intervention training in social work education: Identifying the issues. Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA.
Ruth, B. J., Wyatt, J., & Bethke, C. (2006). Voices of public health social work: Training social reformers across disciplines. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Ruth, BJ, Wyatt, J., Sisco, S., Markham Piper, T, Bethke, C (2007). Public health social work: Findings from a national conference. American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
Ruth, B. J., Piper, T. M., Sisco, S., Wyatt, J.& Bachman, S.(2006). Two professions, one career: How MSW/MPH graduates view the journey. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Ruth, B. J., Lituri K., Garcia, R.,Wyatt, J. & Geron, S.(2006). Reducing oral health disparities: A role for social work? Council on Social Work Education, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
Ruth, B. J., Piper, T. M., Sisco, S., Wyatt, J.& Bachman, S (2006). The role of public health social work in strengthening research-based practice: Findings from a study on MSW/MPH graduates. Society for Social Work Research, Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
Ruth, B. J., Piper, T. M., Sisco, S., Wyatt, J.& Bachman, S (2005). Evidence based practice in public health social work: A powerful tool for integration and revitalization, American Public Health Association, Annual Program Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Consulting and Professional Activities
Principal Investigator, Suicide Education Enhancement Project (SAMHSA-funded assessment and enhancement project for suicide education in social work education) 2006-2010
Consulting Editor, Health and Social Work
Consulting Editor, Journal of Social Work in Public Health
Governing Councilor, Social Work Section, AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, Washington, DC, 2006-present
Founder and Member, GROUP FOR PUBLIC HEALTH SOCIAL WORK INITIATIVES, Boston, MA 2004-present
Board Member, Board of Registration of Social Work, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, 2005 – 2009
Conference Chairperson: Public Health Social Work in the 21st Century. (National conference held in May 2006 at Boston University.)
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Contribution to the School of Social Work Award, Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Association, 2005
Licensing and Certification
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Licensed Social Worker, (LCSW)