Research

There is a small, but growing, body of research on the training of public health social workers. Two recent articles, written by faculty and associates of Boston University School of Social Work, are available:


Ruth, BJ, Sisco, S, Wyatt, J, Bethke, C, Bachman, S and Markham Piper, T. (2008). Public health and social work: Training dual professionals for the contemporary workplace. Public Health Reports. 123/2, 71-77.

Ruth BJ, Wyatt, J, Chiasson, E, Geron, S, and Bachman, S (2006). Social work and public heatlh: Comparing Graduates from a Dual-Degree Program. Journal of Social Work Education; 42.2, 429-439.


Here are a number of other articles, papers and presentations that illustrate the history and current practice of public health social work and the importance of transdiscplinary approaches to contemporary health issues.


Association of State and Territorial Public Health Social Workers. (2005, May). Public Health Social Work Standards and Competencies. Ohio Department of Health.

Berkman, B. (1996). The emerging health care world: Implications for social work practice and education. Social Work, 41(5), 541-551.

Black, R. (1984). Looking ahead; Social work as a core health profession. Health and Social Work, 9, 85-95.

Coulter, M. L., & Hancock, T. (1989). Integrating social work and public health education: A clinical model. Health and Social Work, 157-164.

Dhooper, S. S. Social work in health care in the 21 st century. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Faherty, V. E. (1987). The battle of the MS: The MBA, MPA, MPH, and MSW. Administration in Social Work, 11(2), 33-43.

Gebbie, K., Rosenstock, L., & Hernandez, L. M. (Eds.). (2002). Who will keep the public healthy? Educating public health professionals for the 21st century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Ginsberg, L. (1995). The Social Work Almanac (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Gitterman, A., Black, R. B., & Stein, F. (Eds.). (1985). Public health social work in maternal and child health: A forward plan. Proceedings of the Working

Conference of the Public Health Social Work Advisory Committee for the Bureau of Health Care Delivery and Assistance. Washington, DC: Division of Maternal and Child Health.

Gorin, S. H. (2001). The crisis of public health: Implication for social workers. Health and Social Work, 26(1), 49-53.

Gorin, S. H. (2002). The crisis of public health revisited: Implications for social work.

Health and Social Work, 27(1), 56-60.

Hooyman, G., Schwanke, R. W., & Yesner, H. (1980). Public health social work: A training model. Social Work in Health Care, 6(2), 87-99.

Howard, C. R., & Jaros, K. (2003, November). Strategies for leadership training in public health social work. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.

Keigher, S. M. (1997). What role for social work in the new health care paradigm? Health and Social Work, 22, 149-155.

Marshack, E., Davidson, K., & Mizrahi, T. (1988). Preparation of social workers for a changing health care environment. Health and Social Work, 13, 226-233.

McClelland, R. (1985). Joint degrees: Do they strengthen or weaken the profession? Journal of Social Work Education, 21(1), 20-26.

Poole, D. L. (1995). Public health social work: Pro bono public. Health and Social Work, 20(4), 243-245.

Rosenberg, G., & Holden, G. (1999). Prevention: A few thoughts. Social Work in Health Care, 28(4), 1-11.

Ruth, B. J., Geron, S., & Chaisson, E. (2002). Dual degree programs in public health and social work: Comparing graduates. Paper presented at American Public Health Association, 130th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Ruth, B. J., Geron, S., & Chaisson, E. (2002). Dual degree programs in public health and social work: Comparing graduates. Paper presented at American Public Health Association, 130th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Sisco, S., & Markham, K. (2003, November). What makes a leader in the field of public health social work? Reflections from research in community-based public health. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Public Health Associations, San Francisco, CA .

Volland, P., Berkman, B, Stein, G., & Vaughn, A. (1999). Social Work Education for Practice in Health Care: Final Report. New York : The New York Academy of Science.

Vourlekis, B. S., Ell, K., & Padgett, D. (2001). Educating social workers for health care’s brave new world. Journal of Social Work Education, 37(1), 177-191.

Wilkinson, D. S., Copeland, V. C., & Rounds, K. A. (2000, November). Dual or joint MSW/MPH programs-Collaborating to improve our offerings. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association 128th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Wilson, C. C., Netting, F. E., & Thibault, J. M. (1986). Jacks of all trades: Masters of none? Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 6(4), 27-39.