Public health social work is an integrated approach to preventing, addressing, and solving human health problems. Public health social work emphasizes prevention, health impact, population health, and health equity. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service offer a collaborative program that enables students to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree while simultaneously earning a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.

Students enrolled in the MSW/MPH program need 99 credits to complete both degrees. If you were to pursue both degree programs separately, you would need to complete a total of 111 credits and it would likely take four years. By enrolling in the programs simultaneously, you can complete both degrees in three years.

Students can combine any of the three Fordham concentrations with any of the Mount Sinai tracks.


  • Clinical
  • Leadership and Macro Practice: Human Service
  • Leadership and Macro Practice: Community Based Practice
  • Research


  • General Public Health
  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Global Health
  • Outcomes Research
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Care Management


Students who are interested in applying to the dual MSW/MPH program must complete the admission requirements outlined by each institution and must be accepted into both programs. Each institution reviews candidates based on its own requirements and criteria. The applicant’s admission to ISMMS is not affected by the decision of Fordham University.

The Public Health program processes all applications online and assesses candidates on a rolling basis. You don’t need to make a final decision about a specialty track during the application process. Applications to the Fordham University Master of Social Work program are also processed online.


Tuition and fees will be assessed and paid to each school based on the semester of enrollment. Students may apply for financial aid at each institution and but may only receive federally sponsored aid, i.e., loans through one school at a time. Please reach out to the Financial Aid staff at each institution for more information.


Changes in our socio-political landscape will bring increases in job opportunities for MSW/MPH graduates. Graduates emerge with a unique skillset enabling them to work across many areas of the social service and health care systems. Career opportunities include:

  • Health Educator
  • Health Commissioner
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Public Health Lobbyist
  • NGO Founder/Director
  • Professional Association Director
  • Health Advocacy Director
  • Mental Health Researcher