The University of Maryland Center for Public Health Social Work Education and Training is one of three national social work leadership programs historically supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Since its inception, the Center has developed an innovative and nationally recognized curriculum for both maternal and child health social work and public health social work education and leadership development. While the grant has its historical roots in maternal and child health, the current focus is on public health social work both in clinical and macro settings. The Center for Public Health Social Work Education and Training has developed an intensive training program to shape the future leaders in public health social work. The purpose of the Leadership program at the Center for Public Health Social Work Education and Training is to provide social workers in public health the opportunity to enhance their leadership and management skills so that they can assume leadership roles in their agencies and the public health field.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work offers the only dual degree MSW/MPH program in the state of Maryland. The School and our Center for Public Health Social Work Education and Leadership is located on an urban campus in West Baltimore and has been training graduate students in public health under Dr. Pecukonis’ direction since 1997. The UMB campus is located in the Baltimore/Washington corridor with a population that is rapidly diversifying and growing with an influx of immigrants from the Caribbean, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Baltimore, like many large urban cities across the United States, is challenged with significant public health concerns and disparities across racial and socio-economic indicators.