Chair: Melissa Bellin, PhD
Social workers specializing in health know that treating an illness biomedically does not necessarily solve the patient’s problems. Physical illness often causes emotional and social problems as well. Clinical health social workers provide counseling, link patients with community resources, serve as advocates, work as part of a team of health care professionals, and work with self-help groups of patients experiencing similar problems. Health social workers in social administration and community organization work in health care organizations to study patterns of illness, develop and implement programs to prevent disease, administer services to improve health, and advocate for a better health care system.
The School takes advantage of its location on a campus that includes two major medical centers, a trauma center, four major health professions schools, and more than 7,000 health professionals and students. Field placements are available in renowned health organizations in Maryland and nearby Washington, D.C.
The Health Specialization also prepares graduates to work as administrators or community organizers in health care organizations and advocacy groups. Graduates are well-qualified to work in one of the largest fields of social work practice–one in which employment opportunities in recent years have been excellent.
The specialization is available to students in both the Clinical and Macro concentrations.
A Sub-Specialization in Child, Adolescent and Family Health is available within the Health Specialization.