UAB to launch New MSW program in Health and Behavioral Health




UAB to launch New MSW program in Health and Behavioral Health

The Department of Social Work is pleased to announce the formation of a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) program commencing in the Fall of 2017.  Applications will be accepted starting in September 2016, and will be available on the Social Work web page ( starting in August. 

The focus of the program will be on specialized practice in health and behavioral health.  Taking advantage of the resource-rich environment provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, including world-class Schools of Medicine and Public Health, students will receive advanced training using an innovative model of evidence-based education.  Students enrolling in the MSW program will be extensively prepared for clinical practice, including specific focus on interventions demonstrated to be effective for specific populations.  Combining extensive internships in health and mental health settings with coordinated classroom learning, students will be uniquely trained in clinical and community practice.  Courses will be offered both in traditional classrooms and on-line.

Health and behavioral health jobs constitute approximately half of all jobs in the field of Social Work.  Nationally, Social Workers provide more mental health services than psychiatrists, nurses and psychologists combined.  Recent national and local data suggests that there are plentiful professional positions in health and behavioral health at local, state, regional and national levels. 

The Department of Social Work is a vibrant program, with a forty year history of excellence in education.  We pride ourselves on cutting-edge educational practices, including providing extensive opportunities for simulation and service-based learning.  All practice classes will be taught by instructors with multiple years of real-world experience.   Our faculty members are national and international experts in a variety of practice areas; including disaster and disaster preparedness, HIV/HCV, addiction, mental illness, homelessness, criminal justice, and child welfare. 

The combination of a focus on health and behavioral health, innovative educational methods, a resource-rich University environment, and an exciting urban location make the MSW program unique to the State of Alabama, and one of very few programs of this sort regionally and nationally.  We welcome inquiries via email ( or telephone (205-975-4938), or would be pleased to answer questions in person at our twice-monthly “chat with the chair” walk-in hours or by appointment.

We look forward to meeting our new students, and launching our exciting new program.