Dramatic changes in healthcare delivery, technology and discoveries in genetics and bio-behavioral sciences have created new challenges and exciting opportunities in health social work. These social workers help clients navigate an increasingly complex health care system and make thoughtful decisions about new treatment options. They also help individuals, couples, families and groups cope with the stresses of illness and disease and adapt strategies for maintaining health and wellness.
Students choosing the Health concentration will learn to offer culturally responsive services in a variety of health care systems and settings to a range of diverse consumers. The curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary practice and integration of ethically driven psychosocial services that promote health and improve quality of life. Among the areas students will examine include community practice, conflict mediation, team development, case management, integrative medicine, critical-path model implementation, solution-focused therapy and policy advocacy.
The video below features vignettes of case studies you will explore in Loss, Grief and Bereavement, one of the elective courses in the Health concentration. These vignettes show the role social workers play in working with clients who are suffering loss due to traumatic events and chronic or terminal illnesses.