Integrated Healthcare Certificate Program

The Integrated Healthcare Certificate (IHC) Program prepares graduate social work students specializing in direct practice with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of institutional and community-based health-related settings.  With a focus on leadership and advocacy, the goal of the certificate program is to increase the number of students focused on health and social work. 

Master’s level social work training (MSW), along with a Certificate in Integrated Healthcare, provides the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of integrated health care settings.  Students completing the Integrated Healthcare Certificate Program will have a deeper understanding of the relationship between behavioral health (i.e., mental health, substance use) and physical health.  New opportunities abound in health care for social workers trained in an interdisciplinary approach who are prepared to bridge the gap between health care providers and patient needs within a coordinated system of care.

Students interested in integrated healthcare may also apply for the Edith Baker Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Fellowship, a competitive program that will provide successful applicants with stipends of $10,000 during their concentration field placement year. For more information regarding this fellowship, please email

Required Courses

The sequence of courses required in this specialization provides the advanced knowledge and skills needed by social workers to help individuals and families maintain good health, prevent negative health status outcomes, and manage the psychosocial components of health and well-being. Students must complete all concentration requirements as well as those of the IHC Program.  Therefore, in addition to taking Models of Intervention (SWINT 2082); an Advanced Practice course in cognitive-behavioral (SWINT 2031), social systems (SWINT 2032), or psychodynamics (SWINT 2033) approaches; a second-level research course; and electives, students seeking to declare the Integrated Healthcare Certificate must take the following courses:


SWBEH 2066      HB: Health/Mental Health (HBSE II)                                 3 crs.
                            (offered in Spring Term only)

SWWEL 2056       Health Care & Public Policy (Policy II)                             3 crs.
                            (offered in Fall Term only)

SWINT 2025         Advanced Social Work Practice in Integrated Health Care  3 crs.
                            (offered in Fall Term only)

SWINT 2073         Integrated Healthcare and Pharmacology                      3 crs.


SWINT 2007         Introduction to  Psychopharmacology in SW Practice       3 crs.
                            (offered in Fall and Spring Term)

Additional recommendations for general elective credit substitution that augment the IHC:

SWINT 2004    Grief and Loss

SWINT 2011    Social Work Practice with Families

SWINT 2018    Clinical Skills and Psychopathology

SWINT 2030    Direct Practice with the Elderly

SWINT 2042    SW Practice with Drug & Alcohol Abuse

SWINT 2046    Short Term Treatment

SWINT 2049    Direct Practice with Children and Adolescents

SWINT 2053    Social Work Practice with Groups

SWINT 2072    Social Work and Traumatic Stress

SWINT 2031    Advanced Direct Practice: Cognitive-Behavioral- in addition to required ADP course

SWINT 2032    Advanced Direct Practice: Social Systems- in addition to required ADP course

SWINT 2033    Advanced Direct Practice: Psychodynamic- in addition to required ADP course

NOTE: In addition to the required classes, fellows are required to attend the IHC bimonthly seminars.

NOTE: The second level HBSE course, SWBEH 2066HB: Health/Mental Health will not be accepted for fulfilling the second level HBSE course requirement for the MSW/MPH joint degree. The content of SWBEH 2066HB  significantly overlaps with the course content of BCHS 2520:Theories in the Graduate School of Public Health.

Course study example for non advanced standing students

Course study example for advanced standing students

Required Field Work

The second, concentration placement (12 credits) is completed in a program, unit, or agency that has a primary focus on direct practice related to health care.

For the IHC to appear on your transcript, you must fill out the Declaration of Intent, and turn it into Recorder Marcia Piel, Office of the Recorder, 2110 Cathedral of Learning.

For more information

For information about the Integrated Healthcare Certificate Program, you may contact:

Associate Professor
2117 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

For information about admission to the MSW program at the School of Social Work or its other programs, please contact:

Director of Admissions
School of Social Work
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 624-6346