Edith M. Baker Integrated Healthcare Fellowship

Bridging the gaps between physical health,mental health, and health behavior

$10,000 Stipend

 Applications for academic year 2020-2021 will be accepted from November 1, 2019 to March 10, 2020.

 95% of our IHC students have retained employment within 3 months of graduation.

Complete your MSW concentration field placement in integrated behavioral/mental healthcare and be part of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers serving individuals and groups across the lifespan in medically needy health service areas, rural and urban. The fellowship offers a specialized curriculum, resume-building certification, career workshops, seminars, and a concentration field-placement at an integrated behavioral/mental healthcare site.

Be prepared for the changes to the healthcare landscape by learning how to work in an integrated system, which means, learning how to serve the best interest of the client.         

If you have any questions or to learn more about the Baker Integrated Healthcare Fellowship from a fellow's perspective, please email BHWET@pitt.edu.                                                        

Who May Apply?

The Edith M. Baker Integrated Healthcare Fellowship is for full-time, second year or Advanced Standing MSW students in Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups (Direct Practice) during their concentration field placements.  Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 and be U.S. citizens. Applicants may not be employees of the University of Pittsburgh.

If accepted into the fellowship, the fellow's responsibilities will include choosing a concentration field placement at an integrated behavioral/mental healthcare site, registering for Integrated Healthcare Certification courses, developing a poster presentation, participating in a day trip to a regional summit, and attending workshops & bimonthly seminars (Weds. 3:20-5:00 pm) during the academic year.  In addition to the fellow’s personal and professional development through this fellowship program, each will receive a stipend of $10,000.

Course study example for nonadvanced standing students

Course study example for advanced standing students

Course study for MSW/MPH nonadvanced standing students

Course Availability Listing

Current 2019-20 Fellows please visit the Active Baker Fellows page

What is the Application Process?

Applications must include:

  • your resume. Resumes should indicate which experiences are employment, internships, and/or volunteer activities. You are welcome to send your resume to the Van Kirk Career Services Office for review prior to submission.
  • your transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable for current Pitt students). Only a graduate transcript is needed from current MSW Pitt students. Please upload your transcript at the application link. Hard-copy transcripts can be mailed to: C/O Misha Zorich* University of Pittsburgh* School of Social Work* 2117 Cathedral of Learning* 4200 Fifth Avenue* Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
  • a two-page essay describing your understanding of integrated healthcare, why you are interested in the discipline, and your commitment to a career in this field upon graduation. Please use APA format with headings/ subheadings. The essay must be single spaced, with 1 inch margins, in 11-point Arial font or 12-point Roman font.
  • a signed Declaration of Intent for the Integrated Healthcare Certification. The Integrated Healthcare Certification will appear on your transcript.
  • a listing of your sources of financial support from the School of Social Work and the University of Pittsburgh. (If you have not received a financial aid package or scholarship, indicate that on a Word doc and submit it.) This federal stipend may preclude some other fellowships. Students may have one scholarship and one stipend/ fellowshipIn addition, fellows may not be employed by the University of Pittsburgh. More information regarding stipend fellowships can be found on the Training Fellowship Award Information webpage.
  • two letters of recommendation preferably from a MSW field instructor or supervisor with healthcare expertise, and an instructor/ professor who has knowledge of social work practice in a healthcare setting and/ or integrated healthcare. Letters should be addressed to the Baker Fellowship Admissions Committee  and sent via email to BHWET@pitt.edu.
  • a completed Field Placement form. Please complete only one online form for the Field Office. You must indicate on the form that you are applying for the Baker Fellowship. If you have previously completed an online form and submitted it to the Field Office, you do not have to complete an additional form for the fellowship application, simply upload a Word doc. with your name, a statement that you have completed the online concentration field placement form, and the date of completion. Concentration field placements will be conducted at integrated behavioral/mental healthcare sites. Fellows will be part of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers serving individuals and groups of all ages in rural or urban areas. Fellows choosing to travel outside the Pittsburgh metropolitan area may need to provide their own transportation. These fellows may be reimbursed by the fellowship for mileage, if traveling from the university 20 miles round-trip or farther. (In addition to receiving a stipend, Baker Fellows may not be paid by their field placement sites, with the exception of mileage reimbursement if the fellowship is not providing reimbursement. For details concerning this policy, please contact the program director.) 2019-20 Edith Baker Fellowship Placement Site Directory


 If applications are successfully submitted, applicants will receive confirmations from the application site and an email from the program manager. If confirmations are not received, please contact the program manager at maz49@pitt.edu.   Please make sure that the applicant's full name appears on all uploaded materials.

Students accepted into the Baker Fellowship must complete all Direct Practice requirements, as well as the sequence of courses required of the Integrated Healthcare Certificate Program. Students considering applying to the MSW/MPH joint degree should speak to the GSPH Registrar's Office to determine possible course sequencing, prior to applying to the Baker Fellowship.

What are the benefits of the Fellowship?

Edith Baker Fellows are trained to become Behavioral Health Specialists, Mental Health Practitioners, Behavioral Disorder Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors, Chronic Disease Case Managers, Implementation Specialists, Integrated Behavioral Health Consultants, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers with a concentration in integrated behavioral health, amongst others.

95% of students who have graduated with an IHC certification from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work have retained employment within the first three months after graduation.

In addition to coursework, fellows receive relevant training that includes:

  • a field placement focused on integrated behavioral/mental healthcare
  • interactive instruction through regular bimonthly seminars provided by community practitioners, field placement supervisors, and faculty.
  • participation in interprofessional training events
  • IHC certification courses
  • a regional summit
  • a poster presentation
  • a workshop and guidance from the Director of Career Services and Alumni Affairs
  • a $10,000 stipend during the concentration field placement

Questions? Email the project manager at BHWET@pitt.edu

Why is integrated healthcare relevant?

AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines integrated healthcare as the care a patient receives as a result of a team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, and using a systemic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population.

This care can address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behavior (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), health education, life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and inadequate access to health care utilization.

Other Interdisciplinary training opportunities

None at this time.

Who was Edith M. Baker?

Edith M. BakerEdith M. Baker was the first medical consultant for the U.S. Children’s Bureau. She was a leader in medical social work as well as in the American Association of Medical Social Workers, for which she served as president from 1929 to 1931, and as the first chairman of the American Association of Medical Social Workers Committee on medical care which was assigned to work with federal agencies to address social problems in health programs. As chairman, she visited the directors of the new health and welfare programs that were a part of the Social Security Acts of the mid-1930s. Her aim was to promote the inclusion of social work staff at high levels.

As a result of Baker’s visits to the U.S. Children’s Bureau, the Chief, Dr. Martha Elliot, challenged Ms. Baker to take leave from her position in St. Louis and come to the Children’s Bureau for six months to put recommendations into effect. Edith Baker accepted this challenge and did not leave the U.S. Children’s Bureau until mandatory retirement at age 70, which occurred in the early 1960’s.

Edith Baker was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a certificate from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston and did her field work placement at Massachusetts General Hospital where she later was employed as a social worker. She then became the director of the Social Services Department at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, where she stayed until joining the U.S. Children’s Bureau.

Following her position with the U.S. Children’s Bureau, she became Chief Social Worker in the maternal and child health services at the District of Columbia Health Department. She lived in the District of Columbia until her death. Baker’s personal papers and other materials about her life are available at the Schlesinger Library on Women in American, Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

NASW Foundation. (1995). Edith M. Baker (1885-1978) – Leader in medical social work. Social Welfare History Project. Retrieved [1/10/18] from http://socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/people/baker-edith-m/

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number, M01HP31376, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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