Master of Social Work / Social Work in Healthcare
Walden University

Program Details

Individual patients and their families face a unique set of challenges in accessing and receiving medical services. In this concentration, students will extend their knowledge of the role of social workers in the changing healthcare environment, the needs of clients and families, the issues faced by vulnerable populations, and how to work as part of a care team in a hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility. Students will gain knowledge in supporting individual clients, families, and communities around resources and services for populations dealing with acute or chronic illness, terminal illness, disabilities, and challenges of age.

In this concentration, you’ll learn to:

  • Examine the unique social service needs of patients with chronic illnesses and/or their families in the healthcare setting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform advanced social work skills on multidisciplinary teams in the healthcare setting.
  • Develop appropriate interventions using current theory for healthcare practice.
  • Apply social work best practices in working with clients and their families in the healthcare environment.


  • Students must complete two pre-practicum labs on campus.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Additional materials may be requested

Special Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation Statement

The Higher Learning Commission

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not available to residents of New York and Rhode Island.