Master of Social Work / Social Work in Healthcare
Walden University

Program Details

Walden University offers an online Master of Social Work with a Social Work in Healthcare concentration for students who wish to help patients and their families with the challenges involved in accessing and receiving medical services.  Students extend their knowledge of the role of social workers in the changing healthcare environment and their role in dealing with the needs of clients and families.  You will study the issues faced by vulnerable populations and learn how to work as part of a care team in a hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility.  Courses provide knowledge in supporting clients, families, and communities with resources and services for those dealing with acute or chronic illness, terminal illness, disabilities, and challenges with aging.  The curriculum studies the unique social service needs of patients with chronic illnesses and their families in a healthcare setting and teaches them to perform advanced social work skills on multidisciplinary teams in a healthcare setting.  Students develop appropriate interventions using current theory for healthcare practice and learn to apply social work best practices in the healthcare environment.

Walden’s online master’s in social work program features a virtual reality experience that simulates challenging situations social workers may face, allowing students to build valuable skills and instincts in a safe yet authentic environment.  All students complete courses in the broad social work field, preparing them to be change agents within and beyond their communities and to advocate for social justice for diverse populations, especially the vulnerable and oppressed.  Coursework prepares students for specialized practice by stressing cultural humility within a strengths-based, generalist intervention model that provides advanced clinical skills.

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

2.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Students must complete two pre-practicum labs on campus.

Restricted States

New York, Rhode Island