2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) 
    
    Oct 20, 2019  
2017-2018 Walden University Catalog (March 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Social Work (DSW)


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Students in the Medical Social Work specialization gain an advanced understanding of their roles as social workers in medical settings. Topics include medical terminology, crisis intervention, mental health evaluations, and supporting vulnerable populations. Students examine the psychosocial aspects of illness and health for individuals and families dealing with grief and loss and end-of-life decision making. Coursework reviews ethical practice with regard to medical social work.

Course Sequence



Quarter Course Credits
1 SOCW 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study  3 cr.
SOCW 8110 - Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice  5 cr.
2 SOCW 8802 - Clinical Seminar I  5 cr.
SOCW 8117 - Diversity and Multiculturalism  5 cr.
3 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  5 cr.
SOCW 8204 - Medical Social Work I  5 cr.
4 SOCW 8137 - Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy  5 cr.
SOCW 8138 - Program and Practice Evaluation  5 cr.
5 SOCW 8205 - Medical Social Work II  5 cr.
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.
6 SOCW 8815 - Contemporary Gerontology/Geriatric Psychology  5 cr.
Elective course chosent to support Capstone research project 5 cr. 
7 SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project* 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.