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The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is a leader in social work and nursing education, training and research. These MSW graduates celebrate in front of Tommy Trojan.
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The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work champions social justice for the well-being of individuals, families and communities through innovative teaching of evidence-informed and practice-based skills, pioneering transformative research, and cultivating leadership for social change.
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers a Social Work and Juvenile Justice Undergraduate Minor, a Progressive MSW Program and other programs of study leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW), Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Social Work as well as the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). These programs equip students with a broad background of knowledge about health and social welfare problems, programs, services and policies designed to prevent and address those problems and existing and emergent trends and issues.
Across all programs, students are professionalized and encouraged to develop professional philosophies and approaches that are in harmony with the basic tenets of their chosen professions. At the same time, students share the desire and calling to prevent and mitigate severe social and health problems that challenge the viability of culturally diverse and complex urban settings; to build on the strengths of individuals, families, and communities; and to lead the scholarly search for innovative, efficacious, and just solutions.
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Sarah Gehlert, PhD, Dean
John Clapp, PhD, Executive Vice Dean
Devon Brooks, PhD, Associate Dean
Michael Hurlburt, PhD, Director, Doctoral Programs
Suzanne Wenzel, PhD, Associate Dean for Research - Administration
John Clapp, PhD, Associate Dean for Research - Faculty Development
Joshua Watson, EdD, Assistant Dean, Student Services
June Wiley, PhD, Chair, MSW Program
Ruth Supranovich, EdD, Director, Field Education
Sharon O’Neill, JD, DNP, Director, MSN-FNP Program
Dean and Ernest P. Larson Professor of Health, Ethnicity, and Poverty: Sarah Gehlert, PhD
Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Dr. Frances Wu Endowed Chair: Iris Chi, DSW
Dean’s Professor of Social Work and Business: Michàlle E. Mor Barak, PhD
Frances L. and Albert G. Feldman Endowed Professorship in Social Policy and Health: Lawrence Palinkas, PhD
John Milner Professor of Child Welfare: Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW
Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development: Suzanne Wenzel, PhD
Carl Castro, PhD; Iris Chi, DSW; John Clapp, PhD; Yuri Jang, PhD; Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW; Michàlle E. Mor Barak, PhD; Lawrence Palinkas, PhD; Avelardo Valdez, PhD; Suzanne Wenzel, PhD
Cleopatra Abdou, PhD; Maria Aranda, PhD; Concepcion Barrio, PhD; Devon Brooks, PhD; Julie Cederbaum, PhD; Alice Cepeda, PhD; Jeremy Goldbach, PhD; Benjamin Henwood, PhD; Michael Hurlburt, PhD; Karen Lincoln, PhD; Ferol Mennen, DSW; Eric Rice, PhD; Dorian Traube, PhD; Shinyi Wu, PhD; Ann Marie Yamada, PhD
John Blosnich, PhD; Robynn Cox, PhD; Jordan Davis, PhD; Daniel Hackman, PhD; Elizabeth Kim, PhD; Jungeun Olivia Lee, PhD; Hans Oh, PhD; Monica Perez Jolles, PhD; Rebecca Rebbe, PhD
Clinical and Field Education Professors
Rafael Angulo, MSW; Margarita Artavia, MSW; Judith Axonovitz, MSW; Annalisa Enrile, PhD; Stephen Hydon, EdD; Tyan Parker Dominguez, PhD; Renee Smith-Maddox, PhD
Clinical and Field Education Associate Professors
Rosamaria Alamo, PhD; Estela Andujo, MSW; Juan Araque, PhD; Karra Bikson, PhD; David Bringhurst, PhD; Ruth Cislowski, MSW; Terence Fitzgerald, PhD; Pamela Franzwa, MSW; Kim Goodman, MSW; Suh Chen Hsiao, DPPD; Maria Hu, DSW; Dawn Joosten-Hagye, PhD; Terri Lee, MSW; Jennifer Lewis, PhD; Omar Lopez, MSW; Renee Michelsen, MSS; Sam Mistrano, JD; Sharon O’Neill, JD, DNP; Christina Paddock, MSW; Elizabeth Phillips, PhD; Erik Schott, EdD; Michal Sela-Amit, PhD; Melissa Singh, EdD; Ruth Supranovich, EdD; Vivien Villaverde, MSW; Benita Walton-Moss, PhD; Deborah Waters-Roman, EdD; June Wiley, PhD; Leslie Wind, PhD; Lisa Wobbe-Veit, MSW; Kathleen Woodruff, DNP; Michelle Zappas, DNP
Clinical and Field Education Assistant Professors
Danielle Brown, MSW; Laura Cardinal, MSW; Kerry Doyle, MSW; Umeka Franklin, EdD; Susan Hess, MSW; Janett Hildebrand, PhD; Harry Hunter Jr., PhD; Jane James, JD; Tracie Kirkland, DNP; Stacy Kratz, PhD; Brittani Morris, MSW; Jennifer Parga, MSW; Holly Priebe Sotelo, MSW; Cynthia Sanchez, DNP; Sara Schwartz, PhD
Marco Formigoni, MSW; Laura Gale, EdD; Iris Gonzalez-Thrash, MSW; Robert Hernandez, DSW; Sara McSweyn, MSW; Richard Newmyer, MSW; Aimee Odette, DSW; Cynthia Rollo-Carlson, MSW; Lily Ross, MSW; Shane’a Thomas, MSW
Cassandra Fatouros, MSW/MBA; Lisa Kabot, MSW; Dorothy Nieto Manzer, MSW
Research Assistant Professors
Hazel Atuel, PhD; Sara Kintzle, PhD; Sonya Negriff, PhD; John Prindle, PhD; Harmony Rhoades, PhD
John Brekke, PhD; Anne Katz, PhD; Helen Land, PhD; Martha Lyon-Levine, PhD; Paul Maiden, PhD; Howard J. Parad, DSW; Rino Patti, DSW; Janet Schneiderman, PhD; Barbara Solomon, DSW; Doni Whitsett, PhD; Marleen Wong, PhD
Emeritus Field Education Faculty
Rhoda G. Sarnat, MA
The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (MSW), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the Doctorate of Social Work (DSW), the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and the dual Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work (MSW/PhD) degrees. In addition, the school offers dual degrees with the schools of business, gerontology, law, medicine, public policy and the Hebrew Union College.
Dual Degree Programs
The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work currently offers dual degree programs with several other USC professional schools. In addition, the school maintains a dual degree program at Hebrew Union College located adjacent to the USC campus.
The goal of these programs is to encourage graduate students to gain a recognized competence in another discipline that has direct relevance to the roles filled by social workers in society. Dual degree programs are based on the premise that some topics covered in the school are also addressed in the curricula of other departments, so that some credit toward an MSW degree may be given for specific courses in the cooperating department. Similarly, these departments have recognized that some credit toward their corresponding degree may be awarded for work completed in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. For this reason, students enrolled in dual degree programs can obtain both degrees with a reduced number of total units. Students wishing to enroll in dual degree programs must apply for and be admitted to both schools.
Master of Social Work/Master of Science, Gerontology
The world’s oldest and largest school of gerontology, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology has a long tradition of forging new paths in the field of aging. The Master of Science in Gerontology prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in the delivery of services to older people and their families, planning and evaluation of services, and administration of programs.
Course work is usually completed over two years (four semesters). Students must choose either the Department of Social Change and Innovation or the Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness. Students take courses in both schools concurrently.
See the Master of Social Work/Master of Science, Gerontology (MSW/MS) and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology for course requirements.
Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration
The USC Price School of Public Policy trains leaders who can create multidisciplinary approaches to the complex issues of governing, managing and building contemporary urban communities. Available to students in any department of study, the MSW/MPA is suited to those interested in careers as public-sector administrators.
Students take course work in both degree programs concurrently. Both program requirements are completed over 24 months.
See the Master of Social Work/Master of Public Administration (MSW/MPA) and the USC Price School of Public Policy for course requirements.
Master of Social Work/Master of Urban Planning
Available to students in any of the school’s departments of study, the MSW/Master of Urban Planning program caters to students who desire careers in societal and community welfare policy, social planning or social services delivery.
In the first year, the focus is on direct service, allowing planning coursework to be supplemented by knowledge of consumers and service delivery. Two years of field practice in social work provide in-depth exposure to social service issues from both planning and direct service perspectives. The dual degree is normally completed over 28 months.
See the Master of Social Work/ Master of Urban Planning (MSW/MUP) and the Urban Planning (MUP) for the concentration descriptions and course lists.
Master of Social Work/Juris Doctor, Law
Students interested in advocating for social work causes may want to consider the four-year (eight semesters) dual MSW/JD option, offered in partnership with the USC Gould School of Law.
During the first year, candidates must complete the JD curriculum. In the second year they will primarily complete the first year of the MSW or a combination of JD and first year MSW courses. In the third year, they focus on the second-year JD program. By the fourth year, students complete the MSW and JD requirements. Students may choose any department of study at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
See the Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor (MSW/JD) .
Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration, Business
Available only to students in the Department of Social Change and Innovation, the MSW/MBA offers preparation for careers focusing on human resources, philanthropic and corporate social responsibility, organizational development, and information management. The program is typically completed in three years (six semesters). Students must enroll in three required courses and a field practicum. Course requirements in the USC Marshall School of Business include all courses required for the MBA core program and graduate-level electives.
See the Master of Social Work/Master of Business Administration (MSW/MBA) .
Master of Social Work/Master of Arts, Jewish Nonprofit Management
The Master of Arts degree offered at the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion adjacent to USC’s University Park campus provides a solid academic and experiential foundation in Jewish studies, Jewish communal dynamics and nonprofit management.
Students may enroll in any USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work department of study as part of this dual degree program. Students begin coursework at the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management during the summer and continue coursework at both institutions in the fall and spring semesters. Two summer sessions are completed at the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. The program is completed over 24 months.
See the Master of Social Work/Master of Arts, Jewish Nonprofit Management (MSW/MA) .
Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health
A collaborative effort with the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine of USC, this dual degree program offers interdisciplinary preparation in public health and social work for a career in promoting health, preventing disease, and enhancing the delivery of health and social services in the community.
Students must complete a minimum of 81 units; 20 of these units fulfill requirements for both degrees. Depending on specific social work concentration and public health track requirements, there may be additional courses and an increase in the total number of units. Most full-time students complete the dual degree in three years; however, it may be possible to accelerate the time to completion if the student elects to enroll in MPH course work during summer sessions. Students begin with social work courses before finishing with public health course work. Students may select any one of the social work departments and any one of the public health tracks.
See the Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) .
Master of Social Work/PhD in Social Work
The dual MSW/PhD degree program is offered to exemplary students seeking advanced research-based study in social work. Typically, the program attracts applicants without a master’s degree in social work or with a master’s degree in another field and prepares them for academic research and teaching careers.
Prospective students must meet both the MSW and PhD admission requirements to be considered for admission to the dual-degree program, must apply separately, and be admitted to both the MSW and PhD programs.
See the Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy (MSW/PhD) .
Research Administration Center (RAC)
The Research Administration Center serves as the administrative umbrella for research conducted by the faculty of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and by the school’s centers of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. The RAC is instrumental and essential in providing support to the faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and PhD students submitting research proposals to federal, state, county, university, and private sponsors and in managing the grants and contracts for compliance in spending and reporting.
ProgramsMinorMaster’s DegreeDual DegreeDoctoral Degree
- SOWK 200xm Institutional Inequality in American Political and Social Policy
- SOWK 324 Juvenile Justice in America
- SOWK 350 Adolescent Gang Intervention
- SOWK 390 Special Problems
- SOWK 417 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders and Recovery
- SOWK 424 Community Experience in Juvenile Justice Environments
- SOWK 499 Special Topics
- SOWK 506 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
- SOWK 535 Social Welfare
- SOWK 536 Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work
- SOWK 544 Social Work Practice With Individuals, Families, and Groups
- SOWK 546 Science of Social Work
- SOWK 588 Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice
- SOWK 589a Applied Learning in Field Education
- SOWK 589b Applied Learning in Field Education
- SOWK 590 Directed Research
- SOWK 599 Special Topics
- SOWK 601 Advanced Theories and Interventions with Children and Adolescents
- SOWK 602 Advanced Theories and Clinical Interventions with Families
- SOWK 605 Human Development and Mental Health
- SOWK 607 Feminist Theory, Social Action, and Social Work: Philippines
- SOWK 608 Research and Critical Analysis for Social Work with Children and Families
- SOWK 609 Introduction to Social Work Practice with Children, Youth and Families
- SOWK 610 Social Work Practice with Children and Families Across Settings
- SOWK 611 Leadership and Management in Social Work
- SOWK 612 Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Disorder
- SOWK 613 Social Work Practice with Children and Families in Early and Middle Childhood
- SOWK 614 Social Work Practice in School Settings
- SOWK 615 Brief Therapy and Crisis Intervention
- SOWK 616 Clinical Practice with Older Adults
- SOWK 617 Substance Related and Behavioral Addictive Disorders and Recovery
- SOWK 618 Systems of Recovery from Mental Illness in Adults
- SOWK 619 Social Work in Public Child Welfare Settings
- SOWK 620 Social Work Practice With Transitional Youth
- SOWK 621 Social Work Practice with Adolescents, Young Adults and their Families
- SOWK 622 Threat Assessment and Management
- SOWK 623 Social Work in Early Care and Education Settings
- SOWK 624 Social Work in Juvenile Justice Settings
- SOWK 625 Evaluation of Research: Mental Health
- SOWK 626 Social Conflict, Empowerment and Creative Practice in Israel
- SOWK 627 Policy and Macro Practice in Child, Youth and Family Services
- SOWK 629 Research and Evaluation for Community, Organization and Business Environments
- SOWK 630 Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice
- SOWK 631 Advanced Theories and Clinical Interventions in Health Care
- SOWK 633 Life in the US Military: Foundations of Practice in Military Social Work
- SOWK 634 Violence Against Women: A Transnational Perspective
- SOWK 635 Research and Evaluation for Social Work with Adults and Older Adults
- SOWK 637 Assessing Wellness to Improve Recovery in Integrated Care
- SOWK 638 Policy in Integrated Care
- SOWK 639 Policy Advocacy and Social Change
- SOWK 640 Clinical Practice with the Military Family
- SOWK 641 Clinical Practice with Service Members and Veterans
- SOWK 643 Social Work Practice in Integrated Care Settings
- SOWK 644 Explanatory Theories of Health and Mental Health
- SOWK 645 Clinical Interventions: Evidence Based Practice in Health and Mental Health Settings
- SOWK 647 Advanced Practice with Complex Social Work Cases
- SOWK 648 Management and Organizational Development for Social Workers
- SOWK 650 Military and Veteran Policy and Program Management
- SOWK 651 Clinical Psychopharmacology for Social Workers
- SOWK 652 Social Work Practice in Workplace Settings
- SOWK 653 Social Work with Older Adults
- SOWK 654 National Immersion in Washington, DC: Child Development and Social Policy
- SOWK 655 Global Immersion in Military Culture: U.S. Forces Abroad
- SOWK 656 National Military Immersion in Washington, DC: Military and Veterans Policy and Practice
- SOWK 657 Social Work Practice with Native American Children, Families and Communities: National Immersion
- SOWK 658 Organizational Practice and Development in Business Environments
- SOWK 659 Pathways to Immigration: Global Immersion to Mexico
- SOWK 660 Health Care Delivery Systems: Planning for Health and Social Services
- SOWK 663 Clinical Practice with Couples
- SOWK 664 Consultation, Coaching and Social Entrepreneurship
- SOWK 665 Grant Writing and Program Development for Social Workers
- SOWK 666 Domestic and Intimate Partner Abuse
- SOWK 668 Social Work and Law
- SOWK 669 Managing Change and Organization Development
- SOWK 670 Global Dimensions in Social Policy and Social Work Practice
- SOWK 672 Social Work and Business Settings
- SOWK 674 Human Sexuality in Clinical Social Work Practice
- SOWK 675 Play Therapy in Social Work with Children and Adolescents
- SOWK 676 Psychopharmacology for Therapists and Counselors
- SOWK 677 Mental Health Practice with Children and Adolescents
- SOWK 678 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention and Treatment
- SOWK 679 Organizational Group Behaviors and Interventions
- SOWK 680 Social Work Spanish for Culturally Competent Services
- SOWK 681 Managing Diversity in a Global Context
- SOWK 682 Spirituality, Religion, and Faith in Clinical Practice