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date: 01 December 2021

Public Health Social Worklocked

Public Health Social Worklocked

  • Sarah Gehlert, Sarah GehlertUniversity of Southern California
  • Julie A. CederbaumJulie A. CederbaumUniversity of Southern California
  •  and Betty J. RuthBetty J. RuthDirector, MSW/MPH Program, Boston University School of Social Work

Summary

Public health social work is a substantive area within the discipline of social work that applies social work and public health theories, frameworks, research, and collaborative practices to address contemporary health issues through a transdisciplinary lens. It is epidemiologically informed and characterized by prevention, health promotion, and other integrative practices. With its strong focus on health impact and population health, public health social work is central to the profession’s viability and success for tackling pervasive 21st-century challenges, such as health inequity, behavioral health integration, chronic disease, health reform implementation, and global health.

Subjects

  • Health Care and Illness
  • Macro Practice
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Social Work Profession

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