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School of Social Welfare Launches Dual Degree in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics

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Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare is now accepting applications for admission to its inaugural MSW/MA Dual Degree Program in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, beginning in Fall 2022. Combining the MSW and MA degrees prepares students to be innovative leaders and change agents working in critical intersections of social work and medical humanities, compassionate care and bioethics, concerning direct practice and policy. 

“We are truly inspired to launch this new dual degree program. The School of Social Welfare and the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics have partnered to help students become innovative leaders to address one of society’s most pressing issues: how we ensure outstanding care for people who are vulnerable and underserved by the medical community. Those who have disabilities, are elderly, or are otherwise marginalized often do not have access to resources they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Bridging the fields of social work and bioethics, this program will enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing vulnerable and oppressed people and learn how to work as partners with them and healthcare professionals to ensure they receive the care they deserve,” said Michelle S. Ballan, professor and associate dean for research, School of Social Welfare; professor, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine; and faculty affiliate,  Institute for Advanced Computational Science.

The MA focuses on enhancing students’ understanding of the integration of technology and science with individuals and society, and the MSW focuses on individual and societal well-being. Combining these two foci trains students to develop a keen understanding of the principles and problem resolutions that are central to bioethics, along with the clinical practice skills to help individuals and families restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, and to work to create societal conditions that promote social justice.

This is the third dual-degree program offered by the School of Social Welfare; other programs include MSW/MPA and MSW/JD. 

Learn more about the MSW/MA program

— Jennifer Davidson

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