M.A. Admissions

Master of Arts in Social Work (Public Health)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus

Centre: Centre for Public Health

Intake: 20




The Master of Arts in Social Work (Public Health) aims to address the multifaceted dimensions of health in a changing socio-economic context. It looks to develop skills in social work professionals to analyse health issues in micro, meso and macro contexts, as well as to work towards protecting health as a human right. This programme is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of health social work. Health social workers in this scenario are uniquely positioned to help make interventions both at the individual and community levels. At an individual level, the objective of health social workers is to offer psycho-social support to individuals and their families in dealing with communicable and non-communicable diseases. These professionals provide counselling to patients and give advice to family caregivers. At the community level, given their professional skill set, social workers are best placed to design, implement and manage those aspects of community health which require, on the one hand, involvement with the community and groups and, on the other hand, engagement with the health system, particularly in its interface with people/users. Social workers with a specialised knowledge of community health are also well placed to design, implement and manage larger and more complex interventions, which form a significant component of social change, as this community-based health advocacy needs to be evidence-based, context-specific and resource-sensitive.

This programme will prepare health professionals to work in socially, culturally and economically diverse populations by being attentive to the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. It will work towards imparting qualities of leadership among health social work professionals and effectively use communication skills for health advocacy. This programme equips its students to work in different capacities in diverse settings — government institutions, non-government organisations, hospitals and research-based organisations. They also can work in sectors like HIV/AIDS, disaster, courts and counselling centres.

Distribution of Credit Hours:








Foundation Courses


Philosophy of Research


Elective Foundation Course (CBCS) 2

Open Elective Courses (CBCS)


Core Social Work Courses


Programme Courses





Disciplinary Elective Course


Programme Courses


Research Project




Total Credits



Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.

Semesterwise Courses:

SemesterCourse CodeCourse TitleCredits
I FC Foundation Course 6
Philosophy of Research 1
SW 01 History and Perspective of Social Work 2
SW 02 Social Case Work 2
SW 03  Social Group Work 2
SW 05 Research Methods I 2
HMH 01 Introduction to Health and Mental Health 2
II EF Elective Foundation Course (CBCS) 2
OE Open Elective Course (CBCS) 2
SW 04 Community Organisation 2
SW 06 Social Welfare Administration 2
SW 07 Critical Perspectives on Social Work: Introduction to Social Theories 2
SW 08 Research Methods II 2
HMH 02 Social Sciences and Health 2
PH 01 Community Health Processes and Practice 2
FW 01 Field Work 12
III SW09 Social Policy and Planning 2
HMH03 Health and Development 2
HMH05 Intoduction to Epidemiology 2
PH 02 Health Policy ,Programmes and Legislations 2
PH 03 Health Communication 2
PH 06 Social Action, Networking and Advocacy 2
PH 08 Health Management and Planning 2
DE 01 Disciplinary Elective Course(CBCS) 2
IV PH04 Comparative Studies of Health System 2
 RP Research Project 6
FW 02 Field Work 12
DE 02 Disciplinry Elective Course (CBCS) 2



Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.

Fee Structure:


Components PH
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 12000 12000 12000 12000
Examination Fee 800 800 800 800
Medical Examination Fee 100 0 0 0

Field Work Charges 5000 5000 5000 5000
Computer Charges 1000 1000 1000 1000
Convocation Charges 0 0 0 2000
ID Card Charges 300 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0  
Internship Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab Charges / Studio Fund 0 0 0 0
Dev. Fund / Prog. Fund 8000 8000 0 0
Students' Union Fund 500 500 500 500
Medical Insurance Fund 1500 0 1500 0
DEPOSITS & ADVANCES A)  Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10000 0 0 0
B)  *Practicum / Study Tour Charges (Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work) (Refundable) 0 0 0 0
Dining Hall (Advance) Charges 16000 16000 16000 16000
OTHER CHARGES Hostel & Electricity Charges Rs.10000 & Rs.5000 15000 15000 15000 15000
Total Fees for Non-Hostellers 39200 27300 20800 21300
Total Fees for Hostellers 70200 58300 51800 52300
*Details under School
* "Practicum / Study tour charges / Rural Field Work / Urban Field Work charges are not part of the fee structure.  However, expenses will have to be met by the students at the time of study tour."


*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.