School: School of Social Work - Mumbai Campus
Centre: Centre for Public Health
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:
Philosophy of Research
Open Elective Courses (CBCS)
Core Social Work Courses
Disciplinary Elective Course
Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.
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