Health & Wellness Curriculum

The curriculum at GSSW is always evolving based on community needs and changes in the field. We remain responsive by keeping curriculum and class offerings current. For example, we offer a Pscyhopharmacology and Integrated Health course that contains current content and resources from initiatives across Colorado and the country. The concentration curriculum will prepare you for advanced practice in health and wellness. To see a full list of course descriptions, view the GSSW bulletin.

The minimum credits required for the MSW degree are 81 for Denver Campus MSW Program students and 54 for Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program students. The concentration curriculum is made up of 45 credits, and the rest is comprised of the foundation curriculum. The table below shows a list of required and elective class offerings for the Health & Wellness concentration.

Curriculum plans are subject to change year over year.

Area Requirements

Course Offerings

Theory for Practice (3 credits required) Evolving Perspectives and Trends in Health and Wellness
Methods/Skills (9 credits required) Social Work Practice in Health Care
Assessment of Mental Health in Adults
Assessment of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents
Integrated Health Care: Models and Practice
Positive & Community Youth Development
Assessment and Interventions in Aging
Mental Health Interventions With Children
Wellness Promotion and Interventions Across the Life Span
Care Management Skills & Resources to Promote Comm Living
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Mind-Body Connections in SW Practice
Experiential Therapy
Grief and Loss Across the Life Span
Trauma Informed Assessment and Intervention
Policy & Program Advocacy (3 credits required) Health Care Policy
Research (3 credits required) Methods for Evaluating Practice & Programs
Values for Practice (3 credits required) Critical Race Praxis
Disproportionality & Disparity Across Systems
Intergenerational Justice
Restorative Approaches in Social Work
Social Work Practice With LGBTQIA Communities
Spirituality & Social Work Practice
Disrupting Privilege and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Disability Studies
Social Work Interventions With Latinos/as
Electives (12 credits required)

Evolving Perspective and Trends in Aging
Social-Ecological Resilience and One Health: Connecting Human and Environmental Well-Being
Community and Organizational Change: Theory for Practice
Mental Health & Substance Use Policies
Aging Policy
Substance Use Interventions
Existential Social Work
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
Interpersonal Approaches to Counseling
Suicide Assessment & Interventions

Students may take elective courses in any of the concentrations. Students may take up to 10 elective credits from other DU graduate programs with approval of advisor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Certificate students will use elective slots to fulfill certificate requirements.   

Internship (12-15 credits)

    Community internship at an organization that specializes in Health & Wellness. Learn more about field education

    Capstone (0 credits)  Capstone Project
    University of Denver Campus

    Are you interested in a career shaping health care programs and policies, or helping to improve health and wellness for individuals and communities?