Revolutionary changes in health, education and welfare systems demand a different kind of social worker and nurse practitioner.
The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work curriculum is designed to produce social workers and nurse practitioners prepared to tackle present and future challenges. Students need to have the knowledge, skills and attitudes for emerging 21st century jobs and social work and nursing careers.
The school’s recently refreshed curriculum places a stronger emphasis on science and leadership, and allows for more intensive preparation within the student’s chosen department of study and through various specialization tracks offered. Students also receive valuable hands-on practical experience through required field internships.
The curriculum reflects feedback from employers and alumni, who cite a need for additional training in analyzing results, critical thinking about complex problems, embracing and managing the increasing demand for accountability and data-informed decision-making, budgeting, effectively collaborating with colleagues across settings and institutions and with professionals trained in other disciplines, and navigating the Affordable Care Act.
Content incorporates evidence-based and evidence-informed programs, implications of new findings in neuroscience, new directions in prevention and early intervention, as well as best practices used by social workers in a variety of fields.
What to Study
The school and areas of study are organized into four departments: