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Changing Face of the MSW Certificate in Aging and Health
September 9, 2015

The most important requirement for any successful educational program is that is changes with the times. To that end, the MSW Certificate in Aging has been changed to the MSW Certificate in Aging and Health to better reflect the current workforce climate and trends in aging.

“Students have already been working with seniors at the interface between aging and health.  Social services are being increasingly called to partner with health providers, and many of our graduates are going on to careers in the healthcare field. This change better ensure that they are prepared,” says Emily Greenfield, associate professor & Programs on Aging Coordinator.

The revised program requires students to take four of their MSW courses in aging and health, which can include selections like Chronic Illness and Disability. Students complete their field placements in a setting that focuses predominantly on aging and health. Placements are to focus on social work practice that addresses aging- and health-related vulnerabilities and strengths; the financing and planning of health services; and some incorporation of preventive, wellness, and public health services.

The School maintains strong relationships with a diverse network of organizations that work with older adults and their caregivers, including acute medical settings, mental health centers, skilled nursing facilities, community-based nonprofits, and advocacy organizations.

The Rutgers School of Social Work is committed to helping to grow a "bigger and better" workforce for the rapidly aging population.  The MSW Certificate in Aging and Health has seen steady growth in the number of students applying over the last nine years, blossoming into an ongoing community of support and learning for students, faculty, and interorganizational partners.

“There is a great need for well trained, well prepared practitioners in social work and aging.  We are responsible for helping to meet these workforce needs. The School continues its investment in this area, and the growing demand by students for this specialized education continues to demonstrate the importance of these investments,” says Greenfield.

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