Program Contact: Clotilde Dudley-Smith 203-582-7889    Stephanie Jacobson 203-582-8907

The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS in Health Science Studies to Master of Social Work (3+2) program is designed for students entering the School of Health Sciences who have an interest in healthcare and want to pursue a career in the field of social work and mental health. Upon admission, students choosing this 3+2 program are assigned to academic advisers who design a customized program to meet the career goals of students.   

First-year students are automatically enrolled in a career exploration course to help them increase the breadth and depth of their professional interests. A strong emphasis on individualized academic advising is at the core of this program. The student-adviser relationship provides opportunity and support for each student while pursuing their goals within the Quinnipiac University educational experience.

The Quinnipiac University MSW program prepares social workers for specialized practice in health and mental health. The curriculum emphasizes interprofessional education to familiarize students with a team-based health and mental health care approach. The MSW program equips students to provide clients with clinical social work skills, including counseling, crisis intervention and trauma-informed treatments, as well as access to social welfare and community resources. Students are prepared for social work licensure as part of the MSW coursework. Graduates of this MSW program meet eligibility requirements for both the LMSW and the LCSW. 

Social work is the major provider of mental health care and one of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. Graduates of this MSW program enter a broad range of high-demand fields. Hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, mental health clinics, schools, health departments, and social welfare, criminal justice and community organizations rely on social workers to provide health and mental health care to a wide variety of clients. These include treating persons with trauma, such as veterans with PTSD; people with chronic illnesses; and many others. Social workers are also a crucial link between patients/clients and other healthcare professionals, ensuring that people receive critical health and mental health care.

Through this Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MSW (3+2) program, students complete both their bachelor's degree and their Master of Social Work in just 5 years.   

Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MSW Program of Study

Undergraduate BS in Health Science Studies Curriculum

A total of 120 credits is required for completion of the BS in Health Science Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
HSC 221 Introduction to Health Care 2
BIO 101
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
Select one of the following: 1 4
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
Spring Semester
HSC 202 Medical Terminology 2
BIO 102
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
Select one of the following: 1 4
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II Lab
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Elective 3
 Total Credits32

Chemistry courses and additional math courses depend on intended professional goal or career plan and math placement score.

Subsequent Course and GPA Requirements

Health Science Studies students must maintain a minimum overall science GPA of 2.25. Students meet with their academic advisers to develop a customized plan of study that incorporates their academic and career goals. To remain in good standing in the 3+2 program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00, complete 20 credits in liberal arts, and earn 120 credits for degree completion in the third year. It is essential that students work closely with their academic adviser to carefully plan their course of study.

Students in this program take 9 credits of graduate coursework in their third year. These 9 MSW credits are used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students must achieve a grade of B or higher in the graduate social work courses. Students earn the Master's Degree in Social Work upon satisfactory completion of all MSW graduate curriculum requirements.

Course selections must fulfill the following:

Curriculum Requirements
University Curriculum Requirements46
Foundational Science Core (biology, chemistry & physics)13
Health Science Core Courses7
Health Science Track Electives6-15
Science Electives9-18
Open Electives30
Total Credits120-123
Health Science Studies (HSC) Possible Courses
HSC 202Medical Terminology *2
HSC 205Age-Related Community Engagement Youth (HSC 505)1
HSC 206Community Engagement Legacy Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 506)1
HSC 207Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 507)1
HSC 210Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care3
HSC 214Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries3
HSC 215Complementary and Alternative Medicine - a Health Science Perspective3
HSC 220Health Care Essentials: Structure, Policy and Professionalism *3
HSC 221Introduction to Health Care *2
HSC 225Writing in the Health Professions3
HSC 230Counseling and Teaching for Health Care Professionals3
HSC 250Communication Disorders3
HSC 2613
HSC 262Nutrition in Health and Illness3
HSC 270Pillars of Public Health: Saving the World on a Population Level3
HSC 301Health Care Challenges and Team-Based Solutions1
HSC 305Emotional/Social Intelligence for the Health Sciences2
HSC 315Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century3
HSC 320The Environment and Human Health3
HSC 330Leadership: Creating Adaptive Cultures3
HSC 334Clinical Skills Patient Communication1
HSC 350Language Development3
HSC 351Pharmacological Interventions for Common Medical Conditions3
HSC 375Immunology3
HSC 378Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases3
HSC 380International Health Care - Field Research3
HSC 388
EMT I Training
and EMT I Training Lab
HSC 389
EMT Training II
and EMT Training II Lab
HSC 397Pre-Health Professions Clinical Affiliation3
HSC 460Advanced Nutrition3
HSC 498Independent Study in Health Sciences1-4
HSC 505Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Age-Related (HSC 205)1
HSC 506Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: International (HSC 206)1
HSC 507Interprofessional Community-Based Service Learning Seminar: Special Populations (HSC 207)1-2

Health Science Studies Core Course


MSW Courses (taken in the third year)

Students admitted to the program take 9 credits of graduate coursework in their third year:

Fall Semester
SW 504Social Welfare and Social Policy3
SW 511Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories for Practice for Individuals and Families3
Spring Semester
SW 512Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Theories for Groups, Organizations and Communities3

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate Health Science Studies programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University. The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MSW (3+2) is primarily a direct admit program for first-year students. 

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective first-year students are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.