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Integrated Health Learning Community

To promote the integration of health, mental health, and behavioral health services so that individuals, families, and communities receive a continuum of preventive, curative, and palliative care services.


The Integrated Health Learning Community (IHLC) continually promotes the inclusion of integrated health principles into multiple fields of study and practice with the hope that the community’s specific opportunities become highly demanded and available to more students in the future.


  • Develop skills in patient and family assessment, intervention planning and implementation, practice evaluation, and social work research.
  • Develop competencies in engaging and supporting individuals and families confronting a range of chronic and acute health, mental health, and behavioral health conditions.
  • Address issues of diversity, inequality, and social justice as they relate to health policies, access to service and service utilization, and health outcomes.
  • Advance understanding of health and wellness, service delivery, and policies within the context of organizational, institutional, and societal structures.


Health care is constantly changing and needs to adapt practices to properly prepare students entering the field. The IHLC faces the challenge of growing institutions' role in social work practices that lead to reduced health care costs and inefficiencies while operating within a social work framework to improve patients' health outcomes.

Academic Programs

Students complete placements within the University of Michigan Health System, including: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Turner Geriatric Clinic, and Department of Psychiatry.

Participating Faculty

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  • Daniel J. Fischer

    Assistant Dean of Field Education and Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Andrew C. Grogan-Kaylor

    Associate Professor of Social Work
    Interventions with children and families; parenting behaviors and their effects on child outcomes; the dynamic relationships of family, neighborhood, and school indicators with child socio-behavioral outcomes; community antecedents of poor parenting; employing advanced statistical models for longitudinal and multilevel data analysis; meta-analysis, econometric modeling, Stata, R, HLM and ArcGIS.; data visualization.    
  • Joseph A. Himle

    Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School
    Mental health, anxiety, depression, psycosocial interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interface between neurobiology and psychosocial interventions in mental health.
  • Edith C. Kieffer

    Professor of Social Work
    Ethnic and geographic disparities in health and health services; maternal and child health; multi-level community-based intervention research to promote prevention of diabetes and its complications.
  • Sally A. Schmall

    LEO Lecturer II
  • Kathleen M. Wade

    Director of Social Work and Associate Hospital Administrator, UMH Operations, and Assistant Dean of Hospital Social Work Services, School of Social Work
    Clinical social work, social work in health care.
  • Bradley J. Zebrack

    Professor of Social Work
    Cancer support, social work oncology
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