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Integrated Health Scholarship Program

For Health, Mental Health, and Behavioral Health

The University of Michigan School of Social Work is pleased to offer the Integrated Health Scholarship Program. The Integrated Health Scholarship Program acknowledges the interconnectedness between physical, mental and behavioral health and seeks to positively impact quality of care and client outcomes through integrated health care delivery.

The Integrated Health Scholarship Program prepares students to utilize and promote integrated, collaborative care models that attend to the holistic physical, emotional and behavioral health needs of diverse individuals, families and communities. The program also focuses on Interprofessional Education opportunities to learn with, from and about other health professionals to develop collaborative interprofessional teamwork skills.

As an Integrated Health Scholarship recipient, students will develop integrated health skills to work with diverse populations and be prepared to seek employment across a wide variety of integrated health settings including primary care, mental health, behavioral health, hospital, hospice, long-term care, residential, health departments, and other community-based non-profit health agencies.

Objectives of the Integrated Health Scholarship Program

  • Introduce the direct practice of integrated health care including physical, mental health, and behavioral health
  • Develop skills in patient/client and family engagement, assessment, intervention planning and implementation, practice evaluation, and use of evidence-informed practices 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 (e.g., substance use) conditions
  • Address issues of diversity, inequality, and social justice as they relate to health policies, access to service, service utilization, and health outcomes
  • Advance understanding of health outcomes, service delivery, and policies within the context of organizational, institutional, and societal structures including advocacy for policiy and system change
  • Apply a variety of concepts including social determinants of health and change theory to the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated health promotion, disease prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation programs, services and policies

Program Funding

  • $5,000 per term (3 terms for 12-month / 4 terms for 16-month students)

Specialized Courses and Training

As a defined Integrated Health Scholarship Program recipient, students are involved in the following curriculum components:

  • Advanced clinical skills development applicable in integrated health care settings
  • Coursework that integrates physical, mental, and behavioral health issues across the life span
  • Coursework and other experiential activities that provide interprofessional education opportunities to learn about, with and from other health professionals
  • Scholars will be directed to specific sections of the Introduction to Social Work course and Social Work Capstone course
  • Required IPE Team Based Clinical Decision Making Course
  • Required IHS Integration and Leadership Seminars

Integrated Field Placement Opportunities

Each Integrated Health scholar will complete a field placement with a focus on integrated health services delivery and opportunities to engage with interprofessional team members. Field placements may include hospital setting, primary care, mental health, behavioral health or other community-based healthcare agencies.

Eligibility Criteria

Each Integrated Health scholar (IHS) participant must:

  • Express specific interest in promoting and engaging in integrated healthcare delivery and pursuing social work practice in this area
  • Enroll as a full-time On-Campus MSW student in the 16-month, 12-month (Advanced Standing, UM-Dearborn Human Services & SW, or UM Sociology & SW), or MicroMasters or MasterTrack MSW curriculum
  • Select the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse curricular pathway and complete all pathway requirements
  • Scholars will be directed to specific sections of the Introduction to Social Work course and Social Work Capstone
  • Complete other specified IHS required courses (i.e. IPE Team Based Clinical Decision Making Course and IHS Integration and Leadership Seminars)
  • Agree to accept an integrated field placement as described above
  • Agree to actively participate in formal and informal extracurricular IHS cohort activities and meetings

Due to course and field requirements, dual MSW/MPH students are not eligible to participate in this program.


  • All On Campus MSW applicants who are interested in physical health, mental health, and behavioral health are invited to apply.
  • Application deadlines: December 1, 2020 (early application), February 1, 2021 (priority), March 1, 2021. Selection of applicants will be made from all dates with priority given to those applicants that meet the December and February deadlines.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in fall 2021 must submit their special program application by November 2, 2020.
  • Financial need will be considered in the review of special program applications.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship deadline.
  • If you would like to apply for the Integrated Health Scholarship Program, then please answer “yes” to the question, “Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?” found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW online application and select the Integrated Health Scholarship Program checkbox. The Integrated Health application pages will be added to the end of your online MSW application.
  • Be sure to include your name and “Integrated Health Scholarship Program Statement” in the upper corner of your statement before you upload it to your online application.

For more information about the Integrated Health Scholarship Program, contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management at (734) 936-0961 or ssw.msw.info@umich.edu.

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