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Integrated Health Scholarship Program

For Health, Mental Health, and Behavioral Health

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The University of Michigan School of Social Work is pleased to offer the Integrated Health Scholarship Program. The Integrated Health Scholarship Program serves 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.

As an Integrated Health scholarship recipient, students will develop skills for social work in integrated health care settings, including hospitals and hospices, long-term care facilities, adult residential settings, health agencies, and community-based non-profit health agencies. This program will prepare students to work within and promote collaborative care models that attend to physical, emotional, and behavioral health issues across a wide range of care settings.

Upon completion, participants will be prepared for employment in medical, psychiatric, mental health, and/or behavioral health settings, as well as in newly-emerging integrative health settings that serve diverse populations confronting physical, emotional, and/or behavioral health problems.

Objectives of the Integrated Health Scholarship Program

  • Introduce the direct practice of integrated health, mental health, and behavioral health.
  • Develop skills in patient and family engagement, 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 (e.g., substance use) 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 outcomes, service delivery, and policies within the context of organizational, institutional, and societal structures.
  • Apply theories of human behavior and the social environment to the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs, services, and policies.

Program Funding

Each Integrated Health Scholarship student will receive a $20,000 stipend ($5,000/term). Approximately 8–10 scholarships will be awarded to incoming MSW students each year.

Specialized Courses and Training

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

  • Advanced clinical skills development for integrative health care settings
  • Coursework that integrates physical, mental, and behavioral health issues across the life course
  • An experiential field-based clinical care program or clinical research project

Special Field Placement Opportunities

Each Integrated Health scholar will complete a field placement either within the University of Michigan Health System or in a community-based primary care setting.

Eligibility Criteria

Each participant must:

  • Enroll as a full-time MSW student in the 16-month curriculum
  • Select the interpersonal practice method concentration
  • Choose the health or mental health practice area
  • Agree to accept a field placement within the University of Michigan Health System or in a community-based primary care setting (placement will be determined by Integrated Health Learning Community members)

Application

  • All MSW applicants who are interested in health, mental health, and behavioral health are invited to apply.
  • Application deadlines: December 1, 2016 (early application), February 1, 2017 (priority), March 1, 2017. 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 2017 must submit their special program application by November 2, 2016.
  • 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.
  • Note that it will be more likely to be offered acceptance to the Integrated Health Scholarship Program if you select the following on your MSW application: a) Interpersonal Practice method concentration and b) either Health or Mental Health practice area.

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

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