Concentrations

You’ll orient your course of study around a concentration, deepening your knowledge in a particular area. Concentrations include:

This concentration focuses on American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Students study with renowned evidenced-based practitioners and leaders in the field, including Brown School faculty affiliated with the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies.

Learn more about the American Indian and Alaska Native concentration .

This concentration focuses on the development, management, and delivery of services to meet the specific needs of children, youth and families.

Graduates work in juvenile courts, youth service programs, public and private welfare agencies, residential settings, school systems, prevention agencies and community centers.

Students with a CYF concentration often have an interest in the education system. The Brown School’s Urban Education Initiative (download PDF) brings social work into conversation with urban education—a holistic approach to improving student outcomes. You may also be interested in our MSW/MAEd joint degree program.

Learn more about the Children, Youth and Families concentration.

This concentration emphasizes both the issues related to managing health care organizations, as well as clinical practice with individuals, families and groups experiencing health-related problems.

Graduates work in primary care clinics, hospitals and long-term care facilities, hospices, community health agencies, chemical dependency units and health education programs.

If you are interested in public health, you may be interested in our Master of Public Health degree or MSW/MPH dual degree.

Learn more about the Health concentration.

This concentration addresses the individuals, families, and groups experiencing mental health problems, as well as the management of mental health programs and agencies.

Graduates work in community mental health centers, counseling agencies, corporate employee assistance programs, public mental health facilities and health maintenance organizations.

Learn more about the Mental Health concentration.

This concentration, formerly known as Gerontology, focuses on the direct delivery of services to older people and their families, the development of related policies, programs and services, and the management and administration of programs for the elderly.

Graduates work in hospitals, home health care agencies, community mental health centers, advocacy organizations, community centers, long-term care facilities and private practice.

Learn more about the Older Adults and Aging Societies concentration.

This concentration, which centers on the problems of underdevelopment, offers two tracks: international and domestic. Students focus on the challenges of development, including improvements in living conditions and economic opportunities in urban neighborhoods, rural areas, nations and regions that are struggling to achieve basic necessities.

Graduates work for funding organizations, community economic development groups, regional planning agencies, policy analysis and lobbying organizations and housing agencies.

Learn more about the Domestic Social and Economic Development concentration.

Learn more about the International Social and Economic Development concentration.

This concentration trains practitioners for prevention and intervention in issues of interpersonal violence (including child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual violence and youth violence), as well as suicide. Students can tailor their studies around one of four populations: young families/children; adolescents to young adults; women; and American Indian/Alaska Native.

Graduates will work in a range of administration, policy and research roles in fields such as education, child welfare, community development, mental health, law enforcement and medical care.

Additional research and training opportunities are available through the Brown School and regional faculty research; students are encouraged to check with Professor Melissa Jonson-Reid if they are interested. Students in this concentration are also eligible to earn a certificate in Violence and Injury Prevention, which requires additional professional development training and completion of a leadership project or training.

Learn more about the Violence and Injury Prevention concentration.

An Individualized concentration also gives you the option to prepare for your unique career path. If you wish to combine two concentrations or develop a special focus other than the concentrations offered by the Brown School, you can create your own concentration.

Our students have developed individualized concentrations in urban education, chemical dependency, childhood poverty, immigrant and refugee issues, and social and economic development for women.

Learn more about the Individualized concentration.