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The Ohio State University

College of Social Work

The mission of our PhD program is to nurture the next generation of social work researchers and educators who can effectively and ethically respond to the social needs of our changing society. Based on the 2020 US News and World Reports Ranking, we are ranked 6th among all social work graduate programs at public universities and 13th among 262 graduate programs. We have over 30 faculty with a wide array of expertise in areas such as mental health, child welfare, social determinants of health, substance use, gerontology, school mental health, positive youth development, intimate partner violence, intervention research, international social work, human trafficking, immigrants and refugees, food securities, GLBTQ issues, etc. Our translational curriculum aims to prepare future social work scholars and scientists to engage in knowledge building and pedagogical activities that promote social work as an integrative discipline focusing on solving social problems, promoting social justice, and bridging the gap between research and practice. The curriculum provides a strong foundation for students to engage in (1) basic research on etiology, prevalence, etc., (2) intervention design studies, (3) efficacy and effectiveness research, and (4) implementation, dissemination and utilization research, which involve multiple research methods to address critical questions.

Ohio State University
Ohio State University
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Public
  • PhD in Social Work
  • In-Person Program Only
  • Full or Part-time Enrollment
  • 6-8 Students
  • Yes
  • Yes, with a cut-off score
  • Yes, MSW or Masters degree required
  • No, but preferred
  • Yes

Substantive Research Areas of Faculty

  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Adolescent and Youth Development
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Child Welfare
  • Children & Families
  • Community Practice/Macro Practice
  • Corrections/Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice
  • Family Violence
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  • International Social Work & Global Development
  • LGBT Issues & Services
  • Mental Health
  • Organizations, Management & Administration
  • Poverty/Disadvantaged Populations
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • School Social Work
  • Social/Economic Justice
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Practice

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