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The curriculum is everything students do to learn and achieve the educational objectives of the program. Its entire focus is creating positive change through translational social work science. Research is done in applied settings such as schools, mental health centers, hospitals, prisons, community centers and social service agencies.

Our curriculum includes Thompson Library, The Ohio State University

  • Courses in social work and from across the university to develop specialized expertise
  • Research mentoring
  • Candidacy examination that can take the form of a grant proposal
  • Dissertation reflecting original research

Following the translational science model, designed to move primary research results into application and dissemination to the practice community, social work courses develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • Conduct basic research on etiology, prevalence, and demographics of problems in communities and populations;
  • Design interventions based on theories of change;
  • Conduct research in efficacy and effectiveness of interventions;
  • Conduct research in the implementation, dissemination and utilization of evidence-informed interventions

The courses include quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches.

Developing your own area of expertise is a critical part of your doctoral education. We call this a specialization – a unique and purposeful combination of courses from across campus – to inform your research and scholarship.

Guiding you through your journey to becoming an independent researcher and scholar are social work faculty who conduct research in a variety of areas including: aging, health, mental health, substance abuse, corrections, juvenile justice, youth development, child welfare, international issues and human trafficking.

PhD Degree Requirements [PDF]
PhD Social Work Course Offerings for 2020-21 [PDF]