Medical Settings

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Vermont State University’s Medical Settings Concentration with the Social Work B.S.W. program prepares you to offer support to patients and their families related to healthcare. As a healthcare social worker, you could serve in a variety of ways, such as assisting with a transition from hospital to home care or organizing a support group for family members of patients with a terminal diagnosis.

In this concentration, you’ll complement your knowledge in psychology and sociology gained through the B.S.W. core courses with a choice of courses exploring the dynamics of care and the nature of client needs in different healthcare contexts. The program provides an excellent foundation for further studies or entry-level medical social work positions in hospitals, clinics, government agencies, and other health-related settings.

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Michael Reeves

Associate Professor, Social Work Program Director


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Why Study Medical Settings at Vermont State

  • Flexible Focus: Choose from the concentration courses to tailor your learning to the areas within medical social work that interest you most. Courses cover global health, sexuality, terminal illness, end-of-life care, and more. 
  • Field Placement: Apply what you’re learning in the classroom and grow your skills under mentorship with an in-depth, on-the-job experience in your final year. 
  • Strong Job Outlook: The healthcare sector in the U.S. is expected to continue to see strong growth in the years ahead as our population ages. The kind of support services offered by healthcare social workers will be in strong demand.  

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Sample Courses

  • Palliative & End-of-Life Care 
  • Global Health 
  • Death and Dying 
  • Human Sexuality 

Program Accreditation

Vermont State University’s Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through May 2029, ensuring it will provide you with the foundational skills, knowledge, and values for social work employment or to continue your studies in graduate school.

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