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Department of Social and Public Health

W324 Grover Center
Athens, OH 45701

Dr. Doug Bolon
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120 Chubb Hall
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Athens, OH 45710

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Social Work (preprogram)  

The Department of Social Work, in the College of Arts and Sciences, earned its accreditation in 1974 from The Council on Social Work Education. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a minor in Social Services. The department focuses on the responsibilities of citizenship and is committed to promoting diversity through education, research and service, while maintaining a particular focus on the rural Appalachian region. The undergraduate baccalaureate degree and the graduate program prepares students to be social workers in generalist practice, and courses cover human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy, research, social work methods, and field instruction.

Career Opportunities

No matter what the political or economic climate, there always will be jobs for social workers as long as individuals and groups need assistance. Opportunities exist in a wide range of areas: child welfare; developmental disabilities; corrections; drug and alcohol abuse; mental health; health care; gerontology; family services; industry, business, and labor; and social research. An undergraduate degree in social work from Ohio University prepares graduates to enter generalist social work practice or to pursue a graduate degree in social work or a related field. Generalist social work practice at the undergraduate level involves the capacity to apply knowledge, skills, and values to assess a range of situations and the ability to work with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities from a wide variety of perspectives. Generalist skills include critical thinking, communication, assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation, and role-taking. Generalist social workers may fill many roles, including broker, teacher, counselor, mediator, manager, and advocate.


Special Features

The Ohio University Psychology and Social Work Clinic (PSWC) is an outpatient clinic that is supported by the Departments of Psychology and Social Work and was established as a clinical training site for the graduate students of these departments. The PSWC mission is to pursue excellence in the training of graduate students through opportunities to engage in cutting edge research and progressive treatments. The PSWC strives to emphasize the clinical application of psychological research in order to benefit the individuals and families in our community and region.

Extracurricular opportunities for Social Work majors include memberships in the Student Social Work Association and the Alpha Beta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society.

Our Faculty

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College of Health Sciences and Professions

The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.

The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.

All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.

While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.