Healthcare certificate

An in-demand skill set

The Binghamton University Department of Social Work offers an Advanced Certificate for Social Work in Healthcare. Social work in healthcare is one of the largest job markets for practitioners. The market is expected to grow by 22 percent by 2018.

In part as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), there is an increasing demand for social workers to participate as members of healthcare teams in areas, such as preventive care, palliative care, policy, managed care and care coordination. Healthcare is also one of the highest-paying job fields for social workers.

Enhance professional experience

An advanced certificate program is a set of courses in a particular field that lead to certificate status or a license to practice. Whether you want to enhance your professional skills, or need a license to practice in your field, certification proves to you and to your potential employers that you have attained certain knowledge of, and experience in, your field.

Virtual learning  

The courses for the Advanced Certificate for Social Work in Healthcare are offered completely online. The advanced certificate is a set of five courses, which can be integrated into the curriculum for full-time and part-time Master of Social Work candidates as well as non-matriculated students who currently are post-MSW practitioners.

Online learning allows for greater flexibility and self-paced learning. Course materials, including presentations, demonstrations, interviews and simulations are available to you 24/7. Instructors utilize interactive technology to create a dynamic educational experience for students. 

In addition to online materials, each course will host virtual office hours and a minimal number of “live” sessions in which instructors and students may interact, discuss course content and complete activities together online. Ultimately, the program is conducted through virtual classrooms that you can access from anywhere.

*Part-time MSW students will work with the program director and their academic advisors to establish schedules.

Capstone project

The capstone serves as the culminating experience in which students apply their social work knowledge, skills, practice behaviors, ethics and values related to practice in healthcare settings. 

Students assess an advanced case study and create presentations that illustrate their assessment and intervention in micro, mezzo and macro levels of healthcare practice.

Learning outcomes

  • Facilitating health and behavioral health changes
  • Health literacy for social workers
  • Common disease etiology and trajectory
  • Integrated healthcare approaches
  • Team-based assessments and interventions
  • Inter-professional consultation
  • Effective communication with medical professionals
  • Structure and finance of the U.S. health care system
  • Healthcare policy for vulnerable, high-risk populations and health disparities
  • Social work roles at various levels of healthcare
  • Healthcare administration
  • Health information management
  • Models of care
  • Electronic medical records