Social Work Program Seventh in Nation
UNH Social Work Program Seventh in Nation
by UNH Today:
"The undergraduate social work program at UNH was already doing well when USA Today College and College Factual ranked it eighth in the country last year for top colleges at which to study social work. Besting its former position, the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) program has now moved up to number seven.
Since 2011, UNH’s social work program has seen a steady increase in enrollment; this year, 46 students received bachelor’s degrees in social work compared to 22 undergraduates six years ago. When compiling their list, College Factual considers “low student-to-faculty ratios, high graduation rates and low student loan default rates,” according to a June 11 USA Today article.
“UNH’s social work program is one of the oldest in the country, and it was one of the first to be accredited,” says Martha Byam, clinical associate professor and coordinator of the undergraduate program, adding that it was accredited in 1974. “I think we’ve found a formula that works.”
But there is more to it than that. At UNH, students are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service in addition to a 450-hour internship during their senior year. What’s more, the department has a strong relationship with state healthcare agencies as well as a solid advisory board, both of which add to the program’s continued betterment, Byam says.
That formula includes the only dual-degree adventure-based therapy program in the nation (available to undergraduate and graduate students), an emphasis on alternative treatment modalities, including equine-assisted mental health therapy and pet-assisted therapy, study abroad service programs in the Dominican Republic and Ireland and an online master’s degree program."
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