Michael Forster, Ph.D., Dean
118 College Drive #5040
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
The mission of the College of Health is to create, apply and transmit expert knowledge, within and across the domains of its constituent disciplines, for the well-being and betterment of individuals, community, state, nation and world.
The vision of the College of Health is advancing health and well-being through excellence and innovation in teaching, research and service.
Graduate Degrees Offered: Degrees are offered in cooperation with the Hattiesburg campus.
Human Performance and Recreation
Students on the Coast have the ability to take courses in these graduate degree programs in cooperation with the Hattiesburg campus:
The USM School of Social Work develops and transmits social work knowledge and skills consistent with the values of the profession, informed by the culture and history of Mississippi. We are inspired by a vision of social justice and advocacy for the health and well-being of all people. Our graduates engage clients who primarily reside in the increasingly diverse Gulf South to produce dynamic solutions for personal, interpersonal, and system problems-especially those unique to the poor, oppressed, and underserved.
The primary purpose of the School of Social Work is to provide professional social work education to undergraduate and graduate students. The school offers the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.
The social work profession recognizes the BSW degree as preparing students for entry-level social work practice in social service agency settings. The MSW degree prepares students for advanced practice in agency settings and in private practice. The school is accreditated by the Council on Social Work Education.