From January, 2013

The Dual Challenges of Pursuing a Dual Degree in Social Work and Public Health

By Brian Kim, MPH ’13, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, and MS ’13, School of Social Work It was a long shot, applying to two top-ranked graduate schools—the Columbia School of Social Work and the Mailman School of Public Health—at an Ivy League university. Looking back, I was foolishly optimistic, a tad naïve, and definitely crazy to think that I would make a successful dual-degree candidate. When I received my acceptance letter into both schools, after the initial surprise and happiness I was drowning in anxiety. Would I be able to survive the academic rigors of the program? What had I…