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HEALS Scholars Program

Social Work HEALS: Social Work Health Care Education and Leadership Scholars was created to develop the next generation of health care social work leaders who will stand ready to lead efforts to address system-level changes, to heighten awareness of prevention and wellness, and to address the issues of structural racism that are embedded in social institutions.

MSU Denver has selected four students annually (two baccalaureate and two masters) over a five-year period who became Social Work HEALS Scholars. Each HEALS Scholar committed to focused health care social work education, a health care-based field placement, and travel to a 2-day health care social work education and policy event in Washington, DC. Selected students received a total of $5,500. Specifically, $4,000 of that amount was in stipend funds and up to $1,500 of it supported travel expenses to attend the policy and education event. Selected schools formed a consortium to share resources and lessons learned over the course of the five years.

If you have further questions, please contact the HEALS Faculty Coordinators: Dr. Jess Retrum ( or Dr. Tanya Greathouse (

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Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


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Our MSW and BSSW Programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education - the sole accrediting body for social work education.