Distinctive Programs

nursing-social-workMedical social work: New technologies, novel models of collaborative care, and a renewed emphasis in health systems and social issues are revolutionizing healthcare education. At UT Austin, social work students take classes with peers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and other health professions to learn how work together for optimal and patient-centered care. Learn more.



Miriam Simmons and Ellen Line. Photo by Martin do Nascimento.

Gerontology: About 10,000 “Baby Boomers” in the United States will turn 65 every day until the year 2030. By that year, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. Join the GRACE program and help this growing segment of the population stay productive, independent, and aging in their place of choice. Learn more.




Transitioning to full day kindergartenLatino populations: The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2060 Latinos will comprise more than one quarter of the country’s population. Get ready to better serve the needs of this growing population by learning Spanish for social workers, interning in agencies that serve Latinos, or obtaining a dual degree with Latin American studies. Learn more.



child welfareChild welfare: Have you considered a career helping the most vulnerable of society’s children and families? If you have, we invite you become a Child Welfare Scholar. Through a partnership with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, we prepare undergraduate and master’s level social work students for child welfare practice, provide financial support for their education, and arrange for anticipated paid employment in Child Protective Services once the student finishes the degree. Learn more.