Special Focus and Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Global Health

The Certificate in Global Health focuses on the broadest concept of public health, including international aspects of disease transmission, diagnosis, treatment, policy, and prevention.  The overall objective of this interdisciplinary certificate is to support Mandel School students with interests in health problems, issues, and concerns that (a) transcend national boundaries, (b) may be influenced by circumstances or experiences in other countries, and (c) are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions.  Current participating departments and schools at Case Western Reserve University include Mathematics, Medicine, Public Health, Anthropology, Nursing, Bioethics, Epidemiology, Bio-statistics, Biology, and Engineering. 

The requirements to receive the certificate differ by discipline and emphasize disciple-specific and interdisciplinary coursework.  For Mandel School students, this includes completion of two required interdisciplinary courses and an additional Mandel School elective.  The certificate is most appropriate for students who choose to complete the Community Practice for Social Change concentration or  Health or Aging specializations in the Direct Practice program.


Students with an interest in serving the needs of the aging population may pursue the multidisciplinary graduate certificate program offered through the Case Western Reserve University Center on Aging and Health. This program is designed for gerontological researchers, educators, and practitioners. Participating faculty are from the Mandel School and the Case Western Reserve University Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences.  Students must be enrolled in the Aging specialization at the Mandel School. 

School Social Work

The School Social Work program is designed to train school social workers and provide them with the competencies to practice in a variety of traditional and non-traditional primary and secondary education settings. Such competencies include assessing children's needs; designing and implementing interventions; and making referrals to other professionals and agencies, as needed. School social workers function collaboratively with educators and other professionals to assist the schools and the communities in mobilizing resources on behalf of children and adolescents in order to help ensure academic success.

The program is consistent with the Ohio Department of Education, State of Ohio, regulations and professional standards developed by the National Association of Social Workers, and is jointly offered by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and the Division of Education at Baldwin Wallace University. Students in the program complete the Master of  Social Work (MSW) degree at the Mandel School with a specialization in Children, Youth and Families. As part of the MSW degree, students complete three required education courses at Baldwin Wallace University, SASS 519 Children and Families in the School Setting, and a field practicum in an approved school social work setting. After the completion of all required coursework and field education, a student can apply to the State of Ohio Department of Education to receive a certificate in school social work.

This program can be completed only by two-year and eighteen-month students (not twelve-month students). Intensive weekend students can also complete this program if they are able to enroll in some full-time program courses.

Nonprofit Management

This certificate is offered as a credential requiring 15 academic credit hours. The certificate may be done concurrently with the MNO degree, MSW degree or may be taken as a stand-alone credential. The requirements are four 3-hour courses from the approved listing for the Master of Nonprofit Organization and a 3-hour nonprofit dialogues course.

Trauma-Informed Practice

The Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice allows for focused and integrated training in evidence-based models designed to address differential responses to trauma alongside the course and fieldwork necessary for a student's chosen concentration and specialization areas. A total of 15 credit hours is required for this certificate (includes 9 credit hours of required course work and 6 credit hours of elective courses selected from a list of approved electives. 

Certificate in Data Sciences for Social Impact (Digitally Credentialed).

Offered by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, CWRU in collaboration with the Case School of Engineering.

Through this 12-credit certificate program students will develop an understanding and fluency in data analytics for social policy and social impact, covering a wide range of current applications of predictive and causal modeling in the areas of health and human services, criminal justice and others.     

Certificate earners will be able to navigate and influence this new era of technology and data-driven solutions in social welfare and policy, ensuring that proper ethical guidelines are developed and followed.

The program is offered to degree-seeking students in graduate programs at CWRU and non-degree students from other degree programs in other institutions.

Special Focus Programs

Louis B. Stokes Fellowship in Community and Social Development

The Louis Stokes Fellows Program in Community and Social Development provides a full-tuition scholarship to African American and Hispanic/Latino students with an interest in Community Practice for Social Change.  The goal of the Louis Stokes Fellows program is to:

  • Support the graduate professional education of outstanding students from universities with Hispanic students and students from traditionally Black colleges and universities.
  • Attract a greater number of African American and Hispanic students to advanced social work education to help meet the need for diversity in the social work profession.
  • Foster future leadership in community building, community development, and housing.

Leadership Fellows Program

The Leadership Fellows Program focuses on exceptional students who want to assume leadership in clinical practice within an agency context. It is a two-year program of study for direct practice students in aging, substance use disorders and recovery, children, youth and families, health or mental health.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program for Returning  Peace Corps Volunteers

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship Program for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers provides the option for students selecting concentrations in Community Practice for Social Change or Direct Practice. The Direct Practice concentration will allow students to select specializations in aging; substance use disorders and recovery; children, youth and families; health; and mental health with children, adolescents and adults. Fellows will be able to integrate professional social work education, research and service to promote social justice and community empowerment domestically and around the world. Students also have the option of pursuing certificates and dual degrees in several interest areas.

Global Practice Opportunities

At the Mandel School, students have numerous opportunities to explore beyond our own borders. The Mandel School faculty includes experts in international social work and social policy research. The Mandel School also hosts numerous international full-time students, exchange students, visiting scholars and researchers.

Qualified students may choose to participate in a number of multi-disciplinary study abroad opportunities. Many trips occur during winter and spring break and the beginning of summer semester. Students are able to familiarize themselves with a variety of social policies of other countries, which have included the Netherlands, Guatemala, Ecuador, India, Poland,  Ghana, and Israel, among others.