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New Degrees Expand Trinity’s Growing Healthcare Programs

For Immediate Release: May 5, 2023

Trinity Washington University is pleased to announce the launch of two new degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Bachelor of Social Work. These two programs expand Trinity’s growing footprint in healthcare, through its School of Nursing and Health Professions. Trinity currently offers programs in nursing, occupational therapy, counseling and a Master of Public Health.

“Trinity is deeply committed to meeting the health care needs of the Washington region and the growing demand for healthcare workers,” said Dr. Brigid Noonan, Dean of Trinity’s School of Nursing and Health Professions. “With the addition of these two vital, dynamic programs, Trinity can expand our capacity to educate quality healthcare professionals with a commitment to compassionate care that is culturally sensitive and reflective of the community.”

The two new programs will be offered in a full-time, daytime format. Students will begin in the College of Arts and Sciences, then officially transfer into Trinity’s School of Nursing and Health Professions. Students may also transfer directly into the program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Both programs will welcome students in the fall 2023 semester; students may apply now.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Trinity, students are academically and professionally prepared to address conditions that lead to poor health by improving areas such as the prevention of disease, substance use, maternal and child health, social justice, health policy, and occupational safety.  Public health is an important and growing career field that seeks to promote health and achieve equity in local communities, the nation, and the world.

The global COVID-19 pandemic pushed public health into the spotlight highlighting the vital need for public health practitioners in private, non-profit, government and international organizations career paths with more than 275,000 projected positions by 2031. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for health education specialists was $60,600 in May 2021. Overall employment of health education specialists and community health workers is projected to grow 12% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree can complement or enrich a traditional biology-based, pre-health degree plan for students intending to apply to additional degrees in medicine, nursing, allied health, public health or other health professions.  

Bachelor of Social Work

With a Bachelor of Social Work, students will become champions of social justice and build their knowledge to advocate for others in a variety of professional settings.

The social work profession promotes human and community well-being. The mission of the Trinity Washington University BSW Program is to develop generalist social work practitioners who are ethical and competent critical thinkers dedicated to the achievement of health equity among oppressed or marginalized individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations through anti-racist social work practice and client advocacy. The Trinity BSW program practice model supports the development of practitioners who are committed to the remediation of social, economic, racial, and environmental injustices locally, nationally, and globally.

With a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Trinity, graduates can look forward to moving into a field where the job outlook is growing at a rate of 16% from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With Trinity’s Bachelor of Social Work degree, graduates can effect social change in their communities through a broad range of professional positions:

  • Child Protective Services – Investigations and Assessments
  • Family Services Caseworker
  • Developmental Disabilities Specialist
  • Homeless Services Specialist
  • Licensed Qualified Mental Health Services Professional
  • Foster Care and Adoption Specialist
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Youth Counselor
  • Discharge Planner

Visit Trinity’s Admissions site to inquire about these programs and to apply.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health

Bachelor of Social Work

Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Trinity Washington University was founded in 1897 as one of the nation’s first Catholic colleges for women. Today, Trinity sustains the undergraduate women’s college while offering coeducational programs in professional and graduate studies. With an enrollment of almost 2,000 students, Trinity enrolls more D.C. residents than any other private university in the city and in the nation and is the only university offering a degree program east of the Anacostia River at THEARC in Ward 8.  The U.S. Department of Education classifies Trinity as both a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), only one of three private universities in the country. 

Contact: Dr. Brigid Noon, Dean, Trinity School of Nursing and Health Professions 202-884-9677.

Media Contact: Ann Pauley, Trinity Media Relations, 202-884-9725