"In this field of practice, health and illness are considered as points along a continuum. Health is not merely the absence of disease. It is the ability to function in complete harmony with one’s environment and the capability of meeting the ordinary physical, social, and emotional stresses of life. The newest definition includes community as well as individual well-being. The goals of this specialization are to prepare social workers who can responsibly meet the changing needs of people faced with health concerns and who can effectively advocate for quality health/mental health policies and practices in New York City."
"Field placement settings in this specialization include large hospitals; ambulatory care or primary care facilities; hospital out-patient and in-patient clinics or community-based health centers; day treatment programs; substance abuse treatment facilities; and specialized nursing care facilities for the chronically ill, aged, or those in need of intensive rehabilitation and/or hospice care. Some settings focus on health education or patient advocacy.."