Does Distance Learning Facilitate Diversity and Access to MSW Education in Rural and Underserved Areas?

Authors: Chelsea Richwine | Clese Erikson, MPA | Edward Salsberg

Topics: Diversity, Education and Training, Health Information Technology, Rural Health, Telehealth

Research Center: GW Health Workforce Research Center

April 16, 2021

Distance learning in social work has proliferated in recent years. It is increasingly promoted as a strategy for diversifying the social work workforce and expanding access to graduate education for individuals in rural and under-served communities. Findings indicate that online and blended education is associated with practice in rural and underserved areas.

This article examines the effects of distance learning in social work education.

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