The president of Health Mate, Inc., since 1999, Dr. Sandra Schiff oversees content and program development. Dr. Sandra Schiff also serves as a part-time adjunct faculty member at the Wayne State University School of Social Work.
With roots dating back to 1917, the School of Social Work was formally organized in 1935 as the School of Public Affairs and Social Work. Today, the school offers programs for every level of collegiate and doctoral education, with additional programs for continuing education students with experience in the field. Located in Detroit, Michigan, the School of Social Work operates as a practice school, where research and career preparation are emphasized.
As a way to prepare graduates for their work with individuals, families, and communities, the School of Social Work requires time in its field education program. Created to enable students to conduct research in an urban setting, it also provides practice, policy, and human behavior experience. On a weekly basis, bachelor’s degree students engage directly with individuals or small groups to understand the drivers of human behavior. Master’s degree students may choose between two focus areas: interpersonal practice or innovation in community, policy, and leadership. Both focus areas offer hands-on experience two or three days a week, depending on the length of the program.