Sharon E. Milligan, PhD

Associate Professor

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Chair, Master of Science in Social Administration Program

Associate Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago
MPH, University of Pittsburgh
BA., Spellman College
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Room 140
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Sharon Milligan is an Associate Professor of Social Work, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) and Master in Nonprofit Management Organizations (MNO) programs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio., U.S.A. At the Mandel School, she is also Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.Dr. Milligan teaches graduate courses in community development, social welfare policy and research methodology. Dr. Milligan directed a study to uncover technology for evaluating conditions and assets in low-income communities. She directed several funded research projects focusing on health and minorities.A contributor of scholarly articles to professional literature, Dr. Milligan’s publications appear in Women and Health, The New England Journal of Medicine, Controlled Clinical Trials, Social Work in Health Care, The Gerontologist, Ethnicity and Disease, Community Mental Health Journal and Arthritis Care and Research.
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Course List

  • SASS 532 Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation
  • SASS 470 Introduction to Social Policy

Scholarly Interests

  • Urban Poverty
  • Evaluation of Neighborhood Change Inititatives
  • Systems Change Research


Milligan, S. (2010). The Joint Degree in Social Work and Business Administration at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.: A Case Study. Social Welfare Research Bulletin. Special Issue, 3(21), 57–69.

Sharon Milligan In the News

  • Ecuador and India Brown Bag Info Sessions – August 29 & 30
    by Mandel School on August 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    The Mandel School International Education Program will be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch Series providing information on upcoming Study Abroad opportunities. The first two Brown Bag Lunch Series will take place on August 29th and 30th. Application deadline for these two study abroad courses are September 1st. On August 29th at 1:00pm in the Mandel School (room #236) […]

  • Research ShowCASE on April 15th Features Mandel School
    by Mandel School on April 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    On April 15, hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars will gather in Case Western Reserve’s Veale Convocation Center for the annual Research ShowCASE, a day filled with exploration and discovery of the university’s exciting research. Check out the full list of Mandel School presenters below, including many faculty members, students and researchers Faculty (highlighted), Research Staff, and Doctoral Students (bold): 1. Cyleste […]

  • Alumna hosts Deans Gilmore and Milligan on radio show
    by Mandel School on February 19, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore and Associate Dean Sharon Milligan were guests on “The Leadership Hour,” the national VoiceAmerica internet radio show hosted by alumna Christine Cowan-Gascoigne, MSSA 2004. The show’s topic was “Leading to a More Just World” and they discussed the Mandel School’s 100-year legacy of creating leaders in social change. Listen online: […]