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Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Services

Equip yourself to work in the helping professions and become focused on serving and assisting others when you earn your human services degree online from Ashford University. This human services degree prepares you to provide health and human services to diverse populations of all ages. Learning is geared toward enhancing the physical health, mental health, and social needs of individuals, families, and communities living in multiclass, multiethnic, and multicultural environments. As a field that needs quality human service professionals now more than ever, earning a bachelor’s degree can provide access to entry-level service related positions where you can gain valuable knowledge and experience.

What is Human Services?

Human services is an interdisciplinary field of study that is focused on enhancing the physical and mental health and social needs of individuals, families, and communities. A human services worker helps their clients and communities achieve self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life in multiclass, multiethnic, and multicultural environments. Learn more about what human services is by reading our blog.

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What you will learn

Your bachelor's degree in human services is an interdisciplinary degree program that prepares you for diverse entry-level positions in health and human services. This online degree focuses on the delivery of health and human services to diverse populations, in the context of the political, socioeconomic, psychosocial, and regulatory environment. You will develop strong communication skills and learn the role of technology in health and human services. Upon completion of your degree in human services, you will be able to:

  • Analyze health and human services delivery from political, socioeconomic, and psychosocial perspectives
  • Evaluate social and human delivery systems at the individual, family, group, organization, and community levels
  • Analyze social problems within the context of healthcare environments
  • Evaluate ethical issues and challenges inherent in the provision of health and human services
  • Analyze human behaviors within the health and human services context
  • Evaluate human services issues, challenges, and interventions
  • Discuss the provision of health and human services from multi-cultural perspectives
  • Identify effective communication components and strategies with diverse health and human services constituents

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Your Courses in Health and Human Services

Revitalize your career with a degree in human services! In this curriculum, you will learn about the US healthcare system, as well as medical ethics and law. Your human services courses cover subjects from community health to special populations. You can also add a specialization to your human services degree to provide further focus to your studies.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (36 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Emphases for Health and Human Services

An emphasis provides you with additional opportunities to broaden and enrich your education that is distinct from and enhances your major. It may be taken as a way to expand career options, to prepare for graduate study, or simply to explore in greater depth an area different from your major. An emphasis consists of three (3), three (3) credit courses. Choose from the following emphases:

Cognitive Studies

Environmental Management & Sustainability

Public Administration

Public Relations

Web & Mobile App Technology

Careers in Health and Human Services

When you complete your human services degree program, you will have what you need to seek entry into non-clinical and non-management health positions. More specifically, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028. This is much faster than the average for all other occupations. Due to a growing elderly population and a rising demand for social services, human service workers are expected to be in demand in the coming years. This online degree could be your ticket into this fast-growing field. Take a look at your potential human services career options below.

Health and Human Services Careers

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