Standard Human Services Doctoral Specialization

Take a broad view of the rewarding field of human services when you pursue the Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services, Standard Program of Study at Ashford University. This degree program is designed for you if you have career aspirations and research interests related to guiding the policies and practices required to address the needs of diverse and underserved populations, including those struggling with addiction, illness, poverty, and violence. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Standard Human Services Doctoral Specialization for Graduate Degrees

Learn the skills to lead any human services organization. Your courses in the Standard Human Services Doctoral specialization cover vital topics such as finance, grant management, quality management, information technology, and working with vulnerable populations.

Degrees Offering the Standard Human Services Doctoral Specialization

Graduate Standard Human Services Doctoral Specialization Courses

HUM 7140 Socio-Cultural Determinants in Society

3 Credits

In this case study-based course on social determinants of human services and aspects of diversity, students will examine the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age in varying US and global social systems and demographics. Students will explore social constructs, correlates of behavior, impact of social and community structure on status, and disparities within diverse communities. Students will apply social and behavioral theories of human service resources, strategies, methods, ethics, and public policy.

HUM 7170 Financial & Grant Management

3 Credits

This financial and grant management course critically examines and identifies various accounting and financial knowledge related to the establishment and monitoring of financial strategies, policies, and tools within a government or private human services organization or service. In addition, financial management roles and responsibilities, advanced grant writing principles and techniques, and ethical financial practices and accountability will be explored and developed.

HUM 8125 Performance & Quality Management

3 Credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the theories underlying performance evaluation and approaches to evaluation in human services settings. Emphasis is placed on conceptual, methodological, organizational, political, and ethical problems in evaluating both risks and approaches involved in the delivery of human services. Students will learn to identify quality and outcome indicators. They will learn to evaluate research and analyze data associated with the evaluation of the quality of service delivery and the assessment of risk. They will learn construct techniques used to perform the evaluations, strategies for getting human services professionals to be invested in the development of the research and in the outcomes, demonstration of program effectiveness, and dissemination of results to stakeholders.

HUM 8215 Special, Vulnerable, & Underserved Populations in Human Services

3 Credits

This course will apply a hands-on approach to understanding the unique needs of vulnerable and underserved populations in the human services field. Students will explore all of the following and select one to complete a practical project incorporating the study of and recommendations for specific needs of: military members and their families, veterans, homeless individuals and homeless families, immigrants, the geriatric community, medically underserved, chronically and severely mentally ill, single parents, the uninsured, economically disadvantaged children and families, those with human immunodeficiency virus [HIV], racial/ethnic minorities, incarcerated individuals and their families, or any other instructor approved demographic population.

HUM 8225 Human Services Information Technology

3 Credits

This course explores the past, present, and future of various human services information technology modalities from the basics of computer literacy, telecommunications, networking, accounting and administrative applications, to security issues and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). With evolving changes in laws and policies, such as implementation of the Affordable Care Act, this course is recommended for those students interested in staying abreast of the latest in cutting-edge technologies that coincide with this and other legislative initiatives impacting the human services field.