Standard Human Services Specialization

When you pursue the Standard Program of Study in the Master of Arts in Human Services degree, you will choose three (3) elective courses, for a total of 9 credits, to complete your program. Select the courses that best align with your interests and career goals. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information. 

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Standard Human Services Specialization for Graduate Degrees

With the Standard Program of Study, you have an opportunity to explore the wide range of the human services field. Select three (3) courses from the following pool of electives.


Degrees Offering the Standard Human Services Specialization

Graduate Standard Human Services Specialization Courses

ORG 6660 Fiscal Administration in Mental Health Care Systems

3 Credits

This course explores the common metrics organizations use, the data used in support of those metrics, the assessment of fiscal outcomes, trends and events. Identifying cost centers and programs is considered. Students will evaluate differing funding streams that could potentially support the provision of services including public funding, public insurance programs (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare), government and foundation grants, and private donations. Fundraising efforts as applied to an overall budget strategy will also be considered.

PSY 6160 Family Systems & Dynamics

3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the systems approach to intervention with families. It includes a historical perspective on family theory development. The focus is on obtaining knowledge and theory about the nuclear family in traditional and alternative forms. Normal family patterns of interaction, family life cycle, family of origin, family subsystems, and societal influence are explored. Contemporary issues and outcome research literature are reviewed. This course serves as a knowledge base for further study of assessment, treatment, and intervention with families.

SOC 5510 Sociology of Health and Medicine

3 Credits

Through this course, students will develop an understanding of social factors that influence health, wellness, and health care delivery systems. Course topics include social and demographic influences on health, social roles in prevention and illness, medical care institutions and their systems and structures, and the intersection between social policy and health.

SOC 5610 Structure & Function of Nonprofit & Government Organizations

3 Credits

In this course, the nonprofit organization, the governmental organization, and their structure and function are examined. Students will become familiar with different types of nonprofit and governmental organizations and their interrelated and often interdependent functions. Students will learn about the complexity of the public and nonprofit sectors functioning as a dynamic system of interrelated yet separate organizations that are governed by social and fiscal policy and regulation.

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