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Health and Human Services
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Discover your career path in health and human services

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Degree optionsDiploma, associate degree, and bachelor's degree options available
Program lengthProgram lengths range from 8-36 months depending on the degree you choose
Transfer creditTransfer approved credit earned from prior college coursework; eligible amount varies by program
Format100% online classes
Dual creditOption to earn up to 12 dual credits towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Social Work (MSW) in our bachelor's degree program
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Build your career in Health and Human Services

You can find a highly rewarding career path in the field of health and human services and make a significant impact in your community.

Our degree and diploma programs emphasize leadership and management of social services agencies designed to address social problems. You’ll learn valuable interdisciplinary skills like grant writing, volunteer coordination, management, and non-profit leadership.

Choose a career-focused educational program designed to help you find success in your work in the field of health and human services.

  • Online classes. Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Tailor your education. With multiple degree levels available, you have more flexibility to build the educational pathway of your choosing. For instance, you may start with an associate degree in health and human services, then pursue alternative opportunities at higher degree levels, such as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Virtual services. Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services
  • Lifelong support. Enjoy access to comprehensive student services and career development, with personal assistance throughout your learning experience and lifelong career coaching to support your ongoing career advancement

Herzing University exists to empower your growth into a community leader on the career path of your choosing. We know you are possible.

Classes Start March 6th

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Pathways

Choose your degree pathway in Health and Human Services

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  • Program length: 8 months
  • Classes: View the curriculum
  • Credential earned: Diploma in Health and Human Services
Human Services Worker with Associate Degree Smiling in Community Meeting
  • Program length: 24 months
  • Classes: View the curriculum
  • Credential earned: Associate of Science in Health and Human Services
Health and Human Service Worker Smiling with Young Client
  • Program length: 36 months
  • Classes: View the curriculum
  • Credential earned: Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services

Find your educational pathway with Herzing University

We are proud to offer many degree pathways across all undergraduate and graduate levels.

Earning a diploma or degree in Health and Human Services can build a foundation for you to pursue all sorts of different educational opportunities in the future.

Undergraduate degrees

After earning a diploma or associate degree in HHS, you can potentially transfer credit into another HHS degree program—or choose related programs in psychology, allied health, nursing, or business.

Graduate degrees

Earn a bachelor’s degree in HHS and you can potentially earn dual credit towards a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Business Administration (MBA)—or explore healthcare administration or nursing.

Your chance to earn 20% tuition reduction

You can potentially save substantially by earning a degree in health and human services with Herzing University. Join the inaugural class in our new program and you can earn 20% tuition reduction through the Herzing University Inaugural Class Scholarship.

You must be enrolled on the 5/8/2023 start date and remain continuously enrolled to qualify.

Accreditation & Recognition

Our accredited & recognized online school

We strive to earn rank as one of the top private, nonprofit universities in the United States. Just as you work every day to become the best version of yourself, so do we as a university.

We are proud to have attained institutional accreditation in addition to industry recognition for our accomplishments helping students earn a college education and find career success.

View all Herzing University Accreditations and Approvals.

US News Best Online Programs Bachelor's 2022

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best online bachelor’s degree programs in 2023.

Herzing University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Meet our Leadership

"Our world needs people like you to commit to making an impact in your own community.

Herzing University provides a supportive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approach to provide you with the tools you need to make that impact within your own community."

Dr. Jimenez has over 30 years of service within the Health and Human Services sector, including work with youth in the foster care and correctional system, in medical settings, as a therapist, as a program director, and her most recent position as an executive director at a large rape crisis center. In addition to her hands-on experience in the profession, she has had the opportunity to engage in teaching and administration within the field of higher education since 2007. Dr. Jimenez has found a passion for working with students who want to impact the world by developing coursework to guide them, and ensuring rigorous and innovative programs.

Dorothy Jimenez DM, MSW, LCSW Human Services Subject Matter Expert

Dorothy Jimenez

DM, MSW, LCSW

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Now Through March 31st

Salary potential & job outlook

Social and Human Service Assistants (diploma/associate) earn an average salary of $40,460 per year ($19.45 per hour), while Social and Community Service Managers earn an average of $76,790 per year ($36.92 per hour).*

Employment of both Social and Human Service Assistants and Social and Community Service Managers is expected to rise 12% from 2021-2031, faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.

The demand for jobs in the social and human services sector is on the rise. Now is an excellent time to begin earning the education you need to compete in this growing field.

Careers

Careers in Health and Human Services

The objective of human services is to apply an interdisciplinary knowledge base to meet human needs through a cycle of prevention, maintenance, and remediation.

Human services degrees can qualify you for many different types of jobs in social service and assistance programs. Jobs can range from entry-level administrative positions all the way up to high-level roles in policy and management.

Every employer will have their unique educational requirements for jobs depending on their specific roles and responsibilities. However, here is a general breakdown of how degree levels line up with potential occupational titles:

  • Apprise Counselor
  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Health Program Coordinator
  • Community Health Program Representative (Community Health Program Rep)
  • Community Health Promoter
  • Community Health Worker (CHW)
  • Community Nutrition Educator
  • HIV CTS Specialist (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Counseling and Testing Services Specialist)
  • Case Work Aide
  • Family Service Assistant
  • Daycare Assistant
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Human Service Worker
  • Prevention Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Adoption Services Manager
  • Child Welfare Services Director
  • Children’s Service Supervisor
  • Clinical Services Director
  • Transitional Care Director
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator

Get Certified

Become a certified human services practitioner

By earning an Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services from Herzing University, you can fulfill the educational requirement to become a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP).1

Additional HS-BCP eligibility requirements currently include 350 hours of postgraduate work experience in human services, with an exemption for those employed as a human services educator.

Our career-focused curriculum helps you prepare to earn this important industry credential employers recognize as key for success in potential human services jobs.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but it may be more appropriate to say psychology is an important element in the delivery of human services—among other fields.

Psychology represents a discipline that is a crucial component in human services, though a degree in psychology can be applied in jobs outside of the generally accepted category of “human services” jobs.

The highest degree level we offer in health and human services is the undergraduate bachelor’s degree program.

If you want to advance your education to the master’s degree level in the future, we have many potential pathways you may consider. You can potentially earn dual credit towards a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Business Administration (MBA)—or choose to pursue more healthcare-focused options in healthcare administration or nursing.

How long it takes depends on several factors, including your prior college education and the degree path you choose.

We offer three different entry points into the field of human services:

All program length estimates are averages based on full-time enrollment.

Yes, earning a degree in human services is worth it!

You’ll earn a good educational foundation to pursue jobs making real, impactful change for individuals and their communities. You can become a difference maker, and advancing your education is an important first step towards success in your new career path.

Get your start in human services with a university dedicated to your success. We are your lifelong learning partner devoted to making your rewarding career possible.

There is some overlap when it comes to careers in human services and social work. In both career fields you’ll be helping individuals and/or communities solve problems and find better social outcomes. Degree programs typically cover introductory behavioral health and global topics relevant to both career pathways.

However, jobs in human services typically focus on the health of communities at large, while social workers tend to place more focus on helping individuals and their families. Human service workers apply interdisciplinary skills to solve many types of problems in communities, while social workers help those in need to secure access to important social resources.

For instance, our Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services curriculum includes study of nonprofit organization management, grant writing and fundraising, program planning and development, and volunteer, board, and community development.

On the social work side, our Master of Social Work curriculum zooms in on social services primarily for individuals and families, including clinical social work theory and practice, social policy and services, clinical social work interventions, and more.

Psychology focuses on understanding individual human behavior and functioning, emphasizing an interpersonal skillset transferable to many different professions.

Human services focuses on the leadership and management of social service agencies designed to address social problems, emphasizing how to provide services.

In general, the difference is psychology more commonly regards individuals while human services more commonly regards communities. Our psychology and health and human services curriculums reflect this basic difference.

However, both fields are close neighbors in the field of behavioral health. Pursuing one major now does not necessarily mean you cannot advance in the other in the future!

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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