Program classes & curriculum details
The bachelor’s degree includes 8 behavioral health courses totaling 25 credit hours. Courses prepare students with a foundation of behavioral health entry-level skills that can be applied to a range of diverse career paths. This core is unique to Herzing and will allow students in Health and Human Services to work in settings that improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities.
All didactic (lecture-style) classes are delivered online. There is no field work, practicum, or internship included as part of the program. You can personalize your education utilizing 9 open elective credit hours, and potentially apply for dual credit towards an MBA or MSW program.
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Required Courses in Behavioral Health
All courses, 25.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Required Courses in Business and Human Resources
All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required
Required Courses in Health and Human Services
All courses, 39.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Open Elective Courses
A minimum of 9.00 semester credit hours is required. Eligible students can take up to 12.00 credit hours of graduate level coursework to complete a portion of the open electives requirement.
Dual Credit Graduate Level Course Options for Open Electives Requirement
Dual credit options are available for open electives requirement for students who qualify. See Academic Information for full requirements under title Earning Graduate Credits as an Undergraduate Student.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general.
Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 36.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines.
Personal and Professional Development Courses
A minimum of 2.00 semester credit hours is required.
Tuition & Cost
The cost of tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services program is $415 per credit.
You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.
Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.
You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.
Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.
Prerequisites to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services program include:
- Completion of a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
- Complete an enrollment application
Degree pathways: build a foundation for graduate study
Choose Herzing University and several degree pathways at the master’s degree level are potentially available for you in the future.
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Earn dual credit in the BSHHS program
Advance your education in behavioral health and pursue a master’s degree in social work, an important step towards becoming a clinical social worker.Explore
Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA)
Become a behind-the-scenes leader in the delivery of healthcare. You can utilize skills acquired in a health and human services bachelor’s degree program to qualify for an MHA program in the future.Explore
Master of Science in Nursing – Direct Entry (MSN-DE)
You may potentially find your calling in the field of nursing. With a bachelor’s degree in health and human services, you may be eligible to pursue a master’s degree in nursing.Explore
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.
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.
What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in health and human services?
A bachelor’s degree in health and human services can help prepare you for many different types of jobs. The broad, interdisciplinary education you receive opens the door to several potential career paths in behavioral health, social services, allied health, business, criminal justice, and more.
Depending on the degree level you earn, you can potentially qualify for everything from entry-level administrative to high-level positions in administration or policy.
Potential job titles include, but are not limited to:
- Adoption Services Manager
- Child Welfare Services Director
- Children’s Service Supervisor
- Clinical Services Director
- Transitional Care Director
- Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator
- Volunteer or Program Coordinator
- Grant Writer or Director of Development
- Executive Director of a Nonprofit
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Social and Community Service Managers earn an average salary of $79,310 per year ($38.13 per hour).*
Employment of Social and Community Service Managers is expected to rise 9% from 2022-2032, 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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
The range of jobs you can potentially apply for with a bachelor’s in health and human services can make this number difficult to identify.
However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides figures for the occupational grouping Social and Community Service Managers, containing some of the most common types of professions in human services you can qualify for with a bachelor’s degree.
According to the BLS, Social and Community Services Managers earn an average annual salary of $79,310 per year ($38.13 per hour).* Pay can vary based on your education, experience level, and state of employment.
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!
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:
- Diploma in Health and Human Services: 8 months
- Associate of Science in Health and Human Services: 24 months
- Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services: 36 months
All program length estimates are averages based on full-time enrollment.
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.
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.
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.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. 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.