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Bachelor of Science
Health and Human Services

Program highlights

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length36 months
Credits120 credits
Transfer creditUp to 90 approved credits
Format100% online classes
Degree pathwaysOption to earn up to 12 dual credits towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Social Work (MSW)
Waived enrollment fee Classes start March 6th
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Overview: Health and Human Services bachelor’s degree program

You can discover a fulfilling, rewarding career path and make a significant difference in your community.

Join the field of health and human services and become a crucial advocate for better health outcomes for individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

A bachelor’s degree in health and human services prepares graduates for leadership and management of public and private human services agencies and organizations. Develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel as a professional in health and human services.

  • Online classes. Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • Career-focused curriculum. In addition to foundational courses present in our diploma and associate degree programs, classes include Health and Human Services for Families and Groups, Nonprofit Organization Management, Grant Writing and Fundraising, and more; 25 interdisciplinary behavioral health courses and 9 elective credit hours
  • 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

Our goal is to help you to find the educational pathway to a career where you can find success in your work. You are possible with Herzing University.

Classes Start March 6th

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Curriculum

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.

ProgramsMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services36120

i. Average number of months for students to complete the program attending full-time

Required Courses in Behavioral Health

All courses, 25.00 semester credit hours, are required.

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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.

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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

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services program is $395 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.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Your chance to earn 20% tuition reduction

You can potentially save substantially by earning an bachelor's 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.

Requirements

Enrollment requirements

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
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Degree Pathways

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.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Earn dual credit in the BSHHS program

Step towards becoming a leader in business. Our MBA program includes options for several concentrations, including Human Resources (HR) and Healthcare Management.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Classes Start March 6th

Waived Enrollment Fee

Careers

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

Salary potential & job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Social and Community Service Managers earn an average salary of $76,790 per year ($36.92 per hour).*

Employment of Social and Human Service Assistants 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.

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

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.

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 $76,790 per year ($36.92 per hour).* Pay can vary based on your education, experience level, and state of employment.

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!

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.

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.

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Disclosures

Disclosures

1. Certification in this program is not a state requirement.

* 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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Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$395.00
Base Tuition$47,400.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (90 x $395.00 )(-$35,550.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$11,850.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,470.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
93
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
12030
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$51,810.00$13,320.00
Estimated Savings*
$38,490.00

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1 

Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.