Health & Human Services


What is Health & Human Services?

The study of health and human services explores the tenets of securing a healthy community, nation, and society and the provision of essential human services, including mental and physical healthcare, social work, and community empowerment. The U.S. federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services is charged with establishing and promoting health and human service policy. This agency is responsible for Medicare, Medicaid, and a host of other healthcare programs. Health and human services are also found in state and local governments. Individuals working in this field often interact with social workers, healthcare workers, nurses, doctors, and statisticians to provide services to those in need. This field is easily accessible to a nursing assistant or medical assistant that wants to make a difference in how healthcare is delivered in their community.

Earning a degree in Health & Human Services

A degree in health and humans services explores subjects surrounding public health and the variety of healthcare services provided to the population. The student might take courses in psychology, psychopathology, ethnic studies, sociology, community organization, chemical dependency, crisis intervention, and human development. Programs from schools like Kaplan University and Herzing University usually take up to two years to complete and require about 70 units. Prerequisites include a high school diploma or GED and courses such as biology, English, math, and health.

Upon graduation, you can expect to work as a:

  • Case Management Aide
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assistant

Degrees in Health & Human Services