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Health and Human Services Track

The Health and Human Services (HHS) track provides its students with a broad-based curriculum to pursue a wide range of career possibilities in the growing field of health and human services. The track focuses on developing knowledge and skills for positions in service professions such as counseling, social work, medicine, dentistry, health policy, allied medical sciences, athletic training, physical therapy, and health promotion. The demand for health and human service related professionals continues to increase due to a growing number of elders who require more services, advances in medical technology, the entrance of private industry into the health care delivery system, and the expansion of wellness and prevention programs.

HHS students who plan to work in health and human service settings or to go on to graduate or professional schools have a choice of three options:

  1. Prehealth Professions: Development of entry-level knowledge and skills for professions including dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, and physical therapy
  2. Health Policy and Administration: Related roles include health care administrator, health specialist, and health policy analyst
  3. Human Services: Counseling, social work

The nine-hour HHS track core requires 3 of the following 5 courses:

  • HOD 2510, Health Service Delivery to Diverse Populations (Fall, Spring)
  • HOD 2500, Introduction to Human Services (Spring)
  • HOD 2505, Introduction to Counseling (Fall, Spring)
  • HOD 2525, Introduction to Health Services (Fall, Spring)
  • HOD 2535, Introduction to Health Policy (Spring)

In addition, all HHS track students take six hours of electives from HOD courses above the 2100 level (other than HOD 2260, 2900, 2910, 2920, 2930, and 2980-2989). Recommended courses include:

  • HOD 2670, Introduction to Community Psychology
  • HOD 2530, Introduction to Health Promotion
  • HOD 2550, Managing Health Care Organizations
  • HOD 2600, Community Development Theory
  • HOD 2610, Community Development Organizations and Policies
  • HOD 2620, Action Research and Program Evaluation
  • HOD 2730, Introduction to Human Resource Development
  • HOD 2750, Managing Organizational Change

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