Human Services

Healthcare & Human Services Management

AU’s Bachelor of Human Services with a concentration in Healthcare and Human Services Management gives you the educational foundation to pursue a career as a healthcare administrator – someone who oversees the day-to-day operations of a healthcare-related organization, whether that’s a hospital, a non-profit health clinic or a senior-living community, to name a few.

Use this program to launch your healthcare career. The program equips you for the following, and more:

  • Someone hospital employees can turn to when they need help with workplace issues, such as benefits, sick leave or hospital policies
  • The first friendly—and informative—person patients see when they’re admitted to a hospital
  • A public relations director, helping a healthcare organization present its voice to a community

Earn Your Degree Quickly

As part of AU’s FLEX programs, the Bachelor of Human Services enables you to transfer academic credit you may have earned at a two-year institution. Then, through FLEX, you can take as many as two courses in a seven-week term to complete your bachelor’s degree in as few as 18 months. Along the way, your personal Journey Coach will guide you and cheer you on as you work toward your goal, keeping you focused and on track./p>

Courses

To complete the Bachelor of Human Services: Healthcare and Human Services Management program, you must complete 17 required and elective courses (120 credit hours). Here are a few of the key ones:

  • Intro to Human Services – an overview of human services – a field that involves helping those in need find stability and self-sufficiency through healthcare, guidance, treatment or counseling –as a profession and as an academic discipline
  • Ethics and Values in Human Services – explores the legal and ethical issues facing human service practitioners
  • Administration in Human Services – focuses on leadership and organizational and program development in human services

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017 an entry-level human services manager in the healthcare and human services fields – such as a hospital finance director or a hospital PR director – can make between $30,000 and $56,000. Upon graduation, you can work in healthcare facilities, performing the supporting roles that are crucial to their success; examples include a finance director for a rape crisis counseling service, a marketing coordinator of a hospice facility, or a client intake employee at a non-profit social support organization.

AU’s specialized program will also give you the educational foundation to pursue graduate-level education – such as a Master of Business Administration or Master of Organizational Leadership.

Program at a Glance

Credit Hours: 120 credit hours, including AU general education requirements
Can Complete Core Human Services Courses Within: 18 months
Format: Online
Start Date: Fall 2019