Want to help people in need improve their quality of life by using not only your intellect but also your compassion and perseverance? Consider earning a Bachelor of Science degree in CHHS with a concentration in human services.

Coursework

The Human Services concentration offers coursework that trains students to promote and improve the delivery of health services to a wide variety of populations. Included are courses in interviewing and intervention, case management, human development and human behavior, ethics in the helping professions, and social welfare and public policy. Many of our CHHS courses engage students in service-learning activities that introduce them to the various community populations among which they will one day be working.

Students who decide on a CHHS major should very soon thereafter seek advisement from the SOE Office of Student Services and consult the Graduation Planning System (GPS) in order to avoid any delay in program completion or graduation.

Internships

Students pursing a concentration in human services must complete an internship, typically in the second half of their senior year. The CHHS Internship Coordinator works closely with these students to identify internships best suited to their interests and career goals and has placed them at sites such as the following:

  • AL Department of Mental Health
  • AL Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Alethia House
  • Amelia Center
  • Crisis Center of Birmingham
  • Episcopal Place
  • Family Guidance Center
  • Jimmie Hale Mission / Jessie’s Place
  • The Exceptional Foundation
  • United Ability
  • UAB Benevolent Fund
  • UAB Disability Support Services
  • UAB Substance Abuse Programs
  • UAB 1917 Clinic
  • YWCA of Birmingham

Students must contact the Internship Coordinator during the semester prior to their anticipated internship start date in order to make all necessary arrangements. (Please follow the instructions on the CHHS Internship Application Form.)

Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner Credential

Undergraduates who successfully complete the HS curriculum are fully prepared to sit for the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner Examination (HS-BPE), the passing of which demonstrates professional competency and a commitment to continued professional development. For more information about the National Organization for Human Services and its credentialing exam, visit the NOHS website.

Beta Chi Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma

Beta Chi is the UAB Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, an honorary organization whose mission is to promote the discipline of health education by elevating the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of its members. Undergraduates are eligible to become members of Beta Chi after completing two semesters of college work. Visit the Eta Sigma Gamma website or contact campus advisor Dr. Larrell Wilkinson for more information about the organization and its membership requirements.

Peer Education

CHHS trains undergraduates to become peer educators who in turn promote health-enhancing change among their fellow students. Peer educators share health information with students and serve as role models for them by practicing social behaviors consistent with good health. Interested students should sign up for one of our peer education courses (HE 491). For more information, please contact Faculty Sponsor Dr. Laura Forbes.

Graduate Studies and Career Opportunities

Graduates with this degree are eligible to provide therapeutic mental health care or to advance in the field by pursuing a master’s degree in community health, counseling, social work, or an allied field.

Students who have earned a B.S. with a concentration in human services are trained to prevent and remediate a range of problems in multiple service populations (i.e., children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly), to improve service delivery systems, accessibility, and accountability, and to facilitate coordination among agencies and professionals. They can develop treatment plans, research available and appropriate services, assist in the completion of paperwork, and monitor the quality of services rendered to their clients. Graduates with these skills become rehabilitation caseworkers, advocates, community coordinators, mental health workers, child welfare workers, socials service assistants and liaisons, substance abuse counselors, probation officers, home health aides, and employment counselors.

According the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the human services sector is projected to grow faster than the national average for all jobs. For more information about employment in the area of human services, visit the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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If you have questions, please contact:

Rachel Daniel
Undergraduate Advisor
Office of Student Services
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205-934-7530