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MS in Human Services Course Descriptions

Ethics for Human Services Professionals - 3 hours

Students will develop competence in ethical decision-making based on the Ethical Standards for Human Service Professionals (National Organization for Human Services Council for Standards in Human Services).Students will apply ethical guidelines for dealing professionally with clients who may be individuals, families, groups, or communities.

Families in Culture - 3 hours

Students will examine the role of the family from a multidisciplinary perspective, including a study of cultural differences and their impact on the psychosocial growth of individuals. Students will also analyze family structures in different historical periods to explore how family interaction patterns influenced individual development and adult social roles. As part of this analysis, students will focus on interaction among age groups in the family and how such interaction may differ from culture to culture.

Human Services Systems, Policies, and Procedures - 3 hours

Students will review the full spectrum of the human services system, including key issues in the formation of social policy. Students will analyze policy formation at the state, local, and agency levels in terms of social, political, economic, and cultural influences. In addition, students will develop an understanding of public sector leadership roles in human service system areas.

Grantmaking - 3 hours

Students will review the principles and techniques of the grant seeking and grantmaking processes. These include finding different types of foundations and grant awards, understanding research options, and developing the components of a proposal. Students will complete project timelines, a budget and budget narrative for their grant proposal, and will also develop effective evaluation methods.

Human Behavior and Leadership - 3 hours

Students will explore the three complementary perspectives of modern psychology (biological, psychological, and sociocultural), then apply those perspectives to human behavior in leadership situations. Using principles of learning, cognition, motivation, and social psychology students will learn how to analyze group interaction in terms of different leadership styles.

Marketing, Resource Development, and Social Entrepreneurship - 3 hours

Students will apply the social entrepreneurship model to program marketing and resource development, including issues of stakeholder engagement, funding, creating a brand, and utilizing social networking and social media. To effectively employ the social entrepreneurship model, students will first review the history of social entrepreneurship, along with comparisons of social entrepreneurship to business entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship to activism.

As part of the course, students will complete a resource analysis and development plan.

Program Planning and Evaluation - 3 hours

Students will develop expertise in the major types of program evaluation: goals-based, process-based, and outcomes-based. They will apply the principles and techniques of program planning and evaluation (from a systems point of view) to create a detailed program evaluation. Students will focus on program inputs, processes, outputs, and outcomes (impact on clients) with a description of ongoing feedback among the parts of the system.

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods - 3 hours

Students will use statistical methods to develop an understanding of statistical inference and to become competent producers of basic statistical research. In addition, students will develop an understanding of statistical methods to become sophisticated consumers of human services research.

Human Services Research Project - 3 hours

Students will complete an approved, individual study of a selected research problem in human services. Students may not register for the Human Services Research Project unless all other required courses have been completed successfully. Students will develop a project consisting of a problem statement, literature review, and critical analysis on core or specific topics in the field of human services. Students may register each semester for the Human Services Research Project until the project is successfully completed.

Adult Development - 3 hours

Students will apply the major theoretical perspectives of human adult development to an analysis of the physical, psychological, social, intellectual, and emotional maturation of individuals from early adulthood through death. Students will also develop a multidisciplinary perspective on the experience of aging in the 21st century global society.

Nutrition and Health for Older Adults - 3 hours

Students will apply nutrition principles to human services delivery in terms of providing a nutritious diet for older adults. Students will explore nutrition and aging, taste preference changes throughout the adult lifespan, eating pattern changes, and prevention strategies for overweight and obesity in older adults. As part of this course, students will develop a nutritional plan for an older adult population.

Leisure and Recreational Services for Older Adults - 3 hours

Students will apply the concepts and methods of recreational services to the needs of older adults, including physical, psychological, social, intellectual, and emotional needs. Students will discriminate between play, recreation, and leisure in their analysis of programs, services, and resources. In addition, they will be able to design human service resources for individuals with varying abilities. As part of this course, students will develop a leisure and recreational plan for an older adult population.