Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have the ability to:
- Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human services intervention.
- Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
- Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
- Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
- Develop personal characteristics and professional skills – e.g., interview, presentation, writing – necessary for success in HS positions.
- Demonstrate understanding of the dynamic process of aging from a social, physical, and psychological perspective.
- Demonstrate knowledge of community organizations, agency structure and function; client populations and problems; health care needs and responses.
For information on the skills and competencies required for certification and acquired through completion of this joint degree please see the Graduate School of Social Work webpage.