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Health and Human Services Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Health and Human Services Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The minor in Health and Human Services is designed to introduce students to the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities in need, the issues and problems affecting those individuals and communities, and the professions and professionals providing services. The minor draws on a wide range of courses that address broad themes in community mental health, child and family studies, and social gerontology, as well as the structure and roles associated with human services organizations. The Health and Human Services minor is an excellent complement to a number of undergraduate majors at UB, including Psychology, Sociology, Public Health, Anthropology, Management, Nursing, and Speech and Hearing Science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the minor in Health and Human Services, students will be able to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions, and characteristics of health and human services professionals and social service organizations.
  • Understand client problems and needs and the theories that support human services interventions.
  • Recognize the effect of human values and diversity of culture on the provision of health and human services.
  • Understand key concepts such as patient/client autonomy and informed consent within the health and human services fields.
  • Identify and describe community organizations, agency structure and functions, client populations and problems, and specific helping techniques.
  • Demonstrate personal characteristics, professional skills, and knowledge of ethical guidelines associated with entry-level human services positions.
  • Develop writing, oral presentation, and interview skills necessary in human services fields.

The Learning Environment

The Health and Human Services minor is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. Students take courses primarily from the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary program (SSC), but may also utilize select courses from a number of participating UB departments. Class formats range from small seminars to larger lectures.

About Our Facilities

The Health and Human Services minor is housed in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary program in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s North campus. The program offers classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, including traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the teaching philosophies and needs of the minor. Some courses are also available remotely.

About Our Faculty

SSC has  one clinical assistant professor and approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields and bring valuable practical experience and knowledge about the latest developments and career opportunities in health and human services.  Students may also take select courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences, allowing them to interact with faculty from a range of departments and disciplines. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The minor in Health and Human Services provides a solid foundation for students who are interested in working in health, human, or social services; who are considering careers in social work, counseling, health care, nonprofit work, or public service, broadly defined; or who wish to pursue graduate study in the social sciences or health-related professional schools.

Academic Advising

Admission to the minor and advisement for students are coordinated through the program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. We provide advisement primarily for minor requirements. Students should seek advisement for their major and university requirements from the major department or from the College of Arts and Sciences Advisement Office in 275 Park Hall on the North campus.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call our office at 716-645-2247 to make an appointment with an advisor for the Health and Human Services minor.

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Published: Nov 16, 2022 15:55:50