Courses PhD in Human Services

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

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Total program credits needed for graduation: 92

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

PhD in Human Services, Multidisciplinary Human Services

School of Public Service and Education

The doctoral Multidisciplinary Human Services specialization is designed to help learners develop as human services leaders that use a multidisciplinary approach to solve complex social problems, create innovative solutions, and facilitate change that incorporates research and practice. Learners engage in a curriculum that focuses on leading change, program development and management, strategic planning, research, and ethics. Learners also have the opportunity to choose their elective curriculum, providing them with the flexibility to develop a program of study that reflects their professional goals and interests. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to apply multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in a variety of leadership roles and settings.

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Seventeen Required Courses

 

60 quarter credits

DRS-V8925 *
Doctoral Project Development – Topic Ideation

In this ten-week virtual residency, learners develop and evaluate proposed topic areas and theories for their doctoral project. Learners analyze the literature on potential topics to assess relevance to the discipline and potential methods to use in the doctoral project. Learners gain an understanding of the writing, research, and critical thinking skills necessary to complete the final project. Further development of the doctoral project is determined through a final assessment. This residency includes required synchronous sessions. For PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and PhD in Human Services learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior and PhD in Human Services learners must have completed or be concurrently registered in RSCH7860. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8110. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
DRS-V8926 *
Doctoral Project Development – Topic Development

In this ten-week virtual residency, learners apply writing, research, and critical thinking skills by identifying a problem, developing research questions, and finalizing a project topic that is appropriate for the program. Learners formulate an appropriate theory to support research and ideate anticipated outcomes. Learners establish an appropriate topic area, preliminary research design, and begin development of a literature review. Further development of the doctoral project is determined through a project topic framework. This residency includes required synchronous sessions. For PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and PhD in Human Services learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): DRS-V8925. PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior learners must have completed RSCH7864, RSCH7868. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8120, CES8122. PhD in Human Services learners must have completed RSCH7864, RSCH7868. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
DRS-V8927 *
Doctoral Project Development – Framework Development

In this ten-week virtual residency, learners apply advanced research and writing skills through the development of a detailed project framework based on work in prior residencies. Learners develop a project framework that includes methodological and/or research design, sampling or participant recruitment plan, intervention plan (if applicable), strategies for data collection, analysis, and outcomes of the project. Further development of the doctoral project is determined through an assessment of the project framework, which is finalized once the learner enters the advanced doctoral stage of the program. This residency includes required synchronous sessions.  For PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and PhD in Human Services learners only. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): DRS-V8926. PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior learners must have completed RSCH7860. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8123, CES8768, CES8772. PhD in Human Services learners must have completed RSCH7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
HMSV8002
Multidisciplinary Practice and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners

Learners in this course critically analyze theory and research in human services, with an emphasis on contemporary research and application issues. In addition, learners use a multidisciplinary approach to examine the connection between individuals, organizations, and society to construct public value in human services. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer

4 quarter credits
HMSV8212 *
Advanced Ethics and Leadership for Diverse Populations

The focus of this course is the ethical and leadership responsibilities of human service professionals. Learners synthesize ethical principles with leadership roles in public and private settings and evaluate the ways professionals apply ethics and leadership in their work with diverse client and community populations. Prerequisite(s): HMSV8002.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8216
Advanced Program Design in Human Services

Learners in this course focus on program design at the leadership level in the field of human services. In particular, learners evaluate needs-based program design approaches and the models that inform those approaches. Learners also evaluate effective communication strategies to communicate with internal and external stakeholders and to address ethical implications of various approaches to program design. 

4 quarter credits
HMSV8304
Strategic Planning and Organizational Effectiveness for Human Services

In this course, learners practice increasing organizational effectiveness through strategic planning. Using a leadership perspective, learners examine the ways an organization’s effectiveness is evaluated and use this knowledge to guide strategic planning efforts in such organizational areas as advocacy, fund development, and policy development. In addition, learners apply theoretical approaches to program development and evaluation related to for-profit, nonprofit, and government human services settings.

4 quarter credits
HS8413
Social Influences of Behavior

Learners in this course explore behavior that is influenced by the presence of others, or behavior that is under the control of society. Topics include culture and society, large and small group behavior, cross-cultural factors, and interpersonal relationships. Learners in this course review the social psychology of decision making, attitude formation, and social attribution and their application to contemporary issues.

4 quarter credits
HS8604 *
Advanced Communication Skills for the Human Services Leader

In this course, learners analyze the ways communication promotes human services practice and the importance of effective oral, written, and presentation skills to the role of human services leader. Learners focus on developing and strengthening these communication skills and demonstrate their ability to communicate to multiple audiences using a variety of methods. Prerequisite(s): HMSV8212.

4 quarter credits
RSCH7860
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners develop and apply skills needed to become educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7860 or RSCH7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
RSCH7864
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7864 or RSCH7864. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
RSCH7868 *
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Learners may only earn credit for PSY7868 or RSCH7868. Prerequisite(s): RSCH7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

HS9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using point-scale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Department consent is required for registration.  Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for HS9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

HS9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. Department consent is required for registration.  Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): HS9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits each

 

 

Eight Elective Courses

 

 

32 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s).

 

 

Total

 

 

92 quarter credits

 

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Residency Requirements

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (DRS-R8925, DRS-R8926, DRS-R8927).

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 16 credits into this specialization.

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