Degree Outcomes Multidisciplinary Human Services

Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

What You'll Learn

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Your Degree Outcomes

This degree is aligned with external professional standards to help you obtain the relevant expertise to advance your career. Becoming proficient in these outcomes will allow you to meet the demands of your field.

By the successful completion of your degree program, you will have gained the following skills and knowledge:

  • Understand the current theories and practices of the human services disciplines.
  • Conduct valid, reliable, and ethical human services research.
  • Think critically and write effectively in your discipline and/or professional practice.
  • Effectively advocate for social change.
  • Embrace the need for diversity/multicultural perspectives in decision-making.
  • Develop social and professional ethics.

Specialization Outcomes

  • Advance the organization or human services community through the application of a multidisciplinary approach to leadership and decision making.
  • Lead through the application of advanced communication, collaboration, advocacy, and leadership techniques.
  • Integrate knowledge of laws and policies; professional and ethical behaviors; and effective cultural, global, and diversity concepts within public service practice in order to achieve programmatic and organizational goals.
  • Leverage technology to enhance practice, create innovative solutions, and optimize performance.
  • Advance knowledge within the public service field through synthesis of knowledge, theory, and application of research.

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