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Built by experts in the field, this PhD program is designed around the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and National Organization for Human Services.
Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced faculty who
are actively engaged in the human services profession.
Build social and community services expertise with a combination of
online courses, in-person learning experiences, and engaging
Apply what you learn in a multidisciplinary environment with
interactive tools that develop skills in collaboration and
Courses in your PhD program include access to RiverBend City, an
interactive tool where you apply what you’re learning in a realistic,
Our PhD in Human Services, Social and Community Services program is
designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation
process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways:
through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and
online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll
begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support
team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the
Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their
fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to
help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance
to the courseroom. Our faculty include:
Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you
need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way
around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however
Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who
want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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In your social and community services specialization, you’ll focus on
applying skills in effective negotiation and mediation, conflict
management, and creating effective collaboration across an
organization. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to
get an early start on your dissertation.
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|
Methods of Family Research
Learners in this course explore the measurement of family variables
and the complexities of family research design, data collection, and
analysis. Topics include scales of measurement, validity and
reliability, experimental and nonexperimental designs, and approaches
to integrating clinical research with practice.
|4 quarter credits|
The Family in Social Context
Learners in this course examine families from a systems perspective
and explore the dynamics and systems influencing family structures.
Learners also identify the leadership skills needed to work with
diverse family groups and the challenges faced by human services
Learners may only earn credit for HS8478 or SHB8478.
|4 quarter credits|
Contemporary Issues in Compulsive and Addictive Behavior Treatment
Learners in this course examine current research and trends for
working with compulsive and addictive behaviors along a continuum of
prevention and treatment practices. Topics include changes in practice
models based on transition to the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) criteria;
integration of substance abuse treatment into primary care settings;
developments in psychopharmacological and alternative intervention
practices; influences of ethics, culture, and public health model
practices on intervention and treatment; and the use of Internet
resources in the field.
|4 quarter credits|
You have the power to affect an entire community for good. Earning a
PhD in Human Services, Social and Community Services can help you
prepare as a leader, advanced practitioner, or educator.
Collaboration is the new norm for human services. These 3 examples
from the field demonstrate why.
Jobs in human services range from working with clients to managing
organizations to building infrastructures.
Find out which type of doctoral degree in human services is the best
match for your career goals.
Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to explore as you consider a PhD in Human Services, Social and Community Services degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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