Human Services Leadership and Management

M.H.S.

Think you would make an exceptional executive director, non-profit manager, or social services specialist—one who blends human services savvy with leadership skills, with the goal of implementing health-related programs and policies to improve your organization? In our Master of Human Services (M.H.S.) with a concentration in Human Services Leadership and Management program, you'll learn to spearhead initiatives connecting members of the public with health and human services resources, while improving your skills in management and leadership techniques.

Offered online, this inspiring and practical degree from Concordia University, Nebraska can be earned within two years and is taught by a team of experts who will teach you everything you need to know to become the servant leader you aspire to be. While a background in psychology, sociology, or community service would be a great fit for this program, it is designed to equip any compassionate college graduate with the skills needed to excel as an effective advocate for the people who need it most.

Human Services Leadership and ManagementProgram Goals

  • Make changes that advance healthcare, counseling, and human services
  • Develop strategies for successful communication across cultures and populations
  • Improve work-related processes to benefit those served and the agency you represent by honing your observational skills
  • Give effective organizational direction by being able to predict human behavior
  • Employ concepts and theories of behavioral science through individual, group, and structural constructs

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The next start date for Human Services Leadership and Management is Monday, May 1.

Human Services Leadership and ManagementCourses

  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 12
  • Course Length 8 weeks

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Health Services is a 36 credit-hour degree program.

Core Courses

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    MHS 500 History and Foundation of Human Service Systems
    3
    Study the foundations of human services from a broad perspective and examine the philosophies, values, concepts, trends, challenges, and opportunities. Students will be equipped with the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the history of human services, giving special attention to the development of human services and the future scope of the field.
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    MHS 514 Policy, Programs, & Services
    3
    This course analyzes the development of human services legislation throughout history. Students will study both the historical and current relationship between social policy and public policy and assess how this influences the development of human services programs and the provision of services.
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    MHS 533 Intercultural Communication in Counseling, Health & Human Services
    3
    Study the cultural practices that influence communication between individuals and groups of differing cultural/racial backgrounds, with particular emphasis on the impact in health and human services. This course will provide students with an understanding of the uniqueness of cultures, the resulting variations in communication styles and preferences, and strategies and skills for successful communication across cultures. Students apply these skills to their chosen field through activities related to culture-specific services in their geographic and professional scope.
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    MHS 543 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
    3
    Emerge as a leader by analyzing and understanding organizations and their processes. Students will examine concepts and theories of behavioral science through individual, group, and structural behaviors. Students will apply learned concepts and theories to the prediction and management of human behavior in organizations, using theories and models to help understand human behavior and predict organizational outcomes.
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    MHS 550 Issues in Human Service Administration
    3
    This course introduces basic theories, practices, and relevant issues in human service agencies. As a result, students will develop skills to work effectively within an organization, hone their observational skills, and understand political dynamics of service delivery groups.
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    MHS 555 Life Span Development
    3
    Examine the interdisciplinary development—physical, cognitive, psychosocial and spiritual—at each stage of growth in the individual and family life cycle. The establishment of a spiritual foundation that supports family life ministry and relationships with others is discussed.
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    MHS 560 Professional Ethics
    3
    This course emphasizes the integrity of the human service profession. The course offers a brief introduction to theological ethics and then focuses on the practical issues in personal morality faced by human services workers, families, and society. Ethical concepts as they relate to the universal principal to do no harm to those you serve are also explored.
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    MHS 570 Managing Volunteers
    3
    Many organizations have a volunteer base that provides support for the organization. The quality of support received from volunteers depends on how the staff works with and utilizes the volunteers. Often organizations determine how they are going to recruit volunteers and do not do anything to plan for successful volunteer engagement. This course will help you identify the many issues organizations must consider when utilizing volunteers.

Human Service Leadership and Management Concentration

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    MPH 548 Human Resource Management in Health Care
    3
    Examines the core human resource management functions, processes and systems within healthcare organizations. Provides framework for students to recognize effective human resource management as key to accomplishing the strategic goals and missions of healthcare organizations. Reviews special considerations associated with the employment of physicians.
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    MPH 525 Health Policy and Management
    3
    This course will take a broad look at how health care works in the United States and how public health was developed, managed and funded. We will look at laws that relate to the provision of both public and private health care.
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    MGMT 560 Nonprofit Management
    3
    This course will look at nonprofit organizations and the strategies and tactics that are designed and implemented in order to be effective. Topics include governance, the role of boards, effective leadership, strategic planning and management, program development and evaluation, financial accountability, fundraising, human resource management, marketing, advocacy, and how to identify and lead volunteers to achieve the organization's mission. Students will also have an opportunity to research and volunteer at a nonprofit organization that has been recognized as being a high-impact organization and then write a report as a consultant making recommendations.

Capstone Course

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    MHS 599 Practicum in Human Services
    3
    Conduct programmatic research and implement a services project in your area of professional interest. The practicum consists of 125 total hours, which includes research and work in the field.
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