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Health and Human Services Student Learning Outcomes

Health and Human Services Degree Mandl School

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social, political, economic and cultural context within which chemical abuse and/or dependence exists;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the behavioral, psychological, physical health and social effects of chemical abuse and/or dependence on the patient and significant others;
  • Exhibit knowledge of the philosophies, practices, policies and outcomes of the most generally accepted models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention and continuing care for chemical abuse and/or dependence related problems;
  • Demonstrate skill in recognizing the potential for chemical abuse and/or dependence disorders to mimic a variety of medical and psychological disorders and the potential for medical and psychological disorders to coexist with chemical abuse and/or dependence;
  • Utilize acquired knowledge of the importance of family, social networks and community systems in the treatment and recovery process;
  • Demonstrate ability to incorporate the special needs of diverse racial and ethnic cultures and special populations into clinical practice, including their distinct patterns of communication;
  • Develop an understanding of the obligation of the CASAC to engage in prevention as well as treatment techniques and to adhere to generally accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the counseling relationship;
  • Develop a collaborative process resulting in a written document that identifies treatment goals and describes measurable, action steps toward achieving these goals;
  • Formulate a process of providing patients, families, significant others, and community groups with information on risks as well as available prevention, treatment and recovery resources;
  • Develop a systematic approach to screening, intakes, assessment, treatment plan, clinical reports, clinical progress notes and discharge summaries.

Graduates of the Mandl Health and Human Services Degree program will be ready to assume entry level position including:

  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Caseworkers
  • Case Managers
  • Health Educators
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Community and Social Service Specialists

The program is designed to prepare students to work in a wide variety of helping settings including:

  • Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Behavioral Health Agencies
  • Geriatric Centers
  • Life Care Facilities
  • Youth Centers Criminal Justice Facilities
  • Schools serving Special Needs Children and Youth
  • Community Outreach Programs

Why Health & Human Services is a Rewarding Career?

  1. Job Stability: Employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  2. Be Challenged: Flourish in interdisciplinary teams while practicing leadership responsibility and accountability for decisions and effort.
  3. Give Back to the Community: As a major part of their study, students will learn to appreciate and have the opportunity to work directly with people in a multi-cultural environment. Real world experienced will be gained by being assigned externships in agencies and institutions in the community.
  4. Personal Gratification: Enjoy the gratification of helping others in need. Students will develop skills needed to work with others on a one-on-one, as well as in group settings, from which they will practice and learn the ethical standards of the helping profession.
  5. Prestige: Become a member of the distinguished healthcare industry


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