Human Services

HUMS student Vincent Feuilles

"Putting people to work, working with people" captures the essence of the dynamic and rewarding Human Services field. As one of the fastest-growing career fields in the United States today, it offers unparalleled opportunities for individuals seeking a fulfilling and impactful career path.

The Department of Human Services’ mission is to prepare individuals with an interdisciplinary knowledge base to prevent and remediate problems, and to improve the quality of life for people coping with life-changing social issues.

Philosophical Orientation:
Building on liberal arts and science foundations, a theoretical framework, and experiential learning, the human services degree programs prepare students for human services practice in organizational and advocacy settings where they can provide ongoing support to vulnerable individuals of diverse backgrounds.

A career in Human Services combines personal fulfillment with professional growth with a commitment to making a positive impact. Human services professionals tackle a wide range of societal challenges, from mental health to poverty and marginalized communities. As a committed and caring professional, you will have the opportunity to work closely with diverse populations, supporting individuals, families, and communities in achieving their goals.

Beyond the intrinsic rewards of helping others, the Human Services field provides a multitude of career paths and advancement opportunities allowing you to tailor your career to match your specific interests and passions. The flexibility of this field allows for work in various settings, such as government agencies, nonprofit organizations, healthcare institutions, schools, and community centers.

Embark on a career in Human Services and join a compassionate and dedicated community of professionals. Together, we can create a future where everyone can access the support, care, and opportunities they deserve.

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NatureSummer Institute on Alaska Social Issues

The conference series is part of the College of Health's commitment to advancing health equity and justice in our state and beyond, which focuses on trauma and addiction, social justice and diversity, and ethics in clinical practice.


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(907) 786-6437



UAA Dept. of Human Services
UAA Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Dr., Suite 218
Anchorage, AK 99508



UAA Dept. of Human Services
3211 Providence Dr., PSB 218
Anchorage, AK 99508