Human Services

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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.

Academic Programs


News & Stories

  • Cass Pook standing in rural area covered in snow

    Lifetimes of helping

     |  Matt Jardin  |  , ,

    When human services and social work alumna Cass Pook says she has always been a helper, she’s not just referring to her nature as an empathetic and compassionate listener. “Culturally, it's in my DNA to be a helper,” said Pook. “Looking back on it throughout history, 100 or 200 years ago I would have been doing the same thing. I was born to be a social worker.”

Institutes, Centers, & Projects


NatureAlaska Summer Institute

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.

Nughejagh ProjectNughejagh Project

The CAAS was established by the Board of Regents in 1972 to address the problem of substance misuse in Alaska.

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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