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Master of Human Services: Human Services Leadership and Management Track
Become the Bridge Between Communities and Social Services
With the Master of Human Services (MHS) Human Services Leadership and Management Track, you will gain the knowledge to spearhead initiatives connecting members of the public with health and human services resources. By improving your skills in management and leadership techniques, you will have the knowledge necessary to implement programs and policies to improve your organization.
Human Services Leadership and Management Degree Track Curriculum (9 credit hours)
The Human Services Leadership and Management Track curriculum is designed to give you a well-rounded leadership approach to the human services field. The three required management courses for this track include:
MPH 525 Health Policy and Management (3 credit hours)
Identify and evaluate the legal and ethical issues of organization, management, financing and delivery of health services. Discuss policies and public health systems in the United States and how they affect individuals and communities.
Course Outcomes +
- Identify the main components and issues of organization, financing and delivery of health services and public health systems in the United States.
- Describe the legal and ethical basis for public health and health services.
- Explain methods of ensuring community health and preparedness.
- Discuss the policy process for improving the health status of populations.
- Apply principles of management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives.
- Communicate health policy and management issues using appropriate channels and technologies.
- Demonstrate leadership skills for building partnerships.
- Explain the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Medicare and Medicaid.
MPH 548 Human Resource Management in Health Care (3 credit hours)
Identify the core functions of human resources in supporting the strategic goals and missions of healthcare organizations. Explore the core functions of human resources and prepare a presentation on the employee life cycle.
Course Outcomes +
- Recognize the role of human resources in supporting the strategic goals and mission of the organization.
- Identify the core functions of human resources in healthcare organizations. Create a detailed list of five functions a manager can do to enhance performance.
- Identify and discuss the federal legislation affecting healthcare workers today.
- Appraise and critique presentations on the life cycle of the employee model.
MGMT 560 Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
Evaluate selected strategic management competencies in nonprofit organizations, including fund development, strategic planning, human resources, volunteer management, outcomes and program assessment. Students have the opportunity to volunteer at a high-impact nonprofit organization and prepare recommendations that could improve its performance.
Course Outcomes +
- Examine the history and current status of nonprofit organizations in the United States.
- Describe the basic legal and regulatory environment by which nonprofit organizations operate in the U.S.
- Evaluate selected strategic management competencies in nonprofit organizations, including fund development, strategic planning, human resources, volunteer management, outcomes and program assessment.
- Argue the issues, ethics and social responsibility in the management of nonprofit organizations.
- Discuss social entrepreneurship and social enterprise and its role in nonprofit organizations.
- Assess the importance of collaboration and strategic alliances.
- Examine the financial accountability of the nonprofit organization.
Human Services Leadership and Management Careers
The Human Services Management Degree Track is ideal for individuals with a passion for human services, combined with the desire to practice leadership skills. Career titles include:
- Case Manager – works closely with individuals and families to identify their needs and goals, and then connects them with resources to help them meet their needs and achieve goals. Case managers may work within a wide variety of private or government organizations.
- Executive Director – manages the operations of an organization by communicating with employees, volunteers, and perhaps a board of directors; establishing and monitoring budgets; and ensuring that the organization operates within the parameters of its mission statement. Executive Directors run diverse human service organizations.
- Non-Profit Manager – markets the non-profit organization, raises funds, and recruits participants through excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Social Worker – may help people find work, obtain government benefits, handle a financial or health crisis, or provide mental health services directly to individuals or families. Social workers can be found in schools, government agencies, mental health clinics, job training centers, health care facilities, and more.
- Social Services Specialist – usually works within a government agency, providing assistance to people who need help meeting their basic needs; the people they assist may be economically disadvantaged, handicapped, or escaping an abusive situation.
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Employment Opportunities in Human Services Leadership and Management
Pursuing a career as a leader in the human services field could introduce you to a wide variety of employers. Many different organizations and institutions need skilled leaders with human services expertise, including the following:
- Criminal justice
- Domestic services
- Government agencies
- Medical facilities
- Nonprofit services
- Senior living
- Underserved populations
Lead Public Policies to Advocate for Populations in Need
Explore the opportunity to take on the role of leadership in human services with the Human Services Leadership and Management Track. Concordia University, Nebraska's fully online MHS program makes it easy for working professionals to expand their credentials and advance their careers. Request more information, or call (877) 497-5848 to speak with a program manager.