Health and Human Services Associate Degree Online Program

Help connect people to the services they need.

Health and Human Services Associate Degree Online Program

Help connect people to the services they need.

Earn your degree online in 18 months.1

Earning an associate degree online in the Health and Human Services program offered at Ultimate Medical Academy allows you to build foundational skills from home, so that you can start pursuing entry-level jobs in 18 months.1 Balance your busy life with our flexible online courses and receive exceptional student support along the way. Experience all the potential of earning an education on your time. Call UMA today.

Compassion, empathy, and organization are pillars in the health and human services field. If improving the lives of others by connecting them to vital services seems important to you, consider this growing field as a potential pathway toward doing that for a living.17

What is health and human services?

The health and human services field covers a variety of jobs, all of which generally focus on improving lives within a given community as well as the community itself. This often includes guiding people in need to allied health services that can help. Roles in this field typically involve contact with a diverse group of people who may have a wide range of personal challenges. Through a combination of management and organization, assisting these populations through informed guidance is key.

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Health and Human Services Career Training

As a student in UMA’s Health and Human Services program, you’ll be prepared to assist, support, and advocate for individuals and families when it comes to meeting their healthcare needs. You’ll understand the value of community programs and community outreach by learning how to research relevant services to help people, connect them with those vital services, and more. With a curriculum built to accommodate your schedule, our program is designed to provide you with the skills necessary to secure community resources, provide assistance and referrals, recognize advocacy needs, acknowledge vulnerable populations, and support those seeking public and private services.

Typical Courses

UMA’s Health and Human Services program offers courses that give students the opportunity to gain key industry competencies while enhancing their skillset in areas of learning. This is done with a combination of general education as well as field-specific courses.

Please see the UMA Catalog for required courses in Arkansas, Kansas, and Minnesota.

Associate Degree

Credits: 64 Approx. time to complete: 18 months1

Core Courses (46.0 Credits)

  • Computer Fundamentals 3.0 credits
  • Interpersonal Professional Communications 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to Health and Human Services 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to Counseling 3.0 credits
  • Public and Community Health 3.0 credits
  • Family Dynamics 3.0 credits
  • Social Welfare 3.0 credits
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services 2.0 credits
  • Health and Human Services Capstone 3.0 credits
  • Introduction to U.S. Healthcare Delivery 3.0 credits
  • Medical Terminology 4.0 credits
  • Human Growth and Development 3.0 credits
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology I 4.0 credits
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3.0 credits
  • Student Success 1.0 credits
  • Career Success 2.0 credits

General Education Courses (18.0 Credits)

  • English Composition 3.0 credits
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3.0 credits
  • College Math 3.0 credits
  • Psychology 3.0 credits
  • General Biology 3.0 credits
  • Sociology 3.0 credits

Work Environments

Professionals in this field work in settings such as a:

  • Nonprofit organization
  • Foundation or civic group
  • Federal, state or local health agency
  • Public health department
  • Behavioral health facility

What’s the job outlook in health and human services?

Employment in this field is projected to grow 17 percent (faster than average) from 2019 to 2029. In that span, 71,500 new jobs are projected to be added.17 Through 2029, the healthcare industry as a whole is estimated to have 15.7 million open positions.4

UMA graduates in this program can pursue entry-level roles such as:

  • Direct Support Professional
  • Patient Services
  • Social and Human Services
  • Teacher
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Paraprofessional
15.7 million
Projected Open Positions Through 20294
Health and Human Services Reported Salaries5

Entry-level positions for this career field could start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $24,950 annually. The median annual salary for this career field is $35,960.

The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $56,080. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

Note: Salaries may vary according to location and other factors.

Bottom 10%
Median Salary
Top 10%

Why choose UMA?

When you pursue an associate degree from Ultimate Medical Academy:

  • You gain a strong foundation for pursuing your new career.
  • You have UMA staff dedicated to your success.
  • You have a career services team committed to getting you interview- ready so you can jumpstart your search for a career.
  • You receive flexible online training.2

At UMA, you won’t feel like just another number. In fact, you’ll participate in classrooms with a maximum size of 25 students. Our student support team can help you with academic support, technical assistance, job search guidance, mock interviews, financial aid if qualified, and more.

Our programs also include 24/7 tech support that helps you become comfortable with computers and in the online environment. Receive guidance from your instructors and learn what it takes to pursue your career.

An associate degree can open doors to lifelong learning and set the groundwork for your newfound passion and career path. Let UMA help you change your future. We are proud to have supported more than 69,000 students through graduation so far. We’d love to help you, too!

Continuing Education After UMA

You don’t have to stop after you earn an associate degree. UMA maintains agreements with educational partners who share many elements of our mission. Through these partnerships, alumni with an associate degree from UMA who meet a partner’s admissions requirements have an opportunity to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in select areas of study. You can find more information on UMA’s partner schools here.

What kind of financial aid options are available?

If you qualify for applicable financial aid, we’ll walk you through the process. Multiple resources may be available to help pay for the cost of your education. Our Student Finance advisors are committed to helping you understand the options you qualify for and can assist you in applying for various forms of financial aid to see if you qualify.

To learn more about financial aid possibilities, contact 888-212-5421.

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  • Is this degree similar to an online human services degree?

    Yes, but with an emphasis on the healthcare industry and some focus on school and community settings. Students in the UMA Health and Human Services associate degree program study interviewing and intervention strategies, program planning, case management and more. If you’re looking to earn a degree in the human services category and specialize in the growing healthcare industry, this may be the program for you.

  • Will I study social services as part of this health and human services degree?

    Yes. As a student in this program, you’ll study social services in the Social Welfare class, and you’ll explore social programs in Introduction to Health and Human Services. Learn more about the advantages of specializing in social services for the healthcare industry by earning a Health and Human Services degree and by reading “Find a Healthy Niche in Social Services.”

  • How long is this online health and human services degree program?

    It typically takes 18 months to complete this online associate degree program (may vary according to individual student).

  • Is there a difference between schools that offer health and human services programs?

    Absolutely. While the basic education may be similar between schools that offer health and human services programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our tuition. UMA is a school that offers a Health and Human Services education program which includes one-on-one academic support, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.

  • What types of health and human services online courses would I take?

    As a Health and Human Services student at UMA, you’ll take online courses on a wide range of topics. You’ll study interpersonal communication skills, family dynamics, counseling techniques, medical terminology and more. To see a typical list of online courses you would take with UMA for our Health and Human Services degree program, see the courses section on this page or consult the UMA Catalog.

  • What’s it like to take health and human services courses online?

    Online courses with UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online academic support, live learning labs, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.

  • How much does a health and human services professional make?

    You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. The salary for a position in this career field depends on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, and other related factors.

    Entry-level positions for this career field could start in the lower range of estimated salaries, which is less than $24,950 annually. The median annual salary for this career field is $35,960.

    The top 10 percent of earners in this career field earned more than $56,080. In other words, not many people in this field make more than this amount annually.

  • What’s the best school for your needs?

    Of course, you’re looking for the best school — for you. So, we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-213-4473. Let’s talk about you.

  • What should I look for in top schools for health and human services training?

    Different people have different ideas of what makes a top school. To us, top schools that offer health and human services programs should provide personal assistance every step of the way with services like one-on-one academic support. Top schools that offer health and human services training should also provide career services such as job search assistance. To learn about the learner and career services offered by UMA, visit our Ultimate Student Services page.

  • Where can I find more info about health and human services?