About the School of Human Services

The School of Human Services has a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs, with preparation for exciting careers in several areas in human services. All programs use research-based practices, prepare students for careers in high demand areas, and have strong community partnerships where students receive applied experiences while making positive contributions. The School has outstanding faculty, many in national leadership positions and making contributions to research and practice. Across all programs, students performance on national examinations exceeds national averages.

Specific Programs within the School include:

Behavior Analysis applies the basic principles of behaviorism to examine human behavior and develop and implement effective plans to change behavior. Professionals with training in behavior analysis work in a variety of educational and clinical settings to help individuals with behavior and learning problems.

With a long history of counselor training (established in 1955), the Counseling Program has 8 full-time faculty and approximately 70 graduate students (masters and doctoral), with masters-level preparation in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling and doctoral preparation in Counselor Education and Supervision. The Program has received national recognition for its ecological approach to counseling. There are internship opportunities in various agencies and schools. Program faculty are highly involved in the community and profession, regionally and nationally.

Offering preparation at the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels, the Health Promotion and Education program has 7 full-time faculty, approximately 180 undergraduate students and 35 graduate students. The program offers a BS degree in Health Education with concentrations in either public/community health education or exercise and fitness. The MS degree in Health Education also has two concentrations: public/community health education or exercise management. The public/community health education has a strong research focus and prepares students to work as research assistants or to move directly into a doctoral program. Students in the exercise management concentration can select either a research or practitioner route. The Health Promotion and Education Program, along with the Department of Public Health Sciences, offers a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree for students desiring to become public health education practitioners. The PhD program prepares students to work as health education/public health faculty in academia. It includes a strong research focus along with an emphasis on teaching. PhD graduates also can fill roles as researchers in public and private agencies.

For over 30 years, the School Psychology Program (with 5 full-time faculty and approximately 50 full-time students) has prepared specialist-level and doctoral-level school psychologists with a prevention and intervention orientation to practice. The Program has received recognition for this emphasis and its impact on practice regionally and nationally, and several alumni have been recognized by professional associations for best practices and “school psychologists of the year” awards. Program graduates have had a 100% pass rate on the national examination since its inception in the 1990s.

The Sport Administration curriculum focus is on the business side of the sport industry and was developed to meet the standards of the Sport Management Program Review Council.  The undergraduate program provides students with a strong technical foundation and the sport business skills necessary to successfully enter the field of sport management.

The Bachelor degree program in Substance Abuse Counseling is designed for students who are interested in careers helping people impacted by substance use disorders. This program utilizes a clinical focus, providing students with a knowledge base for counseling, correctional, administrative, and prevention settings. This degree prepares students to meet all of the academic requirements to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Level III, through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (http://ocdp.ohio.gov). To become licensed, students must also meet work hour requirements and pass a written examination, both of which are extra-curricular.