Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Human Services program at Albizu University, Miami campus, prepares students to become culturally competent and socially responsible professionals who excel as advocates, scholars, and leaders serving and empowering marginalized and underserved populations. 

It takes a committed and caring individual to help people who are struggling with physical or mental illness, addiction, or the repercussions of poverty or crime. Doctoral studies in human services give you the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to empower individuals in need, contributing to their well-being and enabling them to live constructive, rewarding, and autonomous lives.

Students enter the program with master’s degrees in disciplines that include mental health, education, social work, sociology, anthropology, nursing, public health, and criminal justice, among others. In each of these fields, public and private institutions provide assistance to individuals at every stage of life who are physically or emotionally challenged due to age, poverty, abuse, immigrant or minority status, illness, addiction, imprisonment, or violence.

Whether your interests lie in administration, professional practice, or academic research, Albizu University offers the training you need to become a culturally sensitive leader of change. Now is the time to transform your life and the lives of others.

Program Highlights

As a student in the Ph.D. in Human Services program, you will acquire scholarly knowledge based on state-of-the-art research findings, a solid grounding in ethics, and the ability to influence policies and laws governing the field of human services.

The program prepares you to take a leadership role in serving individuals in need, their families, and their communities by building your proficiency in the following areas:

  • Overseeing conflict mediation, crisis intervention, and human resources administration

  • Developing or expanding research programs, seeking and obtaining funding, and analyzing and interpreting policies, rules, regulations, and laws

  • Negotiating contracts and agreements with for-profit and nonprofit organizations and federal agencies

  • Leading others in the human services field, enabling them to achieve collective goals through effective planning, integration, and organization

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Human Services program serve in prominent positions in public or private service agencies. Your doctoral-level work, knowledge of cultural and ethnic issues, and original, outcome-oriented research will prepare you to occupy a leadership role in administration, professional practice, research, or academia, where you will collaborate with a network of experienced human services faculty and professionals to improve local and global communities.



San Juan location
151 Calle Tanca San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 725-6500 Fax: (787) 721-7187
Miami location
2173 NW 99th Avenue Miami, Florida 33172 Phone: (305) 593-1223 Fax: (305) 592-7930
Centro Mayaguez
56 Calle José De Diego, Mayagüez, P.R. 00680 Phone: (787) 838-7272 Fax: (787) 721-7187
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission for Independent Education