Degree in Human Services (Ph.D)

Program Overview

The mission of the Ph.D. Program in Human Services at Albizu University, Miami Campus is to train doctoral students to become culturally competent and socially responsible professionals that will 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, poverty, hunger, education, housing, violence, or crime. A PhD in Human Services will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to empower individuals in need, contribute to their well-being and allow them to live constructive, rewarding and autonomous lives.

Human Services encompass a variety of fields of knowledge in the public and private sectors, such as mental health, healthcare, education, social work, sociology/anthropology, nursing, public health, and criminal justice, among others. In these fields, services are provided to individuals at every stage of life who are physically and/or emotionally challenged because of age, poverty, abuse, immigrant or minority status, illness, addictions, imprisonment and/or violence.

Program Highlights

The Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services Program will prepare you to acquire scholarly knowledge based on state-of-the-art research findings, ethics, and advanced administrative skills that could influence policies and laws that govern the field of human services.

As a student in the Ph.D. in Human Services program, your educational career will be tailored toward acquiring leadership skills, as well as proficiency in conflict mediation, crisis intervention and human resources administration to serve individuals in need, their families and communities. In addition, you will learn to develop or expand research programs, seek and obtain funding opportunities, and analyze and interpret policies, rules, regulations, and laws. You will develop skills in how to negotiate contracts and agreements with for-profit and non-profit organizations and federal agencies. You will learn how to lead others in the human services field reach goals and objectives through effective planning, integration, and organization.

Career Opportunities

As graduates from Albizu University you will be able to gain employment in prominent positions at public or private service agencies. Your doctoral level work and original action-oriented research will prepare you to occupy leadership positions in administration, professional practice, research and academia.  You will collaborate with a rich network of experienced human services faculty and professionals in a variety of human services fields who will work hand in hand with you in improving their immediate and global communities.

Whether you are interested in becoming a leader of change in administration, professional practice, or research in the academic world, Albizu University offers the training to become a culturally competent professional. The time is NOW to transform your life and the lives of others. Knowledge to build a better world


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  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission for Independent Education