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Health & Human Services

Associate Degree Program


Do you want to give ‘ohana back to your community? Do you want to help make a difference in people’s lives here in Hawaii while making a really good living?  Then a Hawaii Medical College Health & Human Services Degree is for you.  In your career you will be responsible for overseeing residents’ well-being and health in a variety of positions here in Hawaii.

You have the opportunity to join a growing field of social service professionals in Hawaii and employers are actively looking for students just like you!  Here are a few of the careers you get to choose from:

  1. Human Services Assistant
  2. Case Management Aide
  3. Human Services Program Specialist
  4. Client Advocate Aide
  5. Social Work Assistant
  6. Community Outreach Worker
  7. Family Support Worker

Hawaii Medical College trains our Health & Human Services graduates to be highly employable in our community.  Our relationships with island employers ensures you’ll get the help you need in finding a job after graduation.

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Our degree program will advance your knowledge and skills in the healthcare field through three areas of professional development:

Professional Communication

  • Speech
  • Writing
  • Therapeutic Communication

Professional Response

  • Local Considerations
  • Sociology
  • Alternative Cultural Considerations

Professional Leadership

  • Healthcare Management
  • Understanding the Charts and Reports
  • Managing the Data
  • Understanding the Cultural Reactions
  • Solving Problems and Creating Solutions
These areas will help you increase opportunities for employment and/or advancement in your career path. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health & Human Services prepares you to perform administrative and social services support under the direction of a licensed healthcare provider.

An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Health & Human Services, allows you to perform administrative and social services support under the direction of a licensed healthcare provider.

  • Human Services Assistant
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Case Management Aide
  • Family Support Worker
  • Human Services Program Specialist
  • Client Advocate Aide
  • Social Work Assistant

Degree Program length: 18 months (may vary according to individual student) Next five-week term begins: October 29, 2018

Required Courses

Customer Service3 Credits
Career Preparation3 Credits
Medical Office Procedures2.5 Credits
Word Processing Application2.5 Credits
Spreadsheet Applications2.5 Credits
Medical Insurance Billing2.5 Credits
Psychology3 Credits
Medical Law & Ethics3 Credits
Anatomy & Physiology3 Credits
Medical Terminology I3 Credits
 Medical Terminology II3 Credits
Pharmacology3 Credits
Pathophysiology3 Credits
Introduction to Health & Human Services3 Credits
Substance Abuse Overview3 Credits
Introduction to Counseling3 Credits
Children and Adolescents in Crisis3 Credits
Case Management3 Credits
Health Problems & Prevention3 Credits
Health & Human Services Externship13 Credits
Therapeutic Communication3 Credits
Complementary & Alternative Medicine3 Credits
Healthcare Management3 Credits
Health Information Management3 Credits
English Composition I3 Credits
English Composition II3 Credits
Speech3 Credits
Critical Thinking3 Credits
Sociology3 Credits
American History3 Credits
Math for Healthcare Professionals3 Credits
Applied Psychology3 Credits
TOTAL107 Credits
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the outlook in the field of Health & Human Services, Emphasis in Substance Abuse Counselling is expected to increase by 16-23% between 2016 and 2026.

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How long is HMC’s health and human services degree program?
It typically takes 18 months to complete this online associate of applied sciences degree program (may vary according to individual student).

Will I learn about social programs as part of this health and human services degree?
Yes.  Social Services programs play a tremendous role in the role of all Hawaii residents.  As an HMC student in this program, you will certainly learn about social programs especially in the Introduction to Health and Human Services course.  You can also learn more about social services in the healthcare industry by reading “Find a Healthy Niche in Social Services.”

Is this health and human services degree offered online?
Yes.  Students in this program begin with our online orientation, as coordinated by our qualified staff and faculty.  Students in the HMC HHS associate of applied science degree program study interviewing and intervention strategies, program planning, case management and more. 

What is it like to take health and human services courses online?
Online courses with HMC are designed to be flexible, so you can train on your own schedule.  Complete your discussion posts and classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night.  It’s totally up to you.  And HMC is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, learning labs, 24/7 tech assistance, student services support and more.

How much does a health and human services professional earn?
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, whether you are certified as a substance abuse counselor, or not, and other related factors.

ProgramCreditsAverage Cost
Health & Human Service AAS107$34,240.00