Information About Online Human Services Course Requirements
Students interested in learning more about public or private human services can take free courses through OpenCourseWare programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts - Boston and Johns Hopkins University, among others. These institutions offer both undergraduate and graduate classes. The programs below are not offered for credit and don't give students any grades, but users can download a variety of course materials, including assignments and lecture notes.
List of Free Online Human Services Courses
University of Massachusetts - Boston
- Collaborative Consultation and Larger Systems explores the best way to reach families who may not be accessing particular services offered to them. Students learn to work collaboratively with families, communities and human services agencies to match people's needs with available resources. A variety of recommended readings are provided and can help students properly complete the class assignments.
- Substance Abuse and the Family provides reading and writing assignments, lecture notes and participation assignments that outline the effects of substance abuse within the family unit. Course materials include assessment techniques, appropriate interventions and other assistive resources for human services practitioners.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Housing and Human Services is a graduate-level class that explores the similarities and differences between the human services system and the housing system. Brief lecture notes, reading assignments and a detailed description of the group assignment are available. Students can examine how housing and human services teams can work together to move people into safe and affordable housing, with a particular look at the homeless, mentally ill, elderly, criminal and AIDS populations.
The Open University
- An Introduction to Social Work provides an overview of the work that social workers perform and the standards of the social work practice. Students also learn how to deal with the special needs of children. The course consists of six extracts from an original course that offered credit.
- Social Work Learning Practice includes lectures with correlating audio clips. The class explores the various backgrounds and experiences individuals in social work have. The audio clips are taped interviews of service providers in the social work field.
- Promoting Positive Development Among Youth looks at ways to enrich today's youth through community-based programs and activities that foster togetherness and positive thinking. The curriculum includes readings and lectures. The class also looks at encouraging youths to participate in civil society.
University of Oregon
- Spirituality and Human Services is a series of videos that look at people's different spiritual backgrounds and how their beliefs relate to human services work. The diversity of people in different regions is discussed in the lectures. The course consists of 10 lecture videos with various guest speakers. The videos can be viewed on YouTube.
The Johns Hopkins University
- Understanding Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care prepares students to apply cost-effectiveness strategies to the human services field. Reading assignments and lectures cover opportunity costs, budgetary costs, concepts in health care policymaking and analytical skills. Some special software may be required to access lecture notes and course materials.