Human Services


Human Services is a complex field of practice and not confined to simply caring for people. You may be more familiar with the term Social Services.

You can work in a hands-on support situation, in advocacy and policy, or in government departments such as ministries of Education and Health to support marginalised people to have quality of life and better opportunities.

Human Services workers may work with a wide spectrum of clients including youth, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, the aged and people in prison or on remand.

Areas of study

Psychology and sociology for human services, cultural diversity, professional communication skills, the impact of the Treaty of Waitangi on New Zealand's social services, and the nature and context of social work as a profession.

You can study Human Services in the following programmes:

More information

For more information see School of Counselling, Social Work and Human Services