Jun 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Human Sciences

Mindy Markham, Interim Head

301 Justin Hall
Fax: 785-532-5505



The department of Applied Human Sciences is a multidisciplinary unit that provides graduate training for M.S. and Ph.D. students. The professional specializations are addressed to broad issues concerning individuals and families, and the courses are taught by a faculty of educators, prevention scientists, health specialists, gerontologists, marriage and family therapists, speech language pathologists, and audiologists.

Extensive research and professional practice opportunities are provided through multiple centers. The Family Center, Center for Child Development, Speech and Hearing Center, and Riley-Geary Counties Domestic Mediation Services. Opportunities are also available through the university-wide Center on Aging and various community programs.

The department offers graduate work toward M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in a broad range of the human sciences and human services. The M.S. degree in human development and family science includes specializations in prevention science, couple and family therapy, early childhood education, family and community services, and life span human development. The department offers the following specializations leading to the Ph.D. degree in health and human sciences: prevention science in HDFS, couple and family therapy, and life span human development. Also available in the department are certificates in conflict resolution and human services administration.

Distance education and certificate programs

The department collaborates with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) to offer the M.S. degree in human development and famly science in the following specialization: family and community services. The inter-institutional M.S. programs draw upon the expertise of graduate faculty from nine universities. The programs are taught fully on-line. Students enrolled in the program through Kansas State University will receive their degrees from Kansas State University.


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