Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS)
About this Program
The RHS major trains students interested in improving quality of life for persons impacted by disabilities. RHS professionals work with a variety of people across the lifespan who experience problems in psychosocial, physical, mental, educational, vocational, and recreational aspects of their lives.
Examples of client groups RHS professionals work with include people with mental, cognitive, developmental, addiction, sensory, and/or physical disabilities and chronic illness; people experiencing violence; people living in poverty; and people who are homeless.
RHS students learn a variety of professional skills, including advocating for others; assessing client needs; conducting educational and related support groups; consulting with professionals from other agencies and settings; developing client treatment plans; identifying and using community resources; interviewing clients and family members; managing client caseloads; and resolving conflicts. Graduates work in a variety of settings including community mental health programs, group homes, schools, drug and alcohol programs, hospitals and medical settings, corrections facilities, and rehabilitation centers.
Contact the Program Coordinator
James T. Herbert, Ph.D., CRC
314 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802
Degrees We Offer
Requirements, Sample Curriculum
How to Apply
Admission to any undergraduate program in the Penn State College of Education is offered through the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Meet our Faculty
Meet Recent Graduates
To meet alumni of the RHS program, contact James Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Coduti, faculty program developer for the “Ireland: Disability and Culture” program. This international program was recently recognized as the Innovative New Program Award from GoAbroad. You can read more about this announcement at: http://news.psu.edu/story/414433/2016/06/14/academics/culture-and-disability-program-receives-international-award? For more information about next year’s program in Ireland (June 2017), please contact Dr. Jim Herbert at email@example.com or Dr. Wendy Coduti at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the course website at: http://gpglobalea.gp.psu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10787
- RHS Program will offer a new course on “Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities.” The course will be taught during the fall semester on Mondays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The instructor is Dr. Wendy Coduti (email@example.com).