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  • Criminal Justice Student Maria Bitgood participates in the Student Research Conference

    ​Pictured with Criminal Justice faculty Ashley Blackburn

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    2017 vitalvoices Speaker Series Event April 19

    ​Homeless Youth: Serving an Invisible Population by Dr. Natasha Slesnick

    Wednesday, April 19th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, C-100, Commerce Building

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    Scholarship Endowment Created in Honor of President Emeritus Max Castillo

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    Urban Education Student Organizations Volunteer During Spring Break

    ​Student representatives from UHD Urban Education Organizations joined together to support the Houston Public Library Foundation's fundraising campaign kick-off for the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza. 

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    UHD Researcher Partners with HPD to Identify Indicators of Human Trafficking

    More than two million people live in Houston. In spite of the number of people who live and work in the city, a segment of its population remains largely invisible.

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    UHD Students Assisting Former Inmates with Reentry into Workforce, Society

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    Mayor Turner Honored at UHD Social Work Awards Ceremony

    ​A full house greeted Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to honor him as the University of Houston-Downtown's Bachelor of Social Work Person of the Year on Jan. 25.

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    UHD Criminal Justice Professors Welcome Taiwanese Correction Officers

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    Urban Educator's Literacy Society Honors Fall 2016 Graduates

    ​On Thursday, Dec. 8 UELS celebrated their sixth end-of-semester banquet at UHD's Willow Street Pump Station.

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    Book Your Advising Appointment Now!

    ​To best serve you we are now moving to appointments only. Tuesdays, walk-ins and appointments welcome. Book by phone at 713.221.8906 or Online. 

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    Journal of Family Strengths Inspires Collaboration Among UHD Faculty, Community Partners

    Academic journals deliver news on groundbreaking research and offer perspectives on topics impacting society.
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    College of Public Service Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The UHD College of Public Service is a community-based center for higher learning dedicated to preparing students for careers in criminal justice, social work and education. We believe that, through public service, an educated society creates thoughtful policies and practices to improve the lives of diverse populations.

Our students engage in dynamic research designed to enhance the quality of schools, social work and justice institutions to instill scholarship, integrity and responsibility in tomorrow's leaders.​

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Why should you choose University of Houston-Downtown for your Public Service Degree?

Reason No. 10

At UHD, we understand that a Public Service career isn't "just a job." Rather, it is a calling pursued by individuals passionate about helping diverse populations, communities and the environment.

Reason No. 9

We believe that an educated society creates thoughtful policy and humanistic practices for the betterment of its diverse constituents.

Reason No. 8

We constantly update our programs through curriculum plans developed in partnership with public service leaders. This approach ensures that our graduates can successfully compete in the job market and excel as leaders within the Public Service community

Reason No. 7

We offer flexible learning options to accommodate your schedule. We offer several online, hybrid (online with some classroom attendance required), and weekend courses.

Reason No. 6

A UHD Public Service degree will equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to facilitate effective resolutions for public and public service issues on a local, national and international level.

Reason No. 5

Our Criminal Justice curriculum provides for the development of critical skills in criminal justice planning, implementation, and evaluation to ensure that the management and administration of the criminal justice system is effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of the community

Reason No. 4

UHD has an outstanding reputation for producing quality teachers. Our Urban Education Program is respected by employers and offers unique, field-based teacher training that exceeds other programs in the region.

Reason No. 3

Our Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Wo​rk Education​ (CSWE), and offers a curriculum designed to engage students in dynamic research that will improve the quality of our area schools and justice institutions, and instill scholarship, integrity and responsibility in tomorrow's leaders

Reason No. 2

Our Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice will equip program graduates with the skills needed to provide leadership, critical thinking, and knowledge in the areas of criminological theory, program evaluation, and criminal justice administration.

And Reason No. 1 we believe you'll want to get your public service degree here:

We strive to engage in dynamic research to improve the quality of our area schools and justice institutions, and instill scholarship, integrity and responsibility in tomorrow's leaders.

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