Faculty of Human and Social Development.
The Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD) is a vibrant place to learn and prepare to contribute to the health of society. Our students enter professions that support children, families, elders, communities and governments.
We are leaders in health and community education, community-based research, Indigenous partnership, distance education delivery, and innovative graduate programs. We bring UVic to your community and value our collaborative partnerships.
Undergraduate and graduate programs
|Child and Youth Care|
|Health Information Science|
|Public Health and Social Policy|
|Studies in Policy and Practice|
Professional and applied programs
Our professional programs are directly applicable to the workplace, and flexible for working professionals like you. Study full-time or part-time, on campus or by distance, depending upon your schedule and the program you choose.
Get to know HSD in this overview video.
online (distance) learning
Our online programs let you combine studies with work and family responsibilities. You'll study with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and locations without leaving your community. Learn more about distance learning and support for distance students.
Tammy Thielman is a 3rd year Distance Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) student from Salmon Arm, BC, where she lives with husband John and their three children on 20 acres. Tammy's area of interest is mental health and she plans to complete her BSW and obtain a Master's degree - all from UVic, her favourite university. Tammy is just one of the many mature students with families who is able to complete a meaningful degree while staying in her home community, where her family has deep roots. Tammy's blog
Our programs and services are here to help make your journey as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Support in Human and Social Development (HSD) includes the HSD Indigenous Advisor, Roger John and Indigenous Student Liaison, Crystal Seibold. The Indigenous Counsellor is Sylvie Cottell. Learn more about support for Indigenous students.
We're the leading faculty on campus for numbers of Indigenous faculty, Indigenous students, support staff, programming and collaborative research involving Indigenous peoples. We originated many Indigenous initiatives at UVic, such as the First Peoples House and the Indigenous students graduation ceremony. Good things start here.