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GVSU Interprofessional Certificate - Palliative and Hospice Care


Certificate Focus

Person-centered, family-oriented end-of-life (EOL) care should be a priority, according to the 2014 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Dying in America. The report acknowledges the need for better palliative care education in order to meet the goal of high quality, affordable, and sustainable EOL care.

This interprofessional certificate is designed to prepare individuals interested in palliative and hospice care with a deep understanding of the personal, professional, economic and legal perspectives of delivering care to patients facing life-limiting disease, terminal illness and death. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Contrast the interdisciplinary philosophy and delivery of palliative and hospice care with existing traditional medical models.
  • Delineate common types of pain and pain syndromes that contribute to symptom burden in individuals with life-limiting illness.
  • Develop strategies to alleviate the complex symptoms of individuals with chronic and terminal illness using a team approach.
  • Incorporate behaviors that acknowledge grieving and loss into routine care planning for individuals seeking palliative and hospice care.
  • Assimilate evidence-based strategies into effective provider communication that integrates patients and families as the unit of care.
  • Utilize an interdisciplinary framework to support and develop a plan of care for individuals who require palliative and/or hospice care. 

About the Certificate

12 Credit Hours / 4 Graduate-level Courses

  • Chronic and Terminal Illness: The Palliative and Hospice Model (3 credits)
  • Complex Pain and Symptom Management (3 credits)
  • Death, Grief and Loss (3 credits)
  • Choice of 1 Elective (3 credits):
    • Health Care Systems, Policy and Politics
    • Clinical Pharmacology
    • Law, Ethics and Social Work
    • Social Work and Healthcare

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