Spirituality, Culture And Health

Master of Arts

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Program details

Credits Required: 30

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Improve care delivery through cultural understanding

As a health and human services provider, you’ve seen how patient needs are informed by diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. This 30-hour online program helps you improve your care delivery, and prepares you to train others. It also prepares you to evaluate best practices, organizational, governmental policy, and current research in order to act in a consulting role within your organization.

Learn how to support patient and family centered care by gaining a deeper understanding of patients’ culture, spirituality and religious beliefs. This knowledge can help improve health care quality, while reducing biases that lead to medical errors and medical inequity.

Learn online and gain firsthand experience

Our Master of Arts in spirituality, culture and health is 100% online so you can balance your education with your career and personal responsibilities. A field practicum helps you gain first-hand experience creating meaningful relationships with patients and their families by understanding their religion. The practicum is flexible, so you can arrange it to compliment your schedule. In addition, you can choose electives most relevant to your academic interests and professional goals.

Who should apply

This program is designed for health and human service professionals, health educators and interfaith chaplains.

Career opportunities

A wide range of health care and human services careers could benefit from this certificate:

  • Medicine
  • Chaplaincy
  • Psychology
  • Hospice Care
  • Social Work
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Clinical Education
  • Diversity and Inclusion

Complement your degree with graduate certification

You may also combine your degree with one of our graduate certificates. Our graduate certificate in spirituality, culture and health can be completed within the 30 credit hours required for the Master of Arts.

You may also combine your degree with a graduate certificate in gerontology, an online 15-credit program that prepares you to address the needs of aging populations. To pursue a combined master’s degree and graduate certification, you’ll need to apply to both the master’s program and the certificate program.

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

"Best bang for the buck"

Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.