Spirituality, Culture and Health

Program details

Credits required: 18

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Graduate Certificate

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 18-hour online program helps you improve your care delivery, and prepares you to train others.

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 18-hour, online Graduate Certificate in Spirituality, Culture and Health is 100% online so you can balance your education with your career and personal responsibilities. It can be completed as a stand-alone program for health and human services professionals who don’t want to commit to a full graduate program. With online courses and field practicum opportunities, the graduate certificate offers the same flexibility and professional development of the master’s degree, but is significantly shorter to meet the needs of busy professionals.

Who should apply

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

Career opportunities

Designed for professional health care and human services workers, a wide range of careers could benefit from this certificate:

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

Consider a Master of Arts in Spirituality, Culture and Health

Like the graduate certificate, our Master of Arts in Spirituality, Culture and Health is 100% online and will help you improve your care delivery. In addition, 30-hour program also prepares you to evaluate best practices, organizational and governmental policy, and current research in order to act in a consulting role within your organization.

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.