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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Palliative Care Minor

Department of Health and Community Studies, Woodring College of Education

27-31 Credits


Palliative care provides those with a serious or chronic illness – from the time of diagnosis throughout the course of treatment – care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and managing suffering. It is delivered by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other practitioners (artists, musicians, complementary care providers, therapists) to address the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Palliative Care can be provided from the time of diagnosis along with curative treatments.

Why Consider a Palliative Care Minor?

This minor will provide students in a wide variety of disciplines with the knowledge to provide and support compassionate care to patients and families living with chronic and life threatening illnesses.

 Contact Information

Program Advisor
Devyani Chandran
Miller Hall 316B

 Sample Careers

Palliative care nurses | social workers | human services

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students will meet with the minor advisor Dr. Devyani Chandran, fill out a minor declaration card and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. Students must complete the minor with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in minor course work.


Palliative Care Core (11 credits)

Contains a basic set of core courses that set the foundation for the minor.

Serious Illness, Death & Dying: Social context of serious illness, death and dying (4-5 credits)

This core area examines the social context of serious illness, death and dying.

Serious Illness, Death & Dying: Physical, psychosocial, emotional, cultural, and ethical issues related to serious illness and death (3-5 credits)

Physical, psychosocial, emotional, cultural, and ethical issues related to serious illness and death.

Healthcare – Policy & Systems (9-10 credits)

Explores public and private policy surrounding palliative care and the role of interdisciplinary teamwork in delivery of care.