Program Overview

Western Michigan University offers a Graduate Certificate in Spirituality, Culture, and Health for individuals who are interested in benefiting professionally and personally by developing themselves personally in the understanding of spirituality, culture, and their influence on health. Students will learn about the culture understanding and views on the body, illness, and health, and the practical tools for addressing religious, spiritual, and cultural diversity in health and human services settings. Students should also develop their understanding of the impact of culture, spirituality, and religious belief on doctor, patient, and provider relationships and healing the context of health care environments. 

The curriculum consists of 18 credit hours in which students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of cultural competence and the ability to address spirituality and culture as a part of health and wellbeing. Those classes include religions of the world for health care providers, death, religion and alternative medicine in the United States, and spirituality and the therapeutic process. 

Successful graduates of the program should be able to exhibit understanding and the necessary qualifications in spiritual and cultural understanding, including understanding of the practical application of meditation in cultural and religious perspectives in the management and care of health, to demonstrate understanding off cultural and religious understanding of death, dying, and the afterlife, including the traditions of various cultures and regions, to demonstrate understanding of spirituality and religion in the care of individuals within the U.S. healthcare system, the ability to utilize literature and research in service and understanding of spirituality, culture, and health, and to demonstrate an understanding of accepted alternative medicines and religious health practices in the United States.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

    School Overview

    Western Michigan University is a four year public research university that is located on a suburban campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. WMU was founded in 1903. WMU works to reflect a globally engaged, dynamic university that combines the resources of a national research university with the personal attention and support that are typically found at a small college, which gives students an advantage in graduate school, the workplace and life. WMU is a research university that is learner-centered and builds intellectual inquiry and discovery into its academic programs in a manner that fosters knowledge and innovation, and turns wisdom into action. WMU provides leadership in teaching, learning, research and service, and has a commitment to enhancing the future of those living around the world.

    Students at Western Michigan University can choose a comprehensive range of degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Aviation
    • Haworth College of Business
    • College of Education and Human Development
    • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Health and Human Services
    • Lee Honors College
    • Graduate College
    • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

    Western Michigan University integrates distance education coursework and programs, adding greater flexibility and convenience for students. Students taking courses online continue to have access to student resources offered on-campus.


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