Western Michigan University

1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200

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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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    A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

    Accreditation & Licensing

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


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