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Welcome to the Hospice and Palliative Studies Department at Madonna University, the only university-based program of its kind in the United States! The faculty and I are pleased you have selected Madonna University for this unique course of study. As an undergraduate or graduate student, you are prepared to serve diverse populations during terminal illness and to perform effectively as members of an interdisciplinary team whose goal is to promote holistic care and excellence at end-of-life. Our cutting-edge curriculum embodies the hospice interdisciplinary team with courses focusing on psychosocial, spiritual, physical, legal and ethical needs of patients and families. Our graduates secure fulfilling positions within Southeast Michigan’s concentration of hospice and palliative care facilities.

Hospice and palliative care delivery exists across the healthcare continuum in a variety of settings including free-standing hospices, hospice residences, hospice-hospital partnerships, pediatric hospice care, hospice in the ICU, and hospice within long-term care facilities. In addition, bereavement support services within hospices are expanding with many hospice leaders partnering with various agencies in an effort to provide seamless service to grieving families in need of support and education. In response to the need for grief support in communities, the hospice faculty created a bereavement specialty to provide a forum for graduate students to supplement an existing degree by earning a certificate or electing the bereavement cognate as their concentration within the hospice degree.

The hospice student body is very special; as a cohort of caring and compassionate people, they realize hospice care is not about dying, rather it is about living fully until we die. We know you will bring to this program many life experiences that enhance classroom discussion among like-minded classmates. We do everything we can to help you achieve your educational, personal and professional goals. We hope you join us in the effort to make hospice a household word where patients and families are aware of options at end-of-life that come from informed health care professionals.
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Dr. Kelly Rhoades
Chairperson and Professor
Hospice and Palliative Studies Department

Hospice and Palliative Studies Areas of Study – The graduate programs are highlighted with a dark background.
Essentials in End-of-Life Care Grad Cert Hospice and Palliative Studies
Hospice and Palliative Studies MSHP Hospice and Palliative Studies
Post-Master's Cert Bereavement  

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