This interprofessional curriculum is designed for practicing healthcare professionals from nursing, medicine, social work, spiritual care, and other disciplines seeking specialty training in palliative care. The 9-month graduate certificate includes three 5-credit courses taken sequentially in the Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. It includes in-depth, applied training in:

Person-Centered Communication Skills: Integrate narrative and person-centered skills for patients and families across the continuum of palliative care.

Interprofessional Team Training: Enhance team functioning, collaborative care planning, and conflict management.

Program Development and Quality Metrics:  Create a plan for palliative care program sustainability and identify metrics to demonstrate effectiveness.

This is a hybrid program that includes both online and in-person instruction. The online instruction includes self-paced online modules and monthly live webinars.  There is a required 2.5 day workshop each quarter of the course.

The modalities support participants in developing their expertise in three key areas of palliative care practice: person-centered communication, interprofessional team training, and program sustainability in their palliative care practice. In addition, the certificate includes VitalTalk® training, which is a highly regarded national model for expert serious illness communication skills.

Program collaborators: Cambia PCCE and Vital Talk


Priority May 1

late summer admission: August 1st (space permitting)

Workshop dates for 2019-2020


October 17-19
January 23-25
May 21-23 (Tentative)


October 24-26th, 2019
January 30-Feb 1, 2020
May 14-16 (Tentative)

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