HLT4400 Advanced Life Care Planning

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. David Simmons

Course Description:

With advanced medical technology now capable of sustaining the body long after meaningful quality of life has ceased, advanced planning around end of life care is essential to dying well. In this course, students will be introduced to the important elements of planning for end of life, will practice leading conversations around end of life planning, and will gain an awareness of the complex issues surrounding end of life care. This course will enable participants to engage others in their care to grapple with the important issues involved in dying well.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any student who works with seriously ill patients will require the ability to have crucial conversations around end of life care planning. This is a fundamental skill around which students will develop high level knowledge and techinques for helping patients in this sensitive area of health care planning.

Why This Course Is Important:

Because so few people plan ahead for how they would want to be cared for in their most critical life moments, the skill of having sensitive and appropriate advanced life care conversations helps to meet a critical need in the health care system.