What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual (World Health Organization).
You Can Improve Quality of Life for Those Impacted by Serious Illness
The 30-credit interprofessional Master of Science in Palliative Care is completely online and can be completed in five semesters or at your own pace. In addition to the Masters of Science, the University of Maryland Graduate School has five Graduate Certificates that focus in Palliative Care including Clinical Aspects of Hospice and Palliative Care, Leadership and Administration on Hospice and Palliative Care, Psychosocial/Spiritual Aspects of Hospice and Palliative Care, and Aging and Applied Thanatology.
These programs have been designed to meet the educational needs of individuals who are currently working or who wish to work in hospice and palliative care and want to gain a deeper understanding of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of patients and families affected by serious illness.
From Our Peers:
"Best practice in caring for individuals with a serious illness is provided by an interdisciplinary team of skilled professionals. Effective teams not only practice together, but also train together. The University of Maryland Master of Science in Palliative Care is an excellent opportunity for all hospice and palliative care practitioners to learn together, honing their skills to care for this vulnerable patient population."