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Online Graduate Certificate in
Veteran & Military Healthcare & Public Policy

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This 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Veteran & Military Healthcare & Public Policy provides knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied by community ministry leaders, chaplains, pastors, mental health practitioners, maternal & newborn health practioners, geriatric care practitioners, rehabilitation care practitioners, oral care practitioners, public health practitioners, community health educators, human services professionals, social workers, and others who work with veteran and military families. This credential empowers you to serve your community, broaden your skillset and enhance your resume. Taught by Christian experts in medical theology, military medical chaplaincy, and healthcare chaplaincy, the program equips students to demonstrate the love and compassion of God by advocating for first-class military healthcare systems; caring for the health of veteran & military families; understanding ways spirituality shapes one's perspective of health, disease and medicine; and sharing the good news of redemption, restoration, and renewal in situations of health trauma.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in their 2019 report, more than 14.5 million people serve in the militaries of top 30 countries with the largest military forces - of that about 1.3 million are active duty in the US military. With over 18 million veterans, the United States has about 20 million veterans and active military - and their families - to serve. Due to the circumstances that active and veteran military have experienced, whether deployed or not, their healthcare needs may include injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicide prevention, depression, rehabilitation, chronic conditions, end-of-life care and other physical and psychological needs. Through the Graduate Certificate in Veteran & Military Healthcare & Public Policy, you gain an understanding of not only the veterans and active military dealing with physical and psychological issues of war and military service, but also how to best help these patients and families navigate the systems available to them while innovating to assist them more efficiently in the future.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving military families in the mission of God.

Students develop a theological framework with which to engage those who experience pain and hardship. The course addresses the importance of holistic mission through caring for the pastoral, spiritual, medical, and health-related needs of those experiencing illnesses, disabilities, cancer, etc. Assessment items include reading, lectures, case-study projects, discussion forums, and service projects pointed to a global area of interest.

How is military life and culture changing? What are driving these changes? Students will explore readings from different time periods and perspectives, evaluate these trends, and propose how they may impact missional activities.

Many returning military members and veterans face cultural, psychological, spiritual, and ethical challenges adjusting back from deployments or to civilian life. Students are expected to assess and articulate problems faced by service personnel and veterans, obstacles and barriors to receiving care, and a description and evaluation of current care systems.

Students will assess and compare the differences between military and veteran disability evaluations, research and articulate problems and benefits of these systems, and formulate proposed systematic changes.

Current trends in programs and structures in military psychological healthcare which address common pyschological stressors will be analyzed. Students will identity and evaluate historical practices, popular support for these programs, pressure to transform these trends, and impications of modern trends for military members.

How does one apply the calling of spiritual caregiving to the unique world of healthcare? This course equips spiritual caregivers to apply their spiritual gifts towards the specific context of healthcare. Under examination are the challenges of ministering in a multi-faith context, developing one’s personal identity as a caregiver, and functioning in an interdisciplinary context with other healthcare professionals. Students will have opportunity to apply their learning to the specific area of healthcare to which they are called.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.

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Director of Veterans & Military Affairs, Healthcare Chaplains, Military Chaplains, Military Counselor, Military Behavioral Health Social Worker, Military Community Ministry Specialist, Military Family Behavioral Health Specialist; Military Healthcare Administative Assistant, Military Healthcare Educator, Military Health IT Lead; Military Health Product Manger, Military Health Program Manager, Military Health Project Manager, Military Health Senior Associate; Military Medical Planner; Military Services Officer; Military Therapist; Therapist, Military Family Health

 

 

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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.

TIER COUNTRIES

100% Tuition

 

$395
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$1185

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$316
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$948

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$237
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$711

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$158
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$474

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.