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Online Undergraduate Certificate in
Veteran & Military Family Healthcare

⚜   Rarely Offered in Christian Universities, Bible Colleges or Seminaries

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Veteran & Military Family Healthcare provides training in the unique aspects of the veteran and military service member population and health care delivery systems. The program enables graduates to become innovative leaders in caring for veteran and military families with the knowledge and skills needed to coordinate care and treatment options and to deal with the physical and psychological issues of war and military service. Because service-related conditions are both visible and invisible, this online program provides a holistic approach that combines instruction from Christian experts in medical theology, military medical chaplaincy, and healthcare chaplaincy. Students learn 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 the 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 Undergraduate Certificate in Veteran & Military Family Healthcare, you gain an understanding of not only the veterans and active military dealing with the consequences 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 Bachelor 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.

Addresses the worldwide experience of suffering through a biblically-informed perspective for the sake of the Church’s mission to a hurting world. Topics addressed in this course will include pastoral care, nursing, healthcare, and healing (both spiritual and physical) as they pertain to disease and disability. Students will be assessed on the readings and lectures through online discussion, case-studies, and service projects.

This course will examine resiliency and vulnerabilities in stressors frequently associated with many service members and veterans. What is it like to be separated from one’s family, to go to war, to kill an enemy combatant, witness trauma, or face moral injury? Where and how service members and veterans can receive care for these issues will be explored in the course.

Life in the military embraces a culture distinct from civilian life to the extent that it has a strong influence over veterans throughout their lifespan. To understand and work with military members, veterans, and their families, one must understand this culture and language. This course will examine the formative and pervasive military culture.

Many returning military members and veterans face cultural, psychological, spiritual, and ethical challenges adjusting back from deployments or to civilian life. Sometimes the veteran and military health care systems can appear overwhelming. This course will examine the mission, structure, and processes of these health care systems.

The US Military and Veterans Administration each have their own process of disability evaluations. These processes are independent of each other and may not be in agreement. An overview of these systems will be explored.

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 also be given an introduction to the various healthcare contexts in which one may serve as a spiritual caregiver.

Optional Additional Courses:

Women have taken an active role in war as political leaders, supporters of the home front, in military support roles, and more recently as direct combatants. Women also have been victimized during war and displaced from their homes and families by aggressive military and domestic elements. This course will examine the changing role of women in the military and how women have been affected by aggression and war.

The role of the advocate supporting military families, including how to identify and relate to military families, develop support groups, and relate to their special needs will be explored.

Leveraging community, governmental, and private resources is a way to enhance military support for military families in an era of constrained resources. Students will learn how to build collaborative relationships with these resources to better understand them, how they work, and how military families can be assisted.

What resources are available to assist the military family advocate? In a time of constrained resources one individual or organization can’t provide for every need military families may face. In this course students will be exposed to the major governmental and private organizations available to assist military advocates and will also explore how to locate and leverage local and regional assets.

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, Military Counselor, Military Behavioral Health Social Worker, 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.


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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.