Course Description

This online course introduces students to pediatric palliative care and hospice services in hospital and community settings. It identifies the broad spectrum of palliative care and hospice care, explains multidisciplinary team members’ roles working with chronically and terminally ill children, and gives examples of pediatric palliative care and hospice program frameworks. Students are provided with opportunities to learn about the different components of this holistic approach to care, including pain and symptom management, communication techniques, health education, child life services, integrative therapies, spiritual care, and bereavement support. The course focuses on the needs of pediatric palliative care and hospice patients and families, child life assessment tools, and psychosocial strategies for providing optimal care to the patients, siblings, and caregivers. Students learn to determine what resources are applicable for their programs, evaluate training necessary for participating clinicians, and adapt palliative care and hospice services to different global settings. In addition, students identify methods of professional self-care and learn about bioethics.

Course Outline

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define pediatric palliative care, including types of care, multidisciplinary teams, and the child life role
  • Apply child development theories and research findings to clinicians' provisions of pediatric palliative care
  • Reflect upon students' own personal goals and wishes in order to gain perspective of the patients and families with whom they will work
  • Utilize child life services to support infants, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic and terminal conditions




Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Sep 25, 2024 to Dec 02, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $650.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

This course is offered as an interactive online course.

Students are required to purchase the following textbook prior to the first class meeting:

  • Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice course this fall will be: Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care (2nd edition) by Joanne Wolfe, Pamela Hinds, and Barbara Sourkes.  Oxford University Press. 2022.

Important Notes:  All courses are 4 units and offered in an interactive online asynchronous format. Students are required to complete weekly assignments through Canvas. 

After the 7th day of class, no late enrollments will be accepted (10/02/2024). 

No refunds after 10/06/2024

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