Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies


In concert with the Center for Hospice, Palliative and End of Life Care Studies at the University of South Florida the mission of this certificate is to optimize care and systems of care for patients and families faced with advanced non-curable diseases. This will be achieved by generating new knowledge through interdisciplinary research and using that knowledge to educate health and human services professionals, and influence public policy supporting quality end of life care. While this certificate is housed in the College of Nursing and the Department of Gerontology, the certificate is open to all graduate students and health care professionals working in the area of hospice and palliative care. All faculty who teach the certificate courses are affiliated with the Center and represent many different colleges and departments at USF, such as Nursing, Public Health, Aging Studies, Geriatric Medicine, Psychiatry and Social Work. Guest lectures are provided by expert clinicians in the field from agencies such as LifePath Hospice and The Hospice of Florida SunCoast. It should be noted that this certificate does not imply certification of clinical competency.

Course Location/Delivery

This program is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


12 credit hours


3 elective courses selected from the list below.

Other courses available on campus may be taken with permission of the academic advisors. Advising will be provided by Dr. Susan McMillan (Nursing) and Dr. William Haley (Gerontology).

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Susan McMillan (NR)
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Cathy McEvoy (BC)
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Jessica Wall
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Graduate Certificate
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