Serious Illness and Supportive Care Minor

Earn a minor in serious illness and supportive care

Are you ready to amplify your abilities in working with patients and their support systems for those navigating critical health challenges? 

While pursuing a minor in serious illness and supportive care, you'll hone your clinical skills and expand your expertise in working with individuals facing critical health challenges. Designed to furnish you with a robust foundation in the medical, psychological, and ethical dimensions of caring for individuals confronting life-threatening conditions, this minor will elevate your grasp of health care, patient outcomes, and the world of patient-centered care. 

Topics range from the origins of serious illness to pain management, palliative care, medical decision-making, and the intricate psychological and social dimensions of patient support. Upon completion of your minor, you'll be equipped with knowledge and skills necessary to provide compassionate, holistic care during individuals' most vulnerable moments.

In three years or fewer, depending on your schedule and courses offered, you can earn this credential. 


  • The minor is open to current students, regardless of major, and can be combined with a bachelor's degree.

Minor requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 12 credits in accordance with the specified curriculum.
  • Earn a grade of C in each course.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 overall grade point average.


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If you want more information about admission to our programs, visit our undergraduate admissions page.