Thanatology is quite simply “the study of death”. Individuals who choose to earn a degree in thanatology are people who want to focus on the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual aspects and mechanisms surrounding individuals who are dying and transitioning to the next life. Thanatologists offer insightful assistance and care and often are equipped with a plethora of rituals to assist people during these times. They are actively engaged with those people who have left a mainstream church and yet still need a facilitator or companion during this challenging time in their life or loved one’s life.
Thanatology Program Learning Outcomes:
Student will demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with:
- The current state of knowledge regarding Thanatology, including philosophy, principles, and legal
and ethical responsibilities of providers.
- Various settings in which Thanatology can be integrated into practice and the unique needs of
individuals and families in those settings.
- Introductory use application of research methods.
- The design and implementation of educational practices relating to death, the dying process,
end–of–life decision making and bereavement.
- Communication and networking for personal and professional growth, collaboration, leadership,
and change management.
Doctor of Theology in Thanatology (DTH-TH) – 69 Credits