Thanatology (C)

  • Certificate

About this Program

The thanatology certificate is one of the few and best in the United States. The certificate coursework specifically prepares individuals to work with the terminally ill and the bereaved and to provide death education.

Program Overview

Exploring death along the lifespan

Hood’s unique interdisciplinary approach affords a combination of theory, research and practical skills that can be used in a broad range of occupations and organizations. Students examine the interplay among the physical, psychological, interpersonal and spiritual needs of the living and the dying across the lifespan.

Expansion and enrichment

The certificate increases understanding and proficiency for those working in the funeral industry, hospice, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care environments. It appeals to graduate students embarking on new careers and to psychologists, social workers, counselors and teachers who want to expand into this area. Content conforms to Association for Death Education and Counseling benchmarks for certification, a credential that can further validate career professionalism and commitment.


The 12-credit certificate program is for professionals in the thanatology field and those already licensed or certified in human service fields, as well as those looking for personal enrichment. Evening and weekend classes and online formats accommodate working professionals.

Program Contact

Tanith Fowler Corsi

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions


Degrees Offered

  • Certificate

Program Requirements and Course Listings

Students applying to the certificate in thanatology program are required to:

  • Submit the online application (no essay required)
  • Request that a copy of the official transcript be submitted from the institution where the highest degree was conferred
THAN 521/COUN 521Grief and Loss


THAN 523/COUN 523Principles of Thanatology


THAN 528/COUN 528Developmental Perspectives in Thanatology


THAN 529Historical and Multicultural Perspectives in Thanatology


Successful completion of the certificate requires a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00

The Certificate in Thanatology program is designed to conform to the education requirements of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) for those persons interested in becoming certified as thanatologists.

Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
  • Program Director, Master's in Counseling (Clinical and School)
Diane Graves

Diane R. Graves

  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Program Director, Master's in Interdiscipinary Studies in Human Behavior