Healthcare Missionary Certificate (clinician and non-clinician options)

A certification as a Healthcare Missionary prepares the individual to care for and lead a mission initiative to care for patients in underdeveloped and developing regions of the world, usually through coordination and collaboration with religious groups or churches, non-profit organizations and humanitarian groups.


Healthcare missionaries provide much needed basic healthcare in areas of the world that may not have access to medical technology or necessary resources such as antibiotics, vaccines or even clean drinking water. In addition to providing healthcare services, healthcare missionaries also provide spiritual care for their patients.

This 15 credit hour certificate program is open to clinicians or non-clinicians who wish to learn more about serving on, and leading medical missions (courses are cross-listed for the option to apply credits toward a degree if desired)


To complete the requirements for this certificate, students can choose any courses in the areas of clinical ministry, leadership, and/or organizational behavior/management, from the curriculum.  This flexibility allows a focus in coursework in the focus area(s) they desire.


CERT011/NRSG 311 Ministry in Healthcare (3):

This course will focus on health promotion across the lifespan utilizing epidemiological principles with a uniquely spiritual perspective. Students will identify interventions to support health promotion for individuals, families and/or selected age groups through the lens of faith-based care.



CERT012/NRSG 321 Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing/Missions Leadership (4):

This course is designed to develop the leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a healthcare missionary with a theological perspective. This course explores the complex internal and external forces that affect the delivery of care. 


CERT013/NRSG 411 Holistic Care (3):

This course is a concept synthesis course in which students use nursing concepts previously introduced and apply them to vulnerable and at-risk populations in a variety of clinical and community settings

CERT015/BSHM 311: Essentials of Healthcare Business/Missions Management (3 credits)

This course addresses important concepts needed to effectively lead and manage a mission trip. Topics include preparing for the trip, as well as managing logistics during and after. The course incorporates various types of graphical charts in operations management, managing innovation, and developing strategies for working with individuals and groups.


CERT016/BSHM 321: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)

Organizational Behavior explores how to lead and manage effectively in diverse environments. The course requires students to demonstrate the ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.


CERT017/BSHM 411: Healthcare Missions/Financial Management (3 credits)

Healthcare Financial Management provides an opportunity to apply strategic change management principles through the application of fiscal management and data analysis in a healthcare/missions environment. This course will examine strategies to increase value and sustainability. This course has no prerequisites.

CERT014/HCM 413 Healthcare Mission (4):

This course is designed to apply leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a healthcare missionary in an experience through a 10-day, US or international mission trip (or comparable experience). The focus of this course is advocacy and critical assessment and evaluation of needs on the personal, client, community, and global levels.

(^Passport and international travel may be required).