Thanatology Certificate

Program Goals Statement

This certificate focuses on the scientific study of death and the practices associated with it, including the study of the needs of the terminally ill and their families. This certificate will allow you to gain expertise in the field of Thanatology while providing hands-on experience in the community to enhance classroom learning.

Program Information

This certificate program prepares students to meet the ever-increasing needs for support to individuals, families, and community during times of loss and crisis. Offered with face to face, hybrid, and fully online classes, students in a wide variety of majors at Bristol (Criminal Justice, Education, Human Services, Social Sciences, Health Sciences) who want to incorporate required courses will gain knowledge and incorporate those skills in many areas in their majors with courses of interest.

After Bristol

Students are prepared to seek employment in various care giving and service professions as education, nursing, criminal justice, human services, pastoral ministry, and funeral service, senior agencies, retirement communities, health care facilities, home- and adult-care programs, hospice organizations, and the myriad entrepreneur possibilities that respond to senior needs and interests.

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Academic Area

Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Degree Offered

Certificate of Achievement in Thanatology

Program Code


Program Contact

Heidi Martins
Program Coordinator

Patricia Sherblom
Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education

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