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Dying and Death in Contemporary Society: Implications for Intervention

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HSM 3040

Delivery Method
Fully online
Tuition | Fees

About This Course

This course provides basic background information on concepts, attitudes, ethics, and lifestyle management related to dying, death, grief, and bereavement. The emphasis is on preparing teachers, community health professionals, and other helping professionals for educational activities in this area. This is an online version of a course that has been taught for more than thirty years at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus.

Sample textbook: Corr, C. Corr, D. and Doka, K. (2019). Death & dying, life and living, 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomas Wadworth.

Sample course topics: Death across cultures, introduction to grief, complicated grief, professional grief, death for young and middle aged adults, coping with dying, funeralization, ethical issues, suicide, and death education. 


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Ellen Koski

Master of Public Health; and BA, Spanish, University of Minnesota

Ellen is employed as the executive director of the Fox Valley Advance Care Planning Partnership in Appleton, WI. The Partnership is made up of local health care systems and the community, working together to make advance care planning and conversations an integral part of living, with the ultimate goal of improving end-of-life care for all. In her free time, Ellen enjoys gardening and hiking local trails with her husband and kids.

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