Honoring Choices Across Cultures: End of Life and Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning

This 3-4-hour, lecture-based course prepares individuals in many disciplines (physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, chaplains, social workers, or others) who provide clinical care or support for patients and their families and will provide practical advice and a useful toolkit to direct discussions about advance care planning and to provide end-of-life care using core values of compassion and cultural humility. It is offered free of charge. 

African male patient talks with his doctor

Patient and doctor consulting in Honoring Choices course


This course enables you to:

  • Recognize the difference between advance care planning and advance directives.
  • Discuss how to apply the LEARN model of patient-centered communication* 
  • Interpret the Healing by Heart cross-cultural framework to assess and compare ethical conflicts between patients, families, and clinicians.
  • Recognize the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility, and the importance of cultural humility when caring for patients and their families.

*The LEARN model was developed at Stanford University and is an effective model of cross cultural communication based on the following core behaviors: Listen, Explain, Acknowledge, Recommend and Negotiate.

Registration Process

If you are a student or practicing provider, please take advantage of this free course. This course is on the Moodle platform, so you'll need to apply for a guest ID in order to participate:

1. Apply for guest ID 

2. Go to the Moodle site and enter this enrollment key: HonoringChoices

In addition to this free course, you are also welcome to attend our monthly Travel and Tropical Medicine Lecture Series events and other U of M Department of Medicine global health educational programming. For providers who are interested in receiving CME/CEU credit, we offer the Online Global Health Course.

As with any of our online course offerings, you will need to install the Microsoft Silverlight plugin on your computer.