Healthcare Chaplaincy – CHPL 681

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course examines a biblical approach to theodicy, suffering and redemption, demonstrating the foundation for evangelical ministry in a healthcare environment. Attention is given to providing Christocentric spiritual care to patients and staff within pluralistic and secular settings.


CHPL 500 and CHPL 598


Chaplains are called and need preparation for the religious training to effectively minister in the healthcare setting. There needs to be an understanding of the cultures they are involved in and how they minster to them in their own faith- and biblically-based tradition while understanding the needs and feelings of the ones they minister with. It is important for chaplains to be able ministers in the healthcare setting to patients, families, and staff presenting the Christ-Centered care as a model and example to the healthcare setting.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a biblical approach to theodicy, suffering, and redemption, demonstrating the foundation for evangelical ministry in a healthcare environment.
  2. Analyze his/her individual history, spiritual development, and vocational experience, and evaluate the impact of their unique background on ministry in a pluralistic healthcare setting.
  3. Appraise his/her own perspective on denominational identity, race, gender, and sexuality and describe how his/her existing perspectives may impact his/her approach to healthcare ministry.
  4. Prepare a ministry verbatim (the primary learning tool of CPE) reflecting on a spiritual care encounter with a patient, family, or staff member, evaluating the care provided during that encounter with a reflective critique.
  5. Prepare a personal care plan for coping with secondary trauma, grief, and loss while ministering in a healthcare setting.
  6. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the Clinical Pastoral Education training process for healthcare chaplains.
  7. Synthesize course material and clinical experiences to construct a personal “Philosophy of Evangelical Healthcare Ministry.”

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 200 words.

Personal Call to Chaplaincy Ministry

The student will write a 2-page essay sharing his/her spiritual journey in which he/she sensed a call from the Lord to serve as a chaplain.

Research Paper

Part 1

The student will provide a research paper topic and preliminary bibliography of 7 sources in current Turabian format under the topic of spirituality in chaplain healthcare.

Part 2

The student will write a 3,600–4,500-word research paper on the topic of spirituality in chaplain healthcare. The paper will be in current Turabian formatting and include 10 scholarly sources.

Philosophy of Healthcare Chaplaincy

The student will write a 1,500–2,100-word personal philosophy of chaplain evangelism paper in proper Turabian formatting. The paper must include 5 scholarly references along with the textbooks and the Bible.

Book Review

The student will write a 1,500–2,000-word book review in current Turabian formatting on a book within the field of healthcare chaplaincy.

Healthcare Chaplaincy Toolbox

The student will write an 800–1,000-word essay describing resources he/she deems necessary for review and reference. Additionally, the student will need to develop a contact roster of local churches.

Verbatim Case Conference

The student will be provided a verbatim by the instructor and will respond to the contents within in a 600–900-word reflection paper and include 3 references.

Essay Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 5 essay questions, and have a 75-minute time limit.