Humanization in Healthcare

Program Presentation

The "Associate degree in Health Humanization" organized by the Ibero-American University Foundation, the Madrid Center for Health Humanization and the Institute of Bioethics at the Finis Terrae University, seeks to implement educational methodologies aimed at reaffirming institutional processes in the public sector, through the training of health care providers. The overall aim is to improve the rates of quality care at the consumer´s level.

To be successful, it is crucial to work with everyday key players within a clinical setting, treating the patient/consumer as a unique person, so that they may participate -according to their ability and maturity- in the decisions pertaining to applicable medical treatments in an atmosphere of respect, esteem and shared responsibility.

Who is the programme for?

This program is designed those who have an intermediate level education, technicians, and professionals interested in learning more about the field of the Humanization of Healthcare.


Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Humanization in Healthcare.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated duration for completion of the Associate degree in Health Humanization is 6 months.

Regarding the distribution of time it is established that:

  • Being a distance program and not subject to classes, a concrete start date is not set, so students may enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
  • For academic reasons the program has a minimum duration of four months.
  • The maximum time available for the program is six months. In this time period, the student must have successfully passed all assignments corresponding to the program.

The credit structure of the Diploma in Humanization of Healthcare is shown in the following table:

Subjects 8 4 80
Final Exam 1 1 10
Final Project 1 1 10
TOTAL 10 6 100

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that awards the degree.
b. Length in months


General Objective:

  • To guide and strengthen “reflection-action” healthcare, based on the individual patient, consumer and borrower of health services, thereby contributing to the ongoing process of training in hospital and clinical settings, promoting the culture of life in a positive sense.

Specific Objectives:

  • To open new horizons for the development and personal growth in the cognitive, affective and behavioral dimensions.
  • To know, understand and assimilate anthropological bases that support the human being and humanization in the world of health.
  • To know and understand the relationship model of aid as inspired by humanistic psychology.
  • To relate, understand and assimilate the integration between the advances in biotechnology and the ethics of responsibility.
  • To recognize and promote the specifics of family relationships in accompanying a patient during the life cycle, and particularly, in the final stages of life.
  • To recognize and integrate the vocation of the healthcare team that contemplates supporting the family in the grieving process.
  • To optimize healthcare performance through the implementation of effective processes of Leadership and Management in the clinical hospital setting.
  • To detect the existing relationship and practical integration that exists among basic humanizing care, participants in the healthcare process, and the Units of Spiritual Accompaniment.

Career Opportunities

The multidisciplinary nature of the program allows for different career paths. The three main groups suggested are:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Professional field consulting

Study Plan

The program consists of 3 parts: 4 subjects, 1 final exam and 1 final project:

1st Part: Subjects Fundamentals of humanization and dehumanization in the world of health 2 1 20
The relationship of aiding 2 1 20
Mourning 2 1 20
Health Management Tools 2 1 20
2nd Part Final Exam 1 1 10
3rd Part Final Project 1 1 10
TOTAL   10 6 100

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that awards the degree.
b. Duration in months.

Upon approval of coursework, final exam and the FP, the student will obtain the certificate of: ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN HUMANIZATION OF HEALTHCARE.

The Diplomas will be awarded by the Finis Terrae University (Chile) under the sponsorship of the Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER).

  • 1st Part: Subjects.

There are 4 subjects, each of which includes discussion exercises, self-assessment and a closed question review.

The objective of this first part is to acquire the necessary knowledge about the humanization of healthcare to achieve personal growth in the cognitive, affective and behavioral dimensions that reveal, understand and assimilate the bases that support human beings and humanization in the world of healthcare.

1 Research methods 20
2 The relationship of aiding 20
3 Mourning 20
4 Health Management Tools 20
  TOTAL 80
  • 2nd Part: Final Exam.

The final exam consists of a series of closed questions that test the course material from 4 subjects of the program.

1 Final Exam 10
  • 3rd Part: Final Course Work.

The last part of the Associate degree is made up of of the Final Project. The purpose of FP is so that the student can develop a research project applied to any area of personal interest within the field of study of the program. The project should build on the teaching material provided making a contribution to the field.

1 Final Course Work 10


General Academic Administration

  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Platform. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja (CIBIR). Spain

General Area Coordination

  • Dr. (c) Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. Academic Coordinator of the Health and Nutrition Area in FUNIBER.

Academic Program Administration

  • Cristina Muñoz Alustiza. Responsible for the Training Department of the Health Humanization Center.

Academic Program Coordination

  •  Dr. (c) Vivian Lipari Zegarra. Doctoral Candidate. Master in Public Health from the University of Chile.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Roberto Andorno. Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer. Institute of Biomedical Ethics. University of Zurich. Switzerland.
  • Dr. Nicolás Jouve de la Barreda. Professor. Department of Cellular Biology and Genetics. University of Alcalá de Henares. Spain.
  • Dr. Martha Tarasco Michel, MD. Researcher. Faculty of Bioethics. University of Anahuac. Mexico.
  • Dr. Marta Albert Márquez. Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. University of Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid. Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Platform for Bioethics Research. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Raez, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. University of Miami. Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. USA.
  • Dr. Jean Laffitte. Pontificia Università Lateranense. Italy.
  • Dr. Jacques Saudeau, MD. Scientific Section Director. Pontifical Academy for Life. Italy.
  • Dr. Gaetano Torlone. Medicine Facoltà di e de Chirurgia Plastica. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Italy
  • Dr. Elio Sgreccia. Centro di Bioethics. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Italy.
  • Dr. Alfredo Martínez Ramírez. Principle Researcher. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain.
  • Blanca Bartolomé, MD. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain
  • Dr. Carlos A. Gómez Fajardo. Professor of Bioethics. Faculty of Medicine. Bolivian Pontifical University, Colombia. Faculty of Medicine. University of Sabana. Colombia.
  • Dr. Carlos Beltramo.Faculty of Education. University of Navarra. Spain
  • Dr. José Carlos Bermejo. Specialist in health humanization, in mourning and bioethics, Master Director in Counseling, a Postgraduate Course in Mourning, Humanization, in Management and Pastoral Care of the Health. Professor of the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Catholic University of Portugal and Rome, Author of numerous books and articles in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
  • Dr (c). Cesar Moreno. Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. University of Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid. Spain.
  • Dr (c). Jorge Olaechea. Faculty of Philosophy. Pontificia Università Lateranense. Italy
  • Dr (c). Montserrat San Martín. Faculty of Sciences, studies in agri-foods and informatics. University of La Rioja. Spain
  • Dr.(c) Vivian Lipari Zegarra. Doctoral Candidate. Master in Public Health from the University of Chile.
  • Ms. Marcela Salazar González.University Nurse. Master in Education with Honorable Mention in educational informatics. Associate Degree in Health Humanization. Clinical Coordinator in the Medical School of the Finis Terrae University. Professor at the Bioethical Institute Finis Terrae University.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.