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Religion and Public Health in Partnership in the Ebola Crisis – Emory University

Dave Robinson, Senior Advisor Operations/ Faith & Development at World Vision International, served on the front lines of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, particularly within the multi-faith sector’s humanitarian response.  His lecture at Emory illustrated the ways in which Muslims and Christians worked together to provide a protocol for dignified burial practices for families affected by loss that were also clinically safe and prevented the spread of the virus. Click here to find a video of his lecture, as well as several in-depth reports and articles about this faith response.


Our work:

Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health – book

Religion and Public Health at Emory

Religion and Public Health Bibliography

MDiv/MPH and MTS/MPH Dual-degree Program

University Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Religion and Health


US Sikhs launch ad campaign that looks to push back on hateAssociated Press, April 12, 2017

Sikhs in the United States are launching a million-dollar awareness campaign that aims to stop hate-fueled attacks by explaining more about who they are and what they believe.

The “We are Sikhs” campaign was years in the making, funded by Sikh leaders and their families across a dozen cities, who have been swept up in anti-Muslim sentiment since the Sept. 11 attacks. Their beards and turbans — symbols of equality in a religion that opposes India’s caste system — make American Sikhs easy targets for the angry and uninformed.  read more…

Fall 2017



August 23 – Classes begin

October 9-10 – Fall break

November 4-8 – APHA annual meeting

November 18-21 – American Academy of Religion annual meeting

December 9 – Classes end


Faith and health: Who suffers most when TV goes low on religion? HuffPost, April 11, 2017

“…what is the impact of the public trashing of religion on the lives of the great majority of Americans who profess a belief in God?

New research exploring the relation between mental health and negative media portrayals of religion reveals some surprising findings.

Religious individuals who were relatively less invested in their faith in terms of worship, prayer and scripture reading were the most likely to have greater mental health problems in response to media images that challenged their beliefs.”    read more…

Key events at Emory

Fear, Death, Faith, and Trust: Muslims and Christians Fighting Ebola Together in Sierra Leone – Lecture by Dave Robinson, World Vision International

Religion and AIDS in Africa – Lecture by Jenny Trinitapoli, PhD





Panel says rape culture can be curbed by open dialogue about sex The Baylor Lariat, Waco, TX, April 27, 2017

“A panel of faculty from the religion, public health and sociology departments hosted a discussion about how people relate to sex as the concluding part of a series about sexual assault and rape culture Thursday evening in the Baylor Sciences Building.

Dr. Beth Lanning, associate professor and director of the public health undergraduate program, advocates strongly for parents to initiate discussions about sex with their children.  “It’s not a one-time deal. It’s something you should start from birth,” Lanning said.”  read more…

Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS, with members of the Interfaith Health Program and Religion and Public Health Collaborative
From the Religion News Service:

To see how religion boosts public health, watch ‘Call the Midwife’ (COMMENTARY)

Ellen Idler | April 13, 2016 |


(RNS) I was thrilled to hear that PBS’ “Call the Midwife” has started a new season in the U.S., especially since a British friend had sworn to me that no more episodes were being produced. Back we can go to those breath-holding glimpses of transcendence, for the next eight Sunday nights. In the first new episode, the familiar voice of Vanessa Redgrave tells us that it is now 1961, when “science was all-powerful and all medicine was good.”

Through many small stories of births, this series tells a larger story about religion and health. The first two seasons were based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, one of the original nurse-midwives sent by the brand-new, publicly funded National Health Service to “Nonnatus House,” the fictional name for a real Anglican order of sisters who were also skilled midwives.

The most notable change from previous seasons seems to be that births are taking place in the clinic, not at home.  read more…



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