The dual degree and the certificate programs in Religion and Health provide an opportunity for the interdisciplinary study of the intersections of health and religions. Perspectives from a variety of disciplines in the health sciences and the social sciences, particularly those in nursing and public health are brought into dialogue with those from theology and religion to assist students in developing theories and practices about personal, communal, institutional, and social dimensions of health. An interdisciplinary perspective will provide students with resources to analyze 1) the way in which faith, understood as constituted by a set of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices, may contribute to the promotion or inhibition of health of persons and communities from various religious and spiritual traditions, and 2) the way in which religion, health, and their respective structures impact persons, communities and larger systems and influence public policy and institutional practices.
Students will be strongly encouraged to use the wider resources of the university in the course of their studies. This program will be inclusive and respective of the religious and faith traditions of all students and the cultural contexts of their professional practices.