The program in Religion and Health provides 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 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:
- 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 the health of persons and communities from various religious and spiritual traditions
- 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.
Students currently enrolled in a master’s degree program at Candler School of Theology, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Rollins School of Public Health may take courses in this program. Theology and public health students may pursue a certificate in Religion and Health. There is a concentration in Religion, Science, and Health also available to theology students. In consultation with an advisor, a student should enroll in the certificate by filling out an enrollment form at the time designated by their school. Rollins School of Public Health coordinator is Dr. Mimi Kiser (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Candler School of Theology coordinator is Dr. Emmanuel Lartey (email@example.com). It is also possible for students to design their own program to meet the requirements of the certificate, but only in consultation with their school’s coordinator.
Areas of Emphasis
There are two areas of emphasis from which students can choose to assist them in focusing their area of study and course elective selection.
- Community and Congregational Health Ministries focuses on the personal and communal aspects of health care and health promotion. This includes areas such as health ministries, parish nursing, and health education.
- Faith and the Health of the Public focuses on the intersection of communal and social aspects of health. This includes social policy, health disparity and equity, and epidemiology.