The certificate is typically completed in one year of full-time study and formation at Duke Divinity School. Admission to the program is by application and is not available to students currently enrolled in a degree program of the Divinity School. The program was developed for individuals with vocations in health care (e.g., trainees or practitioners of medicine, nursing, and other health care professions) who seek theological formation and further confidence engaging questions of suffering, illness, and the place of health care in a faithful life.
The Certificate in Theology and Health Care aims to equip Christian health care practitioners with the training to embrace that calling and live into it with theological clarity and spiritual joy. This fully accredited one-year course of study focuses on combining foundational courses in Christian theology, scripture, and church history with courses engaging the practical issues that health care practitioners encounter in contemporary culture.
Students pursuing in the Certificate in Theology and Health Care will take a minimum of six classes:
a) Two core introductory survey courses focused on scripture, Christian theology, and Church history.
b) Two core courses focused on the relation of Christian tradition to suffering, illness, and disability, as well as to the institutions and practices of health care and bioethics.
Fall Semester: The Healing Arts: Suffering, Illness, and the Witness of the Church (XTIANETH 761)
Spring Semester: Theological Bioethics (XTIANETH 807)
c) One elective course approved and listed by the registrar as satisfying the area requirement for the Certificate in Theology and Health Care.
d) At least one additional course (to reach a minimum of 6 course credits) according to vocation and interests.
Students in the certificate program are encouraged to pursue additional education and service opportunities through participation in church and community based practicums.