Integration

The program intends to increase understanding of the intersection of religion, spirituality and health, and advance innovative models of public health and patient care.  Thus, a core aim of the program is to normalize the academic pursuit of this understanding within the realms of public health, medicine, and theology in order that it become part of the gold-standard of on-going research and education. The program aims to raise the level of expectation so that high quality research by default includes religious and spiritual variables as a key domain of healthcare research. The program also aims to bring attention to patients' spiritual needs within the medical context by providing a strong evidence base for spiritual care and integrating medical professional training in spiritual care as an essential component of healthcare. Additionally, the program aims to build religious community partnership toward an integrated understanding of persons founded upon the scholarly interface of the healthcare and theological disciplines. The voices of religious communities are rarely heard in the academic realm of public health and medicine.  The program aims to build bridges that reintegrate these communities as key partners in the social responsibility to uphold health and care for the sick.