Why This Program?

The Certificate in Theology and Health Care (THC) is a one-year course of study designed to equip Christian health care practitioners with the training to embrace that calling and live into it with theological clarity and spiritual joy. The certificate combines foundational courses in Christian theology, scripture, and church history with courses engaging the practical issues that health care practitioners encounter in contemporary culture. 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 Fellowship in Theology, Medicine, and Culture

Scholarship Support for Theological Study

Certificate applicants are welcomed to apply for the Fellowship in Theology, Medicine, and Culture. The fellowship is open to students and practitioners in any of the health professions, as well as to others whose vocations and aspirations involve full-time work in health-related contexts. It offers scholarship support for theological study and formation at Duke Divinity School. 

Program Overview


The THC Certificate is structured to provide robust theological and practical engagement with contemporary practices in medicine and health care in order to allow participants to reengage their vocations with clarity, faith, and joy. The certificate requires six courses total: four core courses, two of which build a foundation in Scripture, Christian theology, and church history; and two that study the relation of Christian tradition to suffering, illness, and disability, as well as to the institutions and practices of health care and bioethics. There are also two electives—students may pick a course designated as a TMC area requirement and one additional elective, allowing students to engage with courses of interest from other areas of the Divinity School.

In addition to coursework, the certificate also allows students to pursue additional service opportunities through participation in local ministry involved in health and health care-based practicums. These extracurricular opportunities allow students to have hands-on experience applying what they are learning in the classroom in the local community. 

Certificate Description and Requirements (pdf)

Graduation Requirements

The Certificate is normally completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Requirements for graduation are:

  • Six courses completed in no less than three academic years.
  • The maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
Gainful Employment Disclosure
  • Program Length: 32 weeks
  • Students graduating on time N/A* of Title IV students complete the program within 32 weeks (*Fewer than 10 students enrolled in this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.)
  • Program Costs (The amounts shown below include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.)
    • $25,530 for tuition and fees
    • $1,240 for books and supplies
    • Other Costs: Visit website for more program cost information
  • Students Borrowing Money
    • The typical graduate leaves with N/A* in debt (*Fewer than 10 students completed this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.)
    • The typical monthly loan payment N/A* per month in student loans with an interest rate of N/A*. (*Fewer than 10 students completed this program. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.)
  • Graduates who got jobs N/A* of program graduates got jobs. (*We are not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.)
  • Program graduates are employed in the following fields:
    • ​Medical Doctors
    • Registered Nurses
    • Hospital Administrators
    • Chaplains
  • Additional Information: Date Created 10/30/2018

These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education.

Affording Duke

An education from Duke Divinity School is worth your investment, and you do not have to figure out the finances alone.

Typical fellowship support is usually $10,000 toward the THC Certificate. That, as well as federal financial aid in the form of work study and loans, make it possible for students to afford Duke Divinity. FAFSA should be completed for external aid. More information can be found in our Financial Aid section.


We’re available to answer any questions you might have. Please contact us at admissions@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3436. The resources below will also help you learn more about our programs.