Why This Program?

The Certificate in Theology and Health Care (CTHC) is a one-year course of study designed to equip Christian health care practitioners with the training to engage their work with theological clarity and spiritual joy. The certificate combines foundational courses in Christian scripture, theology, and church history with courses designed specifically for clinicians (trainees or practitioners of medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, and other health care professionals) who seek theological formation and further confidence engaging questions of suffering, illness, and the place of health care in a faithful life.

The CTHC can be completed either in-residence (Residential CTHC) or in a flexible hybrid format (Hybrid CTHC) combining two separate weeks at Duke Divinity School (one in August and one in January) and eight months of distance learning with scheduled online classes (using Zoom) and some self-paced learning. Both the residential and flexible hybrid are full-time programs.

Those seeking to complete the Residential CTHC are eligible to apply for the one-year track of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture (TMC) Fellowship, which offers successful applicants partial tuition support. To date, those how have successfully completed the Residential CTHC as TMC Fellows have been students taking a gap year either before or during medical school, mid-career clinicians, public health professionals, and Christian nonprofit leaders.

Program Overview


The course curriculum involves three primary components: 1) Cultivating Christian Imagination, a two-semester course that combines scripture, history, and theology in a sweeping tour of Christian tradition and the practices of Christian communities; 2) Health Care in Theological Context, a two-semester course on the intersection of theology and medicine; and 3) Spiritual Formation and Vocation in Health Care, a two-semester course that combines best practices of academic study, spiritual direction, and professional coaching, as students discern what faithful practices look like in their own contexts. Students completing the Residential CTHC are eligible to take up to two additional courses of interest from other areas of the Divinity School.

Certificate Description and Requirements (pdf)

Graduation Requirements

The Certificate is normally completed in one academic year. Requirements for graduation are:

  • Six courses completed normally in one academic year. Once the program begins, the maximum amount of time to complete it is three 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.)
    • $17,200  for tuition and fees (Hybrid CTHC students)
      $21,000 for tuition and fees (Residential CTHC students)
    • $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 support for those who complete the Residential CTHC  as TMC Fellows is 50% of tuition costs. 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.

Hybrid CTHC students normally receive scholarship support cover 25% of tuition costs and are also eligible for federal financial aid in the form of loans.


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.