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.

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

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.