The TMC Initiative seeks the renewal of health care by bringing in-depth theological formation to the church’s health care practitioners. TMC creates opportunities for students, clergy, and health care practitioners to reimagine and to re-engage contemporary practices of health care in light of Christian tradition and the practices of Christian communities. We do this through formational programs, fellowship, public events and lectures, and a growing network of Christian health care workers. 

Our Core Formational Programs

TMC offers both residential and hybrid online formational programs at Duke Divinity School. These programs are open to current and future students in any of the health professions, as well as practicing clinicians and health care administrators.
TMC Fellowship
Our residential fellowship program is aimed at current and future practitioners in any of the health professions, as well as those whose vocations involve full-time work in health-related contexts. The fellowship can be completed in 1 year (by completing the Certificate in Theology and Health Care (R-CTHC) or in 2 years (by completing the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.).
Hybrid Online Certificate
Our hybrid online programs are aimed at clinicians and others whose vocations involve full-time work in health-related contexts (including public health workers, hospital administrators, therapists, and counselors). Our hybrid online program can be completed in 1 year, through the Certificate in Theology and Health Care (H-CTHC). In this flexible hybrid format, students come together for two separate weeks in person at Duke University and then join for eight months of online learning.
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“I have experienced the TMC fellowship as a precious and undeserved gift. Even as an undergraduate student, I longed to connect my interest in becoming a physician and my christian faith. I was thrilled to come to Duke as a TMC fellow between my second and third years of medical school. Before, I felt as if I was pursuing these questions alone. Now I have a community of friends pursuing them alongside me.”

Other TMC Programs

We offer formational programs for students in select Duke School of Medicine doctoral programs, as well as programs for students enrolled in Duke Divinity School degree programs.
Dual Degrees & Programs
Our dual degrees and programs with the Duke School of Medicine include 1-year and 2-year options with the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program; and an option that integrates with the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.) 3-year program.
Degree-Based Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture
The Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture (TMC) combines scholarship and coursework with practical experience and community engagement. It can be earned within the M.Div. (hybrid and residential), M.T.S., Th.M., and M.A. degree programs.

About TMC

Learn more about the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative from our faculty, staff, and alumni.

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Upcoming Events

Join us for lectures, workshops, conferences, and more.
Thu, Feb 29, 2024 | 12 - 1pm | Trent Semans Center for Health Education (TSCHE) 4067

The Heart of Healing: Spirituality, Religion & Patient Care

Join the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative for a lunch discussion with medical ethicist Dr. Daniel Sulmasy.

Fri, Mar 1, 2024 | 12 - 1pm | Zoom

Whose Body is This?: A Theological Anthropology for the Care of the Sick and Dying

This virtual seminar is part of a semi-monthly series exploring themes at the intersections of theology, medicine, and culture.

Tue, Mar 5, 2024 | 5 - 6:15pm | 0012 Westbrook | Duke Divinity School

Terror & Tenderness: Reckoning with Trauma in Faith-Based Activism

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes will offer the second of three Trauma-Informed Care workshops, “Terror & Tenderness: Reckoning with Trauma in Faith-Based Activism,” on Tuesday, March 5.

News & Features

TMC Affiliate Faculty and Hybrid CTHC Alumni Create “The Project on the Good Surgeon” for Surgical Residents
December 11, 2023
Certificate in Theology and Healthcare helps students think more critically about finding meaning in work and being able to empathetically connect with and understand patients of all kinds of traditions and backgrounds.
Studying The Patient Experience as a Medical Student and TMC Fellow
September 13, 2023
TMC fellows center the patient experience and find a role for theology in the practice of medicine.
Alumni Profile: Mari Lowe at Christ House in Washington, D.C.
September 1, 2023
Mari Lowe, CTCH '23, has long felt what she calls “a multi-vocational call to be a nurse, a nurse practitioner, and to offer pastoral care.”

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