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Core Health Courses

for MTS in Healthcare & Parish Nursing

Five courses at 3-credit units per course + 1-credit research course + 5-credit thesis for a total of 18 credit units. The full MTS program is described here:

1. Health & healing in the Bible (3 cr)

  • Introduction to health & healing in the Bible
  • Survey of Old Testament scriptures related to health and healing
  • Survey of New Testament scriptures related to health and healing
  • The Theology and hermeneutics of health and healing in scripture
  • The healthcare system in the Bible
  • A Holistic approach to health & healing
  • Health and culture (healing as inculturation)

2. Health care practice within faith communities (3 cr)

  • The healthcare system: foundations, role, and critical appraisal
  • Health care ethics
  • Health inequalities and health inequities
  • Parish nursing
    • History of parish nursing
    • The role of the parish nurse
    • Models of parish nursing
    • Parish nursing practice
  • Faith-based Healthcare institutions
    • Types of institutions & roles
    • Health services provision
    • The case of LutherCare Communities, Good Samaritan Society, etc.
  • Spiritual care provision & Chaplaincy services within and outside faith communities

3. Faith community health issues (3 cr)

  • Aging and health
  • Mental health
  • Aboriginal health
  • Minority health
  • Bowen Theory (Family systems theory)
  • Implications of global health issues on faith communities
  • Chronic & infectious diseases
  • Introduction to health research

4. Research methods (1 cr)

  • Qualitative & quantitative research
  • Mixed methods
  • Faith/religion and health/medicine research
    • Current state of research
    • Opportunities and Challenges
    • Future directions of research on faith and health

5. Health promotion within faith communities (3 cr)

  • Determinants of health
  • Principles of prevention
  • Models of health promotion
  • Health education & communication
  • Social support as strength of faith communities: research and theory
  • Health policy & Health advocacy
  • Congregational health care ministry: stages of care
  • The role of faith communities in health promotion

Thesis (5 cr)

Thesis topic on an issue of importance bringing together faith and health or church institutions and the healthcare system.

For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Ali Tote