Religion & Public Health

Those who wish to improve the spiritual health and physical well-being of populations should consider the joint-degree program offered by Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Public Health. In this program students have the opportunity to do cutting-edge research on many of today’s most pressing public health questions in conjunction with their investigations into the theological dimensions of ancient and modern thought. Doing so affords students the ability to engage with complex public health problems, be they present in a nation or congregation, while cultivating an awareness of the spiritual realities of the world and its people. Depending on the character of their vocations, students may choose to apply for joint-degree programs in either Master of Divinity/Master of Public Health or Master of Arts in Religion/Master of Public Health.

Students are required to apply simultaneously to both schools and indicate on the application that they are applying to the joint degree program.  Admissions decisions are made independently by each school.

If you wish to learn more about this exciting program, please email the Admissions Office at, or Mary Keefe, the YPH Director of Admissions, at