May 23, 2024  

Master of Divinity Track 2/Master of Public Health Dual Degree MDiv/MPH

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Program Description

Andrews University has establish a collaborative program between the Master of Divinity Degree of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the Department of Publich Health, Nutrition, & Wellness in the School of Health Professions. Students are able to complete two degrees in 4 years; 2 years in the Theological Seminary and 2 years in the Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness. The MDiv is available on Campus while the MPH is available both on campus and online.

Completion of the dual degree requires strict adherence to course sequence and curriculum design as students will travel as a cohort through each program.

Total Credits - 139

MDiv Degree Requirements - 97

Interdisciplinary Courses - 15

Christian Ministry - 19

Discipleship and Religious Education - 8

Church History - 12

New Testament - 15

Old Testament - 15

Theology - 10


The curriculum for the MPH is designed to help prepare students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist Exam (CHES) administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

Studentes will be expected to meet the Seven Areas of Responsiblity of a Health Education Specialist.

  1. Assessing individual and community needs for health education.
  2. Planning effective health education programs.
  3. Implementing health education programs.
  4. Evaluating effectiveness of health education programs.
  5. Coordinating provision for health education services.
  6. Acting as a resource person in health education.
  7. Communicating health and education needs, concerns and resources.

Admission Requirements

Master of Divinity

  1. Baccalaureate Degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  2. Undergraduate GPA: A minimum GPA of 2.50.
  3. Recommendations from the Church board where the applicant is a member; College teacher/advisor, and Church administrator, pastor, or recent employer.
  4. Personal Qualifications: Represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle, and spiritual commitment reflective of the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and show promise of usefulness for ministry through personal maturity and adequate experience in the Church. (Persons of other faiths who are willing to live in harmony with these standards are welcome to apply).

English Language Requirements

Students whose language of education is not English must submit one of the following tests and minimum scores:

TOEFL Paper-based - 565
TOEFL Internet-based - 85 Minimum 20 in each section (reading, listening, speaking, writing)
MELAB - 81
IELTS - 6.5
PTE - 58

Master of Public Health

  1. Baccalaureate Degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  2. Undergraduate GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.00.
  3. Recommendations: Three recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. English Proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.
  7. Corequisites:
  • Biology or Anatomy & Physiology or Physiology course
  • Two nutrition courses

Program Objectives

  1. To prepare students for various forms of ministry in which clinical and administrative skills in public health and theology are needed.
  2. To enable students to integrate both theological and public health knowledge, values and skills into a multifaceted approach to Christian service, thereby enhancing their usefulness as instruments of the Holy Spirit.
  3. To sensitize students to nontraditional ministry opportunities by exposing them to theories and practice skills related to nutrition and wellness, environmental health, and health behaviors.

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