Medicine — M.D. with Religion and Society — M.A.

Program director, Religion and Society, School of Religion

Zane Yi

Program liaison, School of Medicine

Henry H. Lamberton


The faculty for the combined degrees Religion and Society with Medicine Program is drawn from Loma Linda University's Schools of Religion and Medicine.


Students are selected through a competitive process led by the School of Medicine in conjunction with the Religion and Society Program in the School of Religion. Selection is based upon standard admission criteria for the M.A. degree in religion and society minus the GRE since the MCAT includes a critical-thinking component.  Scholarship opportunities are available,  please contact program directors for details.

The program

The program is designed for physicians seeking to serve the church and world in the 21st century and ideal for the medical professional seeking deeper biblical, theological, and philosophical insight, spiritual growth, practical competency, and cultural literacy. The curriculum covers the basic areas of theology, biblical studies, and Christian spirituality, and can also be customized around a particular area of interest.

An M.A. degree in religion and society taken as a stand-alone degree requires 48 units in religion and related courses. However, the M.D./M.A. combined degree student is able to reduce the total units required by sharing units between the two programs in the following manner.

First, Second, & Third Years
Standard M.D. curriculum
Fourth Year
M.A. course work
Courses in M.D. curriculum shared with M.A. curriculum
PRVM 517Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine 14
RELE 704Medicine and Ethics2
RELR 775Whole Person Care2
RELT 707Medicine, Humanity, and God2
or RELT 716 God and Human Suffering
Summer Quarter
RELE 589Biblical Ethics3
Autumn Quarter
RELT 500Biblical Hermeneutics3
RELT 501Religion and Society3
RELT 520Church History3
Winter Quarter
RELT 502Religion and Society3
RELT 558Old Testament Thought3
Spring Quarter
RELG 698Thesis3
RELR 536Spirituality and Everyday Life3
RELE 515Faith and Flourishing3
RELT 559New Testament Thought3
Fifth Year
Standard M.D. fourth-year curriculum
Total Units49