Medicine — M.D. with Religion and Society — M.A.
Program director, Religion and Society, School of Religion
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 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
M.A. course work
|Courses in M.D. curriculum shared with M.A. curriculum|
|PRVM 517||Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine 1||4|
|RELE 704||Medicine and Ethics||2|
|RELR 775||Whole Person Care||2|
|RELT 707||Medicine, Humanity, and God||2|
|or RELT 716||God and Human Suffering|
|RELE 589||Biblical Ethics||3|
|RELT 500||Biblical Hermeneutics||3|
|RELT 501||Religion and Society||3|
|RELT 520||Church History||3|
|RELT 502||Religion and Society||3|
|RELT 558||Old Testament Thought||3|
|RELR 536||Spirituality and Everyday Life||3|
|RELE 515||Faith and Flourishing||3|
|RELT 559||New Testament Thought||3|
Standard M.D. fourth-year curriculum
Requires submission of additional integration paper.