Medicine — M.D. with Religion and Society — M.A.
Program director, Religion and Society, School of Religion
Program liaison, School of Medicine
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 involving both the School of Medicine and 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
|Courses in M.D. curriculum shared with M.A. curriculum|
|RELR 704||Orientation to Christian Physician Formation||2|
|RELE 708||Medicine and Ethics||1|
|RELE 714||Advanced Medical Ethics||2|
|RELT 716||God and Human Suffering||2|
|RELT 707||Medicine, Humanity, and God 1||2|
|or RELT 740||World Religions and Human Health|
|MCPF 710||Christian Physician Formation||3|
|RELG 510||Christian Service||1|
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society||3|
|RELT 699||Directed Study||1|
|RELT 500||Biblical Hermeneutics||3|
|RELT 501||Religion and Society||3|
|RELT 520||Church History||3|
|RELE 589||Biblical Ethics||3|
|RELT 508||Contemporary Christian Theology||3|
|RELT 558||Old Testament Thought||3|
|RELE 515||Faith and Flourishing||3|
|RELT 559||New Testament Thought||3|
Standard M.D. fourth-year curriculum
Other 700-level School of Religion courses may also be used