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Wake Forest Divinity School launches new academic programs for 2008

May 16, 2008

Wake Forest University will begin two new interdisciplinary academic programs at the Divinity School in 2008.  The Master of Divinity/Juris Doctor (MDIV/JD) program will be offered for the first time beginning in the fall of 2008.  The Certificate in Spirituality and Health will begin in the summer of 2008.  These programs are the first interdisciplinary, academic collaborations between the School of Divinity, the School of Medicine and the School of Law at Wake Forest.

"These programs help us extend cross-disciplinary education for students in the schools of Law, Divinity and Medicine, creating new opportunities for bringing together students and faculty from different fields of study,”said Bill Leonard, dean of the Divinity School.  “It also represents a multi-school response to the strategic planning goals of the University.”

The dual degree program, Master of Divinity/Juris Doctor (MDIV/JD), is a five-year program.  Students will first complete two years of work in either the School of Divinity or the School of Law interdisciplinary degree program, followed by two years of work in the other school.  The final year will consist of elective courses split evenly between the two schools.

The Spirituality and Health Graduate Certificate Program is co-sponsored by the School of Divinity and the School of Medicine.  It consists of five courses that will help students understand the relationship of spirituality to health and healing, the interaction of faith communities and the medical system, and issues in health care policy.

In a survey of the Medical School class of 2010, more than 10 percent of the students expressed an interest in such a program.  A pilot course, “Religious Traditions, Spiritual Practices, Beliefs and Health Professions,” was offered at the Divinity School during the summer session in 2007 by Mark Jenson, chaplain at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  The dozen students enrolled in the pilot course reported that it exceeded their expectations.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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