Religious leaders today have unique and growing opportunities to impact congregations and communities by understanding the synergistic relationship between food, health, and ecology as each is broadly defined.

Public health leaders and institutions and religious leaders and institutions share much history and at least one goal:  the well-being of humans and the communities in which they live, work, and play. Religious leaders today become more effective when they cultivate a holistic view of wellness and learn strategies for helping faith communities embody this view in worship, education, mission, and other programs.

This Master of Divinity concentration explores the implications for and intersections of contemporary religious leadership with foodways, the health of the public, and ecology.

Curricular requirement: For each of the tracks, the concentration is 12 credits plus an internship. Students may also complete the concentration with 15 credits from any of the tracks [or with a Science, Health, and Ecological Well-Being (SE) area requirement], plus an internship. 

For students who wish to focus in one of the three areas, the following tracks are suggested.