Certificate in Faith and Health

The interdisciplinary certificate in faith and health is offered in collaboration with North Park University’s School of Nursing. This 12-credit certificate is designed to provide a foundation for ministries of health for both clergy and health professionals as they serve their congregations and communities.

Taught by expert faculty in nursing, theology, ethics, biblical studies, and pastoral care, the program offers learning that you can apply in both clinical and congregational settings. You’ll gain resources and enhanced skills to better understand the ways in which faith and ministry practices and effective, ethical health care inform one another.

Courses in the certificate can be applied to a full master’s degree at North Park Theological Seminary. The certificate’s flexible course delivery options allow for distance learning—nearly all the courses are offered online—and for a schedule that fits your needs.

Meet the Faculty: Mary Chase-Ziolek

Mary Chase-Ziolek

As a faculty member in both the School of Nursing and the Theological Seminary, Dr. Mary Chase-Ziolek integrates her faith in her work and helps students to draw connections between faith and health.

Learn more about Dr. Chase-Ziolek and the Seminary faculty.


Two of the following required courses (3 credits)

  • BIBL 6263 Biblical Perspectives on Health and Healing
  • THEO 5171 Theology of Caring and Health
  • MNST 6303 Religion, Spirituality and Health

Two of the following elective courses (3 credits)

  • MNST 5130 Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health
  • MNST 5131 Spiritual Issues in Chronic Illness and Disability
  • MNST 5137 Faith, Health and Community Development
  • THEO 5175 Ethics of Caring and Health
  • MNST 7195 Special Topics in Faith and Health

Total semester hours required: 12

In addition to these courses, mission and service trips and classes with a community health focus are offered periodically in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Explore course descriptions for the classes in this certificate.

Learn more about applying for this certificate program.

Faith and Health