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Public Health Certificate Program

Ministerial Health Certificate Program (MHCP)

The Ministerial Health Certificate Program (MHCP) has been developed in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health’s Center for the Study of Community Health and Congregations for Public Health. This program was developed to provide a mechanism for ministers to learn first hand about public health and the role clergy can play in addressing disease prevention and health promotion from within their churches and communities they serve. A group of multidisciplinary public health professionals provide ministers and other church leaders with practical tools, guidance and information to use during worship and fellowship. The overarching goal is to increase the confidence level in presenting health messages to their congregants. The Ministerial Health Certificate Program is a one-year course offering designed for students at the Birmingham-Easonian Baptist Bible College. The MHCP is offered in two 12-week academic semesters. Each term, the class will be offered during chapel.

Learning Objectives: After completion of a six hour curriculum on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention during the fall and spring semesters, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss national and local health statistics
  • Identify and discuss disparity data as it relates to specific diseases and populations
  • Explain and give examples of the role of the faith community in health promotion and disease prevention
  • Identify ways for the faith community to bridge the gap between health and ministry
  • Serve as leaders in the development of health ministry programs for congregations and the communities they serve.


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Historic Partnership in Public Health - April 30, 2007




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