JTS/Columbia University team up on a new dual master’s degree

JTS/Columbia University team up on a new dual master’s degree

The Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University are offering a new dual-degree MA/MPH program in Jewish ethics and public health. The program aims to prepare students to develop and evaluate public health services within the Jewish and broader communities.

The joint master of arts in Jewish ethics and master of public health degree program is offered by the Kekst Graduate School at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of the Jewish Ethics and Public Health dual-degree program, which for the first time ever offers students an opportunity both to develop and to evaluate public health services from the perspective of Jewish tradition,” JTS’s provost, Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, said. “We are thrilled to launch this innovative program, which equips future professionals with the moral vision to identify issues of ethical concern in public health as well as the skills to design effective initiatives to resolve them. We encourage future scholars of this new MA/MPH program to bring to bear Jewish values in grappling with the many public health challenges plaguing our world.”

“This joint degree represents a continued commitment by Columbia Mailman School to combine the depth and breadth of expertise in two fields of study, to propel discovery, and educate the next generation of scholars to create research-based solutions at the juncture of public health and religion,” said Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, dean of Columbia Mailman School. “Together with JTS we will pave the way for new research and engagement on complex issues facing theologians and public health professionals to benefit our schools, our country, and the world.”

For more information, go to www.jtsa.edu/jewish-ethics-public-health.

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