Harvard Divinity School

Individual health behaviors are often shaped by religious beliefs and practices, and many health care services around the world are founded on and funded by faith-based organizations or initiatives. The study of religion commonly includes health-related discussions about issues of social justice, equity, gender-based violence, and support for the practical application of economic, social, and cultural rights. At Harvard Divinity School (HDS), students can explore these relationships through both the academic study of religion and through practical training for public service. Several HDS centers and programs explore issues related to global concerns, including women’s health, law, justice, and ethics. 

 

 

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The Religions and the Practice of Peace Initiative seeks to understand how religion can play a positive role in reducing violence and fostering sustainable peace and social change for all. The initiative brings together religious scholars and students, facilitates the sharing of skills that can turn conflict into constructive change, and trains leaders to integrate spiritual and ethical considerations into their work. 
 

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Featured Program

The Women’s Studies in Religion Program examines how religions define the roles of women and men and how these roles may be changing, both within and outside of religious communities. The Program welcomes five Research Associates each year who conduct original research, teaches a course based on this research, and delivers a public lecture to foster dialogue on women’s studies, including gender equity and the role of gender in religion, for the broader community.