The Health Ministry Department has as its purpose the preparation of medical missionary evangelists. Students are instructed in the areas of health assessment, treatment of disease by natural methods, and counseling and community health education in nutrition and disease prevention. By studying Christ’s work as the great Medical Missionary, young men and women are trained to develop compassion, sympathy, and competence to stay the progress of disease and relieve suffering in a world that is so much in need. Such work will be a means of directing minds to the truth and will be of great efficiency in the work of gospel ministry.
Individuals desiring to major in this area are required to make formal application to the Health Ministry Department after completing their freshman year. In order to be admitted to the Health Ministry Department major, the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, proficiency in both written and spoken English, adequate competency in mathematical skills, and completed reading requirements. The student must also show evidence of emotional stability, physical health, responsible time management, spiritual maturity, adequate interpersonal skills, and a commitment to God and to the health ministry.
Lifestyle Educator Track
The Lifestyle Educator Track of the Health Ministry degree specifically emphasizes teaching health principles in the community, church, and wellness center settings. The program incorporates training in the treatment modalities of hydrotherapy, massage, diet, exercise, herbal remedies, and lifestyle medicine. Practical training experience is received in the Hartland Lifestyle Education Center in therapy, counseling, and evangelistic roles. Graduates will find many opportunities to share these principles of healthful living in both public and individual contexts.
The Clinical Track of the Health Ministry degree focuses on providing the skills and competencies needed to serve in several different clinical settings. While graduates will still be prepared for many components of health education as described above, they will also be qualified to become certified nurse assistants, phlebotomists, medical assistants, and massage therapists. Thus graduates will be able to serve in professional clinical settings in addition to engaging in health education. Practical training experience is received in the Hartland Lifestyle Education Center in therapy, counseling, and evangelistic roles.
The Midwifery Track is designed to educate and train young ladies to attend expectant mothers in all phases of pregnancy, from prenatal to newborn care. For curriculum details and requirements, please refer to pages 59–68 and consult with your major advisor.