The Interfaith Health Program (IHP) examines religion’s role as a social force that impacts health beliefs and behaviors as well as health policies in both domestic and international contexts. Recognizing that religion may either contribute to public health or stand in tension with public health, IHP builds partnerships with religious, academic, and civil society partners to support projects that advance health.
Through its interdisciplinary research and community-based programs, IHP attempts to mobilize religion as a positive force for human rights, social justice, and culturally relevant public health initiatives. IHP faculty and staff are scholars and practitioners in community health, religious studies, health policy, and sociological studies. They combine teaching, scholarship, and practice in a variety of contexts both in the U.S. and abroad.
IHP maintains a robust website with a comprehensive bibliography, document and resource center, interactive forums, descriptions of current projects, and news for those interested or working in public health and religion. Students participate in IHP activities as interns or employed graduate research assistants. IHP offers an innovative international study opportunity for Emory students that combines classroom study on religion, health, and development with student peers and faculty from St. Paul’s University in Kenya and an eight-week field placement in Kenyan FBOs.