Top Christian Medical Schools

Aug 17, 2018

Medicine is a vast and varied field that covers all areas of the body. There are likely areas of study you're not familiar with yet such as otolaryngology, but many medical schools offer programs in these specialties. Below, we'll look at some of the top Christian medical schools available.

Medical school is typically taught at the graduate level and taken after you receive your bachelor's degree. As an undergraduate, you'll study pre-medicine or any of the pre-professional fields that interest you. Here, you can find some information on the best Christian medical schools in the country.

School Comparison

The table below looks at the graduate tuition costs for the 2018-2019 school year. Keep in mind that these tuition costs generally do not include fees, room and board, books, or other fees commonly associated with medical schools, such as immunizations and health insurance.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Loma Linda University 4-year, private not-for-profit Seventh Day Adventist Loma Linda, CA $57,980
Emory University 4-year, private not-for-profit United Methodist Atlanta, GA $16,433
Duke University 4-year, private not-for-profit United Methodist Durham, NC $45,291
Georgetown University 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Washington, DC $52,037
Creighton University 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Omaha, NE $58,686

Source: *College websites

Overview of Top Christian Universities with Medical Schools

When considering what makes these medical schools the 'top,' we've considered school reputation, tuition costs, program options, and the U.S. News and World Report rankings. As you will see, the colleges listed here all provide ample residency time, along with simulated clinical settings, hospital relations, and theoretical study. All the medical knowledge you'll learn will also include a basic Christian foundation and ethics that work together with your faith.

Loma Linda University (LLU)

The School of Medicine at Loma Linda University offers several areas to concentrate and specialize in such as anesthesiology, pediatrics, urology, neurology, dermatology, plastic surgery, and emergency medicine. These are only a few of the more than 20 areas available to do a residency. At LLU, students use simulation centers to simulate hospital and clinical environments along with an anatomy lab and small group lectures which offer a holistic Christian education. Students will also participate in missions trips, where medical students have the opportunity to work in underprivileged area clinics. Here, students can put into practice their skills, while realizing a dream of helping others. Each week, there is an hour-long chapel meeting for students to come together and reflect.

Emory University

Emory University's medical school offers many areas to specialize in. Many of these, such as physical therapy, genetic counseling, and medicine with bioethics, look at both the master's degree with another program, including a dual degree or a higher terminal degree. With over 2,000 faculty members and 1,500 patient beds, you'll have a lot of time in residency, putting your theories and skills to practice. You'll also be given a 5-month Discovery period, where you'll have time to research, study abroad, and look deep into a specialized focus of medicine. Spirituality is centered at the Candler School of Theology, where worship is held, faith formation is built, and spiritual life combines with academic and campus life.

Duke University

Duke University is one of the most revered medical schools on this list. The U.S. News and World Report named it the tenth best medical school for research programs in the nation. As the tenth ranked school of medicine, it is the number one Christian school on the list. Duke has several health education programs, such as a Doctor of Medicine (MD), a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DTP), a Master of Management in Clinical Informatics, and a Master of Science in Population Health Science among others, but there is also an impressive PhD program list to show the research side of Duke's medical school. Some of those PhD programs include:

  • Pathology
  • Molecular cancer biology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Immunology
  • Integrated toxicology & environmental health
  • Pharmacology
  • Stem cell biology

Faith is an important part of every Duke student's life, so religious teams welcome students early on and help to guide them and include them in events throughout each school year.

Georgetown University

At #46 for best medical research school, according to the U.S. News and World Report, medicine is combined with the Catholic and Jesuit traditions that Georgetown University represents. Along with retreats, social justice programs, and religious services, there are several sacred spaces around campus to use for a moment of quiet reflection and prayer. The medical school has both a hospital chapel and the St. Ignatius chapel for those of the Christian faith. There are 35 specialty departments at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). Some of these specialties that you can study include:

  • Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • International health
  • Neurology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Otolaryngology
  • Oncology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Radiology

Creighton University

There are 16 medical departments that can be studied at Creighton University. This includes surgery, which has eight specialty areas itself (plastic surgery is one such area of focus), and 12 medicine specialties, including hematology, infectious disease, nephrology, pulmonary, rheumatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, dermatology, and allergy. Along with these areas of study, you'll also be able to take part in one of the 15 ACGME-accredited fellowship programs right on campus. Faith and the Jesuit tradition are at the center of everything on campus, as well. Faith development, sacraments, worship, and retreats are put on by the campus ministry team. Though a Jesuit college, Creighton offers several interfaith options, including prayers and services.

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