The dual degree program may be completed in four years. The first year is spent at the Candler School of Theology, the second year at Rollins School of Public Health, and the third and fourth years are completed at Candler. In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 86 hours at Candler. MDiv requirements are similar to those of a traditional MDiv student. MDiv/ MPH dual degree students may complete the MPH practicum requirement by adapting their clinical Contextual Education placement to an activity relevant for public health.
Public health professionals who hold the MPH/ MDiv are trained to work in public health within the context of religious institutions, applying religious and theological knowledge to enhance health programs for special populations.