Faith and Healing



Mercy College of Health Sciences continues to host national speakers on campus as part of the Faith & Healing Speaker Series, an award-winning educational program designed to address important topics, instill a love for learning, and promote discussion with members of the healthcare, health policy, and wellness communities in Iowa. Speaker Series lectures and group discussions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served prior to the start of each session.

The Series encompasses the topics of faith, healing, and wellness from different perspectives while highlighting Catholic theology and practice. Despite strong evidence that religious faith - regardless of faith tradition - often informs clinicians’ practices and that many patients’ experiences of illness are mediated by faith, the relationship between faith and healing is understudied. Organizers hope that the dialogue produced by the Series helps to bridge this gap about the critical issues related to these topics.

The Series, which was recognized in May 2015 by the Iowa Healthcare Educators (IHE), a membership group of the Iowa Hospital Association with the IHE Institutional Award, is intended to address one of the College’s core values of knowledge, which has been defined as “instilling in our College community a thirst to continually study, investigate, observe, and experience the world all-around for facts and ideas that can improve the health and wellbeing of humankind and create a love for learning.”

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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master's degreesbachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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