Dear Dean:

The University of California at Berkeley is grateful to the large numbers of graduate students of your SPH who have completed the National Student Survey on Public Health and spirituality/religion. As holidays approach, we offer final but fresh encouragement to you or someone you delegate to complete the National Dean Survey on Public Health and spirituality/religion, an online survey estimated to take 2 to 5 minutes. By contributing your wisdom to this important issue, you will complement as well as honor efforts by your students and others across the US (list), plus deans (list) from Johns Hopkins and many other leading SPHs/CPHs.

The survey will be closed in 2 weeks (12/24) or soon thereafter, and may be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SPHviewscreen


Debate currently exists in the Public Health community about whether and how we as educators should cover spiritual and religious factors in our teaching. Spiritual and religious factors have been discussed in articles in numerous journals, such as the Annual Review of Public Health (2000, 2007), as well as in two volumes of Oxford’s Handbook of Religion and Health (2001, 2012). These publications identified more than 2100 published empirical studies of religion/spirituality and health since 2000.

In view of this evidence, our survey asks you 5 simple questions intended to find if your School/College is addressing the topic of spirituality/health through focused courses, and about your perception of resources/needs for addressing this topic. Your responses will vitally inform a report that we are preparing on the current status and needs of Public Health education in this topic. The anonymity of your answers will be maintained: in all reports, no answers will be attributed to identifiable individuals or schools without explicit prior permission. Our interest is in the overall content of responses, not individuals. To learn more about the topic and our work, you are welcome to visit our project website: http://viewscreen.berkeley.edu

The survey will be closed in 2 weeks (December 24) or soon thereafter. The survey is available at:


With thanks and gratitude,

Professor Doug Oman, Principal Investigator
                    UC Berkeley – Community Health & Human Development
Professor Leonard Syme, Project co-Leader
                    UC Berkeley – Epidemiology, Community Health & Human Development
Professor Timothy Brown
                    UC Berkeley – Health Policy & Management
Professor Denise Herd
                    UC Berkeley – Behavioral Sciences
Professor Kristine Madsen
                    UC Berkeley – Joint Medical Program, Public Health Nutrition
Professor Linda Neuhauser
                    UC Berkeley – Health Education, Translational Research
Professor Amani Nuru-Jeter
                    UC Berkeley – Epidemiology, Community Health & Human Development
Professor Lee Riley
                    UC Berkeley – Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology
Professor David Lukoff
                    Sofia University – Clinical Psychology
Professor Stephen G. Post
                    Stony Brook University – Bioethics, Preventive Medicine

 From Viewscreen Project
      School of Public Health
      University of California, Berkeley

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