CHMN 630 Health Ministries

Study of the Adventist health message from revelation, scientific and educational perspectives. This course focuses on health, disease, and healing dynamics from revelation and scientific viewpoints. Emphasis is given to medical missionary work at the church and evangelistic levels. Simple techniques of maintaining personal health, and methods for combining the gospel and health are discussed.

Units: 3



Graduate students:

  • MPH

This course may also be taken by

  • Health professionals for continuing education
  • Pastors and medical missionaries as non-degree course for professional development
  • Graduate students of other schools as transfer credit


This class is both theory and practice-based. To guide you in managing your time, the dates and time of submission of the assignments are clearly presented in the course syllabus. For effective learning, assignments, especially discussion forums, which need immediate and timely feedback, need to be completed as scheduled. In general, you are required to:

  • submit three (3) journal reports for this class,
  • submit a report on self-planned virtual exercise program for not less than 30 minutes, three times a week,
  • develop and present four 10-minute virtual health lectures, and
  • submit report of a health ministry program

In view of the above requirements, you will need to spend at least 2 hours per day for five days. Approximately, TEN hours per week for this course.



Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  1. Develop a church-based health program plan to address an identified health need.
  2. Implement and video-record a church-based health program plan.
  3. Prepare and submit a report of the implemented program.



Week 1

Relationship Between Religion/Spirituality and Health

Week 2

Biblical Foundations of Adventist Health Message (AHM)

Week 3

Spirit of Prophecy Foundations for the AHM

Week 4

Scientific Foundations for the AHM

Week 5

Educational Foundations for the AHM

Week 6

Medical Missionary Work vs Missionary Medical Work

Week 7

Gospel/Spirituality and Health Outside Church:  Methodologies, resources and materials

Week 8 Alternative Medicine



Godwin Nwadibia Aja, DrPH

GODWIN AJA is a professor of Health Promotion and Community Health at AIIAS Graduate School, Public Health Department.  Before coming to AIIAS, he taught at the university level in Nigeria for more than two decades. He serves as an adjunct professor and external examiner/assessor to universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and USA. He was a World Health Organization (WHO) Temporary Adviser for the International Dialogue on Evidence-Action for Improving Health in Developing Countries (IDEA-Health). He has numerous publications to his credit in the area of health promotion and serves as reviewer to several journals, including Journal of Religion and Health.

He earned his DrPH in Health Education from Loma Linda University School of Public Health, California, USA.



Evelyn Almocera, MPH, MD

Dr. Evelyn Almocera is a medical doctor/practitioner that serves as the AIIAS campus physician. She is a certified school health consultant by the Philippine Academy of Physicians in School Health. Currently, she serves as an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at AIIAS.

Aside from health ministry, she has developed several online courses that are related to maternal and child health care, school and adolescent health, anatomy and physiology, and other health-related online courses.