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Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta is one of the few places in the United States where public health faculty actually engage in unapologetic and deliberate dialogue about the role of religion in health. A new book, Religion as a Social Determinant of Public Health, edited by Emory professor Ellen L. Idler, Director of Emory’s Religion and Public Health Collaborative, now out from Oxford University Press, seeks to address an astonishingly broad range of themes on the ways that religious practices relate to health across cultures and around the world. Contributing authors include Emory faculty in public health, theology, nursing, medicine, law, ethics, anthropology, and sociology. The book is based on a faculty seminar that ran from 2010 to 2013. The book also includes a chapter on an Emory-affiliated collaborative, the African Religious Health Assets Programme (ARHAP). Read a sample from the book at Amazon.com.

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