The mission of the School of Medicine is to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

"So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere."

Luke 9:6

Preparing the Physician

Our overriding purpose is to foster the formation of Christian physicians, providing whole-person care to individuals, families, and communities. Fulfilling this responsibility requires:


Creating an environment in which medical students, graduate students, and residents will acquire the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes appropriate to Christian health professionals and scholars.


Cultivating a creative environment for inquiry and discovery of new routes to wholeness through basic and clinical research.


Providing timely access to cost-effective, comprehensive, whole-person care for all patients, regardless of their circumstances or status.

Developing the Whole Person

Affirming the Christian view of wholeness—which recognizes that the needs of patients go beyond the healing of the body, and that the development of students involves more than the training of the mind; promoting physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual growth in our faculty and our students; and transforming our daily activities into personal ministries. "To Make Man Whole."

Reaching the World

Providing whole-person care wherever the opportunity arises; participating with the world community in the provision of local medical education; providing international physicians and scientists the opportunities for professional interaction and enrichment; sharing the good news of a loving God as demonstrated by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ—these are the goals of the students, faculty, and graduates of the School of Medicine.


Core Values

The University affirms these values as central to its view of education.


Value Definition: Reflects the love of God with respect, mercy and empathy.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Listens to others with kindness and concern.
  • Consistently treats others with courtesy. 
  • Encourages an environment that is inclusive. 
  • Anticipates and responds to the needs and suffering of others.


Value Definition: Exceeds expectations with effectiveness, reliability and efficiency.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Carefully analyzes and balances all aspects of each decision.
  • Establishes high standards for exceptional Mission-Focused Learning and quality health care.
  • Participates in education and clinical care that is evidence-based.
  • Takes all necessary measures to ensure personal and collective safe practices.


Value Definition: Puts self-importance aside for the greater good of others. 

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Relates to others with selfless caring.
  • Learns from teachable moments.
  • Treats everyone with thoughtfulness and patience. 
  • Lives life with a commitment to service.  


Value Definition: Carries out actions with honesty and trustworthiness.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Builds dependability through honest communication with others.
  • Respects personal and academic freedom.
  • Follows through on commitments.
  • Holds self and others accountable for actions.


Value Definition: Commits to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Considers how one’s actions will affect others and the environment around.
  • Calls out actions that are in conflict with our values.
  • Supports efforts to remove systemic barriers.
  • Protects the dignity and worth of all individuals.
  • Works toward quality healthcare access for all.


Value Definition: Collaborates to achieve a shared purpose.

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Recognizes, understands and celebrates the unique strengths of all team members.
  • Shares knowledge and learning opportunities for team growth.
  • Recognizes the contributions of others and affirms their successes.
  • Participates willingly whenever needs arise.


Value Definition: Loved by God, growing in health, living with purpose in community. 

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Supports the spiritual value of faith-based education and health care.
  • Demonstrates a positive, peaceful and hopeful attitude.
  • Promotes Christ’s healing ministry through prayer, positive relationships and a healthy lifestyle.  
  • Lives a life that is morally sound and moderate in all things.