Promoting the study of the human experience of faith, belief and spiritual knowledge in relation to health at the individual, community and global levels.

Our Purpose

Spirituality asks us to contemplate "the imperceptible". Science and technology deal with "the measurable". The interface between these powerful forces is of immense and immediate importance because their interaction is likely to influence how the next generations shape the future of our world.


Courses & Certificate Program

Human experience, faith and belief are discussed and examined along with the notion of rigorous scientific evidence and methods in a broadly interdisciplinary and scholarly fashion.


Host to many notable speakers

Inviting visionaries in the field of Spirituality and Health to lecture at UF for over 20 yrs.

Past UFCSH Speakers


Gene Robert Thursby, age 81 years, transitioned on Friday, January 15th, 2021 in the ET York Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Fl

The passing of a long-time advisor and friend

In 1970, Gene Thursby joined the faculty of the Department of Religion at the University of Florida where he continued to teach until his retirement in 2007. His most creative and convivial experiences while employed at the University of Florida were team teaching and public service activities in cooperation with colleagues in the university’s multi-college Center for Spirituality and Health. He was a gifted and beloved teacher and mentor to thousands of students, many who have written over the years crediting him with changing their lives. Importantly, he was always willing to change, grow, and learn. He was extraordinarily humble, generous, and kind.

Gene's parting advice: “You never know where grace and love are going to break in. If you can, be open to it. Be able to have a little quiet within yourself. If you can become a center of calm, all the better.”