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David Toole

Associate Professor of the Practice, Theology, Ethics and Global Health
Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives | Duke Divinity School
Senior Fellow | Kenan Institute for Ethics
Divinity School
Trent 238
(919) 660-3475


Professor Toole has a joint appointment in the Global Health Institute, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Divinity School. His recent courses include Global Health as a Moral Enterprise, Global Health Systems, Ethical Dimensions of Environmental Policy, Ethics and Native America, and Challenges of Living and Ethical Life. His current research centers on the role of mission hospitals in African health systems, with a particular focus on the countries of the Nile River Basin in eastern Africa. He is the author of Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo: Theological Reflections on Nihilism, Tragedy, and Apocalypse, and is currently on sabbatical completing a manuscript titled What Are Pople For? Questions Conerning What It Means to Be Human. In addition to his teaching and his research, he serves as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives in the Divinity School and co-directs THE PLANET Project in the Kenan Institute for Ethics.



Title Number Level
Organized Compassion: Global Health as Moral Enterprise GLHLTH 345S
UG Only
Ethical Dimensions of Environmental Policy ETHICS 288S
UG Only


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