Alternative & Holistic Classes

Mod 1/AH01 Alternative Medical Approaches: A Survey

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) healthcare practices and interventions are being used more and more frequently by healthcare professionals. This course provides an overview of CAM, exploring the history and development of selected CAM approaches and practices in both the medical health and mental health fields.


Mod 2/AH02 Theories of Holistic Care

Holistic medicine and holistic healthcare are based on approaches that consider the whole person–body, mind, emotions, spiritual–and how these different parts of the self interrelate, interact, and impact reaching our optimal health. The primary goal of holistic health practices is to establish and maintain a proper balance in life, understanding that something which affects one part of the person affects the whole person. In this course students will explore the theories of holistic medicine and holistic healthcare and how they impact health, wellness, our illnesses, diseases, the disease process, healing, and what it means to provide holistic supports in western medical models.


Mod 3/AH03 Intro to Medical Anthropology

This introductory medical anthropology course focuses on health, illness, and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. Students will examine case studies involving different cultural beliefs and their impact on individuals, groups, healers, and the healing professions. Through readings, writing assignments, and exams, students will learn about and explore medical anthropology, its applications, ethics, its impact on the healthcare system, and the impact of culture on health, the human body, illness, and healing.


Mod 4/AH04 Environmental Illness & Eco-Health

Environmental Illness & Eco-Health introduces students to the understanding of human life as simultaneously biological, cultural, social, and environmental. This course provides an overview of the human body, medicine, illness, the natural environment, and healing as complex systems that impact and interact with each other. Students explore environmental illnesses and the role of eco-health and eco-awareness in our lives, our illnesses, and in healing–and how these impact the ways in which we provide services and the services that we provide.


Mod 5/AH05 Food as Medicine

In this course, students will examine nutrition, nutrition concepts, and applying nutrition principles to food choices. Students will learn, through readings, writing assignments, and exams, how key nutrients affect health, disease, and energy, and the impact culture has on health and food choices while exploring various aspects of the relationship we have with our food.


Mod 6/AH06 Creative Arts in Health & Healing: An Intermodal Approach

This course explores theories of the ways in which the arts are used in health and healing, including expressive therapy, creative arts therapy, and intermodal creative arts approaches. Through assigned readings, experiential exercises in multiple creative arts areas, and quizzes, stuents will examine the intermodal process and its application in practice as they address such issues as what art is and how people communicate through the arts, paying particular attention to the role of the creative arts and creative imagination in healing, health, and wellness.


Mod 7/AH00 Capstone Project

All Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Concentration and Certificate Program students are required to complete a capstone project. The capstone project brings together each student’s learning in a focused and uniquely individualized expression. We strongly encourage students to not wait until the end of their studies to begin their capstone project in order to have the time they will need to formulate, conceive, create, and complete their final product. Capstone projects cannot be submitted prior to the successful completion of all required coursework of modules 1 through 6.