Eco-Health Classes

EH00  Capstone Project

Eco-Health Concentration and Certificate Program students who are completing a capstone project begin and complete their capstone project work as part of this course. The capstone project brings together each student’s learning in a focused and uniquely individualized expression. Many students select writing a paper on an approved topic of their choice for their project, but multiple format options are open allowing for a wide range of student creativity. Students enroll in this course typically at the beginning of their studies. Capstone projects cannot be submitted prior to the successful completion of EH08 Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care.


EH02  Understanding Environmental Illness

Environmental illnesses are real, physiological illnesses that are affecting increasing numbers of people. This course introduces students to Environmental Illness (EI) and to different EIs (for example, MCS, mastocytosis, MCAS, IBS, CFS, migraines, fibromyalgia), their history, causes, signs and symptoms, disease processes, the patient experience, and current research findings. Through readings, writing assignments, quizzes, and exams students will expand their knowledge and understanding of these very serious chronic illnesses, treatment possibilities, and their impact on lives.


EH03   Human Growth & Development Across the Lifespan

This course introduces students to the scientific concepts of human development and the developmental changes that occur across the lifespan. Students will explore the physical, cognitive, social, moral, emotional, and personality development of humans across the lifespan and the changes we experience in our physical function as well as our social, emotional, and cognitive functions as we grow and age. Students will be introduced to major theoretical perspectives associated with human development. Through various learning tasks that include assigned readings and writing assignments, students will examine the concepts of health and development as they apply to human beings at different stages in their development over the course of a life.


EH04   Chronic Illness & Chronic Environmental Illness

In this course students will develop their understanding of chronic illness, what constitutes a chronic illness, and how chronic illnesses are assessed and treated in traditional medical systems. Students will examine EIs as the chronic illnesses they are, exploring the ways in which current medical approaches to chronic illnesses do and do not meet the needs of individuals living with chronic EIs.


EH07   Nutrition & Environmental Illness

In this nutrition course, students will explore nutrition concepts and how to apply important nutrition principles to food choices both for the general population and for individuals with EIs. Students will learn, through readings, writing assignments, and various learning tasks, how key nutrients affect health, disease, energy, and weight control as well as the impact culture has on health and food choices.


EH08 Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care

Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care provides an overview of environmental illnesses and their impact on individuals, families, and lives within the context of the heathcare system. Through assigned weekly readings, writing assignments, and exams students learn  the responsibilities of being a healthcare provider for a person with an environmental illness. Areas of focus for this course include but are not limited to: understanding emotional, psychosocial, and developmental needs of clients served; understanding health care systems; service provision and delivery; how to best support client health. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on developing each student’s critical thinking, fundamental knowledge base regarding environmental illnesses, understanding of the needs of individuals living with chronic environmental illnesses, and the ways in which they may work in support of these clients.

Prerequisite: successful completion of EH02 Understanding Envirnmental Illness. This course cannot be taken at the same time as EH09 Working with Clients with Environmental Illnesses.


EH09 Working with Clients with Environmental Illnesses

Environmental illnesses impact not only the clients, their families, and their lives but also the lives of care providers. This course examines chronic environmental illnesses (their medical, physical, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, and environmental aspects), client and care provider lifestyle changes that are necessary due to environmental illness and in order to support client health. Through assigned readings, written assignments, and a final exam, students will examine the scope of practice of various members of the healthcare team and approaches and interventions specific to each role in the context of environmental illness and the health needs of clients living with chronic environmental illnesses. Attention is given to working with clients in a variety of settings including client homes, schools, healthcare centers, hospitals, and medical and private practice offices. Students will explore the impact of interdisciplinary teams on client needs in order to promote sensitivity and understanding of environmental illness (EI) in its broadest sense while providing the most effective client services. The overall course expectation is that students will further develop and extend their foundation of approaches, knowledge, and the skills they will use when working with and providing support services for clients with chronic environmental illnesses. Emphasis is placed on knowing, recognizing, and understanding EIs, the needs of individuals living with chronic EIs, and how these health needs directly impact and change not only the services but most especially the ways in which services are provided.

Prerequisite: successful completion of EH02 Understanding Environmental Illness and EH08 Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care.


EH10 Culture & Diversity

Social patterns in the United States are undergoing rapid change and our citizenship has become increasingly diverse. In this course we will explore issues relating to these changing demographics. Through assigned readings, written exercises, exams, and a final project, we will examine such issues as culture shock, adaptation, channeling behavior, and the arts as a bridge as we look at the systems of culture, the experience of our lived differences, and the impact this has on clients, health care providers, and health care services.




CELA classes support each student’s personal, academic, and professional growth
through individualized mentoring and positive student-instructor relationships.