Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Courses


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AH00 Capstone Project

All Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Concentration and Certificate Program students are required to complete a capstone project. This course provides students with the guidance and framework they will need to complete their capstone project. Students are automatically enrolled in AH00 Capstone Project (this course is free) at the beginning of their program. 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. The Capstone project brings together each student’s learning in a focused and uniquely individualized expression. Capstone projects cannot be submitted prior to the successful completion of all required courses.


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.


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.


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.


AH04 Spirituality in Health & Healing

Spirituality, especially spirituality in healing, is something that not only includes our western Judeo-Christian traditions, but also embraces and includes traditions and beliefs outside of what may be, to us, perhaps the more familiar understandings. There exist as many traditions of spirituality and beliefs as there are varying, distinct, and unique world cultures. Through readings, writing assignments, and exams, students will learn about and examine spirituality and spirituality in healing, focusing on two indigenous spiritual traditions–Native American and Maori–and how these different belief systems and their spiritual realities and traditions impact lives, health, healing, and the ways in which we understand ourselves, our lives, and our world.


AH05 Nutrition

In this Nutrition course, students will examine nutrition, nutrition concepts, and learn how to apply nutrition principles to food choices. Students will learn, through readings, writing assignments, and exams, how key nutrients affect health, disease, and energy as well as the impact culture has on health and food choices. Alternative approaches to nutrition and nutrition choices will be explored including the role of food as medicine for healing from an historical perspective, over time–ancient to the present.


AH06 Intro to Soundscape Therapy

This course examines sonic environments—soundscapes—and their effects on individuals, therapy, and health. Soundscapes to be explored include both natural and built environments and how these impact and influence behavior. Much of the human experience of sound is contextually based. Through readings, listening exercises, writing assignments, and exams, students explore the relationship between sound and health, sound and mental health, and the positive and adverse effects of sound and soundscapes on humans.


AH07 Welcome to my Garden: Horticulture, Health, & Healing

Horticulture is an area of creative arts that is practiced throughout the world. In this introduction to horticulture therapy, students will examine horticulture therapy in a variety of settings including mental health, medical, rehab, corrections, and long term care. Through readings, writing assignments, and exams, students will explore the role of nature and horticulture arts in healing and health, as a medium for creating and sustaining significant connections with self and others, and its effectiveness as a healing, holistic nurturing art and therapeutic modality.


AH08 Intro to Eco Arts Therapy


AH09 Breaking Bread: A Culinary Journey of Spirit


AH10 Intro to Mindfulness



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