Alternative & Holistic Healthcare Courses


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. 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. 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 Eco-Health: Illness & Wellness

Eco-Health: Illness & Wellness 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 the role of eco-health and eco-awareness in our lives, our illnesses, and in healing–especially in the context of environmental illnesses–and how these impact counseling, therapy, the ways in which we provide services, and the services that we provide.


AH05 Nutrition 1

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.


AH06 Nutrition 2

Building on concepts learned in AH05 Nutrition 1, students will focus on food as medicine: the role and impact of food and food choices in preventing and managing certain illnesses and diseases. Through readings, writing assignments, and exams, students will consider theoretical perspectives on nutrition and food as medicine as they explore food remedies and nutritional/food as medicine strategies and their use in clinical care for various health issues.

Prerequisite: successful completion of AH05 Nutrition 1


AH07 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.


AH08 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.


AH09 Intro to Eco Arts Therapy

In this class students will examine the natural environment and its role in human health and human life journeys. Through assigned readings, writing assignments, experientials, and exams, students will explore aspects of ecopsychology, ecotherapy, and the therapeutic role of the arts in self-discovery, processing life experiences, healing, and health.


AH10 Breaking Bread: A Culinary Journey of Spirit



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