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EH01  Professional Development: Eco-Health

Professional Development: Eco-health introduces students to the study of human life as simultaneously biological, social, cultural, and environmental. The 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. Through assigned weekly readings, writings, quizzes, and exams students will explore the role of the natural environment in our lives, our illnesses, in healing, and in our relationship with the natural and built environments—especially in the context of environmental illnesses—and how these impact healthcare, the healthcare system, the way in which we provide services, and the services that we provide.

NOTE: This course must be successfully completed before enrolling in EH07/CC, EH08/CC.


EH02   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 pysical, 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, including but not limited to Freud, Erikson, Havigurst, Piaget, Sullivan, Kohlberg. Through various learning tasks that include assigned readings, writing assignments, and exams 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.


EH03   Medical Terminology

In this course students will learn basic medical terminology and vocabulary to use in professional healthcare settings. Through assigned readings, writing assignments, and exams students will develop a solid foundation in medical terminology which will support their success as communicators in the healthcare settings in which they work.


EH04   Human Body Systems

Human Body Systems provides a general overview and introduction to the human body, its various systems, (integumentary, respiratory, circulatory, muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, digestive, urinary, reproductive,) how they work separately and together to maintain health and proper body functioning, and basic illnesses and diseases pertaining to each system studied. There are assigned readings, writing assignments, and exams including a comprehensive final exam.


EH05   Transmission & Control of Infection

All healthcare professionals share the responsibility to adhere to and follow scientifically accepted principles and practices of infection control for their health and safety, and for the health and safety of those in their care. Through required readings, written assignments, and exams this course provides an overview of the transmission of infection and infection control, including but not limited to: bloodborne, airborne, and foodborne pathogens and diseases, universal precautions, personal protective equipemnt (PPE), the transmission and control of infection and infectious diseases (such as TB, SARS, MRSA, ARD,) antibiotic resistance, and principles  and practices to implement in their healthcare work and healthcare settings to effictively minimize risks of exposure and the transmission and spread of infection.


EH06   Nutrition

In this Nutrition course, students will explore nutrition and learn how to apply nutrition principles to food choices. Students will learn, through readings, writing assignments, and exams, how key nutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water) affect health, disease, energy, and weight control as well as the impact culture has on health and food choices.


EH07/CC Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care

Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care gives healthcare professionals an overview of environmental illnesses and their impact on individuals, families, and lives. Through assigned weekly readings, writing assignments, quizzes, a midterm, and a final students are prepared for the responsibilities and functions of the Eco-Health care provider as a member of the healthcare team working in support of clients living with chronic environmental illnesses. All Eco-Health Care Concentration & Certificate Program  students begin their required Capstone Project as part of this course (many students select writing a paper for their project.) Areas of focus for this course include but are not limited to: understanding the physical, emotional, psychosocial, and developmental needs of clients served; understanding healthcare system; 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 EH01 Professional Development: Eco-Health. This course cannot be taken at the same time during the same Session as EH08/CC Working with Clients with Environmental Illnesses.


EH08/CC 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, and Expressive/Creative Arts Therapy interventions for working with this population. Through assigned readings, written assignments, a mid-term, 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. Capstone Project deadlines and due dates are provided in the course syllabus.

Prerequisite: successful completion of EH01 Professional Development: Eco-Health and EH07/CC Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care.


EH09  Introduction to Ecopsychology

In this course students will explore the psychological, practical, and critical facets of ecopsychology. Through assigned readings, written assignments, a midterm, and a final students will expand their understanding of psychology to include ecopsychology while examining their understanding of self and world, the physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of human beings, and our ecosystem inter-dependence that links us intrinsically with our natural environment, through the lenses of psychology, animism, complexity science, and medical anthropology.


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