Eco-Health Courses

 

EH00  Capstone Project

Eco-Health Concentration and Certificate Program students who are required to complete a Capstone Project begin their required Capstone Project as part of this course. Many students select writing a paper 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 EH07 Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care.

 

EH01  Professional Development: Eco-Health & Environmental Illness

Professional Development: Eco-health & Environmental Illness 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—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 EH08, EH09.

 

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, 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.

 

EH04   Chrnoic 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.

 

EH05   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.

 

EH06   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 effectively minimize risks of exposure and the transmission and spread of infection.

 

EH07   Nutrition

In this Nutrition course, students will explore 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 (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.

 

EH08/CC 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/CC Working with Clients with Environmental Illnesses.

 

EH08/HHA Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care

Fundamentals in the Continuum of Care gives Home Health Aides an overview of environmental illnesses and their impact on individuals, families, and lives within the context of the healthcare system. Through assigned weekly readings, writing assignments, quizzes, and a final exam students are prepared for the responsibilities and functions of the Eco-Health Home Health Aide as a member of the healthcare team working in support of clients living with chronic environmental illnesses. Students are required to complete a 20-hour clinical component as part of this course. Areas of focus for this course include but are not limited to: understanding the physical, emotional, psychosocial, and developmental needs of clients served; understanding the 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 as EH09/HHA Working with Clients with Environmental Illnesses.

 

EH09/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. 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. Capstone Project deadlines and due dates are provided in the course syllabus.

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

 

EH09/HHA 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 lifestyle changes, 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 exams, students will examine the scope of practice of various members of the healthcare team as well as the approaches and interventions specific to each role in the context of environmental illness and the health needs of clients living with chronic environmental illnesses. Special attention is given to adapting the specific services typically provided by a Home Health Aide to meet the needs of clients with environmental illnesses while minimizing the risk of compromising their health through inadvertent exposure to triggers. 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 EH01 Professional Development: Eco-Health and EH08/HHA 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.

 

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