Course Abstract Details

HLTH-120, Introduction to Holistic Health and Complementary Medicine

Credits: 3

Course Description

HLTH 120, Holistic Health and Complementary Medicine, will expand your understanding of health and healing, and how you have the power within you to achieve optimal wellness through self-care. This course explores both ancient and modern approaches to health. A wide variety of treatment modalities including nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, meditation, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, yoga, music, art, magnet therapy, and many more will be covered. Students examine current research findings in the field of mind-body medicine and complementary and alternative modalities as part of a new integrative model of health. Prerequisite: exemption/completion of MAT-091, ENGL-101 or ENGL-103, and either HLTH-101 or PHED-101, or permission of the chair. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. Offered Spring term.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

1. Identify terminology and apply concepts as they relate to Western and Eastern models of healthcare. (PG1, GE2,7, Ex 1) 

2. Identify and describe a variety of mind-body medicine approaches to wellness. (PG1, GE2,7,Exam 2) 

3. Identify, categorize and contrast a variety of CAM modalities. (PG1, GE2,7, Exam 3) 

4. Research and explain the role of spirituality in healing. (PG1, GE 2,7, Exam 4) 

5. Participate in and critique wellness activities and a CAM practitioner that connects you to a larger college wide or community environment. (PG2, GE1,6,7, Field Trip Reports) 

6. Collect and interpret personal wellness data to formulate effective goals and strategies. (PG1,5,GE1,2,3,7, Assessments/Weekly Journals) 

7. Produce a research paper on the efficacy of a selected CAM modality with a list of five scholarly sources in the bibliography. (PG1,3, GE1,2,4, Research Paper) 

8. Communicate research findings on a CAM modality to the class using visual media. (PG4,GE1,2,4, Oral Report) 

9. Identify and practice a variety of self-care strategies that foster personal well-being. (PG5,GE1,2,7, Weekly Journals) 

10. Identify health behaviors, discuss their impact and make specific recommendations for improving physical, emotional and /or overall wellbeing. (PG5,GE1,2,7, Self-Reflection Paper)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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