Holistic Health and Wellness (HHAW)
This course provides students with the foundation in which healthcare evolved throughout the ages, from Antiquity to the Papyri Texts of Ancient Egypt and the Ayurveda of the Indus Civilization, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Greek and Roman health views. The Renaissance and Middle Ages, colonial times and the great wars up to the Modern Era will be examined for their contributions to medicine. Students will study documented belief structures and practices of healthcare covering a vast historical time period.
This course presents students with a study of the most popular alternative healthcare and bodywork techniques including a study of their historical development and scientific perspective. Students will investigate the treatment protocol and efficacy and will also compare and contrast the techniques discussed to allopathic care. Students will engage in interactive activities when appropriate.
This course is designed for students interested in the environmental conditions that directly affect the health of humans. The course covers topics of water contamination with pharmaceuticals, and other environmental toxins, as well as genetically modified foods and global soil depletion. Fracking is discussed with respect to water quality with particular attention to how those issues affect the physiology of the body. The issue of global governance and sustainability within the parameters of healthcare will be discussed. A study of mindfulness practices and personal choices toward a healthier personal environment will also be developed.
The course covers the basic development of healthcare philosophies, paradigms and the assessment of healthcare as a cultural, social and economic development. Students will study the business of healthcare and the rising healthcare industry, the politicizing of health and medicine, and the ethical dilemmas predicated by our current model of healthcare with a special emphasis on the globalization of medicine.
This course investigates the multidimensional phenomenon of stress from the mind body connection to the conditions, attitudes and behaviors that contribute to the stress response. It examines the psychosomatic theory of dis-ease and the mechanisms that link stress with illness. Using a holistic approach for intervention, it allows students to study different techniques for dealing with stress on a personal level and also how to help others develop techniques and design stress management programs for stress reduction and adaptation.
This course will expose students to the foundations for studying nutrition and examine the role of food in the dis-ease process. Definitions of health, whole foods, organic foods and balancing foods will be explored as well as various common and eclectic diets. The students will uncover the problems associated with food additives including preservatives and colorants. There will be a discourse on the way the world economy is associated with how food is grown and processed. Students will perform a nutritional analysis on their own dietary choices and learn how to plan a healthful diet. Students enrolling in the AAS in Nursing program cannot use this course to replace NURS 174: Nutrition.
This course is designed to introduce the student to a study of plants and their health and healing properties. Students will discover the historical perspectives of herbs, oils, and incense in historical documents and their uses in early healthcare procedures. This is a study of the development of certain Naturopathic, Homeopathic, and Native American doctrines and how they preceded modern day pharmaceuticals. Students will see how flower remedies were discovered and developed. This course will study organic gardening and the creation of a healthful garden.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the anthropological beginnings of oriental culture and the historical foundation and philosohpical theories that developed into oriental medicine. Students will study Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and other Oriental Healthcare doctrines. The course will cover the transplantation of oriental medicine into the western world, assessing trends in the U.S., China, and other regions. Students will learn an overall sense of the history, development, and basic foundational principles of Oriental Healthcare.
This course presents a comprehensive understanding of the historical development of Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. The course covers the principle philosophy and the actual practice of the Sutras within the Yoga discipline and the development of Tai Chi and Qi Gong as martial art forms. Students will study the practices for aligning the body, breath and mind for health and meditation. The practice sessions include learning the Yoga meditation, postures and breathing techniques along with the other disciplines associated with Yoga practice and several Tai Chi and Qi Gong exercises.
This course is intended to educate the student in principles of holistic design incorporating conscious living and harmonious environments. Identifying concepts of harmony within the home and workplace environments using mental, emotional and physical health as cornerstones will lead students to design home, work and garden spaces that allow for more creativity, inspiration and productivity. Studies include architecture, aesthetics, and functionality. Transformative therapies of color, sound and aroma will bring the senses into the design.