2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Aug 10, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

AHS 230 - Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies


Description: Examination of complementary and alternative health practices. Emphasizes the integration of body, mind and spirit with an evaluation of specific techniques and therapies. Application of critical thinking skills to analyze and compare conventional and alternative healthcare practices.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Conventional and holistic healthcare practices 
  2. Eastern therapies 
  3. Ayurvedic medicine 
  4. Native American perspectives 
  5. Alternative health professionals 
  6. Herbal therapies and nutrition 
  7. Touch therapies 
  8. Mind-Body therapies 
  9. Energetic therapies 
  10. Environment and health 
  11. Critical thinking skills 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe and use elements and aspects of the critical thinking process, including the examination of new ideas and alternatives. (1-9,11) 
  2. Construct questions pertinent to, and articulate informed choices between, conventional and holistic healthcare. (1,11) 
  3. Critically process and communicate Eastern and Native American culture contributions to holistic healthcare. (2-4) 
  4. Compare and contrast alternative health professions. (5) 
  5. Identify safe herbal therapies. (6)
  6. Examine and critically analyze current research data pertinent to complementary and alternative therapies. (2, 6-9,11) 
  7. Formulate and articulate informed choices that integrate mind-body-spirit practices into healthcare based on refined critical thinking skills. (1-4,7-9,11)
  8. Apply critical thinking skills when assessing philosophical, scientific, societal and individual issues related to our environment and its relationship to our health. (10,11)
  9. Explain that open-mindedness to new ideas is crucial to the development of critical thinking skills and that closure is not always achieved in intellectual discourse. (11)