Moving Toward Health: Holistic Medicine Pathways

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Fall 2017
Winter 2018
Credits per quarter

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acupuncture, holistic medicine

This interdisciplinary program will explore the underlying unity and the unique cultural distinctness that can be found throughout our world’s diverse global narratives about the capacity of human beings to move between disease and health. The program, based on the fields of psychology and Classical Chinese Medicine, will focus on the study of health psychology and integrated anatomy. We will look at the work of health psychologists in teaching, research and clinical settings to promote physical, mental and social well-being. Our study of integrated anatomy will include how organs and functions of the human body are understood by both evidence-based medicine and traditional holistic medical models from ancient civilizations from the East (including China, India and Japan) and the West (including Greco-Hellenic and Hebraic models). The program will also provide a survey of the contemporary landscape of complementary and alternative health care modalities and career paths. Throughout the program, we will recognize that our individual choices can help us create both personal health and a sustainable environment.

In fall quarter, we will explore systems of health and healing from multicultural medical perspectives using neurobiological and ecopsychological lenses. We will explore the synergistic relationship between planetary and personal well-being. We'll also explore interdisciplinary ways of promoting health, including communication, health care practices, the use of food and herbs as medicine, and engagement with social issues. In winter, students will design their own health-based project studies while continuing to explore cultural systems of health from both Eastern and Western paradigms.

Students will have an opportunity to learn in many ways in diverse modalities, including working with multiple intelligences and mindfulness practices. We will integrate somatic learning into our studies, including movement, qigong (a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control), and expressive arts workshops. Our inquiry will ask us to attune ourselves to the wisdom that is available and present in our mind-body awareness. We will participate in community readings, rigorous writing assignments, and critical study of important texts. Some of the authors we will read include Dr. Norman Doidge, Paul Pitchford, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Dr. Diane Connelly, Harriet  Beinfield, and Efram Korngold.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: health care professions and psychology

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers 25 - 49% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

$60 per quarter for art supplies, self-help charts for energy medicine, and Lunar New year celebration and an optional $125 for an acutonics tuning fork.

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

Final schedule and room assignment:


Advertised schedule:

First class meeting: Tuesday, September 26 at 10am (Sem II D3105)

2017-11-21This program will accept new enrollment with faculty signature.
2017-05-15Description has been updated.
2017-05-10This program is offered for 14 credits (formerly 16 credits).
2017-03-09This program is now Sophomore through Senior.