General Course Information for IHC 600: Intro to Complementary Healing

Course: IHC 600 - Intro to Complementary Healing
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Course Description: Introduction to complementary and healing practices and opportunities to explore these practices. The cultural context of healing traditions and specific practices such as Chinese medicine, energy healing, mind-body healing, healing environments, spirituality and healing, naturopathy, homeopathy, manual therapies, and integrative nutrition will be examined.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Differentiate between allopathic and complementary and integrative health care.
  • Describe the differences between spirituality and religion.
  • Explain the role of honesty, gratitude, services, faith, attitudes, attention, and healing spirituality.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and implications of mind-body modalities, including relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, and imagery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and implications of manual therapies, including osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, massage, energy work, therapeutic touch, and other forms of bodywork.
  • Discuss the elements of a basic diet and a therapeutic diet.
  • Discuss the common themes of herbalism.
  • Describe issues related to the use of herbs, antioxidants, and phytonutrients in integrative medicine.
  • Describe the elements and implications of energy healing.
  • Describe the elements and implications of Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and Qi cultivation.
  • Describe the benefits of humor and ways to cultivate humor.
  • Explain the elements and implications of Ayurvedic medicine, including the theoretical foundations, therapeutics, and pharmaceutics.
  • Describe the theoretical basis and methodology of homeopathy.
  • Describe the theoretical basis and methodology of naturopathy.
  • Describe the key elements of healing environments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and implications of holistic stress management, including health assessment, exercise, stress responses and reduction measure, aromatherapy, and work-life balance.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures