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Integrative Health & Wellbeing Coaching M.A.

Spirituality & Healing, Center for
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Contact Information
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing C591 Mayo Memorial Building 420 Delaware St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 38
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Arts
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Health coaching is an emerging method of partnering with clients to achieve their overall goals. It is practiced from a holistic perspective that views each person as intrinsically whole and the ultimate expert in his or her healing journey. Health coaching is being offered in a wide range of venues including hospitals, clinics, community health and fitness facilities, corporations, educational institutions, and private practices. The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is a pioneer in the field of health coaching, working to advance education, research and care model innovation. The master's of arts degree is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in either a healthcare or non-healthcare field. Students without healthcare backgrounds are eligible for admission with the prior completion of required prerequisites. The degree is designed for students who wish to further their education so that they may hold positions of responsibility coaching individuals and groups, initiating and leading new coaching service lines, and developing outcomes assessments for coaching initiatives. Although the instruction is based on research in the field, this Plan B degree is not intended to provide intensive research training and is understood to be a terminal degree. The degree consists of 38 credits of coursework, including 6 credits of electives, and a minimum 2-credit project that is presented in both verbal and written format prior to graduation. Elective credits may be chosen from CSPH courses or students may complete a minor from other departments, if approved by their academic adviser. In all cases, the student's faculty advisor will work with the student in designing a program plan that accommodates the student's unique learning objectives. The program is structured to prepare a wide variety of students to be skilled and knowledgeable advocates and support agents for individuals on their path to greater health and healing. Students must be able to demonstrate the following competencies prior to being admitted into the Advanced Health Coaching Seminar: - Demonstrate appropriate knowledge of major health problems. - Demonstrate familiarity with the routine mechanics of the conventional healthcare system and its processes. - Demonstrate basic knowledge of physical and psychological symptoms related to disease and treatment. - Demonstrate basic knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology of disease, and assessment of symptoms across the life span. Students whose previous coursework does not enable them to meet these competencies may arrange with the program director to do additional outside coursework during the first year of the program. University of Minnesota health coaching programs are accredited by the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (www.ncchwc.org). Students in the MA program are eligible to sit for National Board Certification when the required core courses are completed (CSPH 5701-5702-5703-5705-5706).
Program Delivery
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Bachelor's degree in a health-related field or a bachelor's in a non-health-related field with specific coursework in psychology, physiology, and statistics from an accredited institution.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
In addition to the University's online application, applicants submit a personal statement describing their goals for the program and their professional qualifications. This three to five page statement should focus on what led to the applicant's interest in health coaching as a professional activity, including a description of interest in, and experience with, holistic integrative health and healing. Three letters of recommendation, transcripts and a current CV or resume are also required. All items are uploaded into the University's online application. Selected applicants will be invited for admissions interviews.
Required prerequisites
Required Prerequisite Coursework
Previous coursework in basic psychology, human physiology, and statistics must have been completed. Statistics must be completed within 7 years prior to application. All prerequisites must be completed at an accredited institution for a grade equal to B (3.0) or better.
Special Application Requirements:
The M.A. is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in a health-related field, or for professionals without healthcare backgrounds who have extensive interest in working with individuals and groups to optimize wellbeing, assuming completion of required prerequisites. All applicants must have completed the prerequisite courses in Physiology, Statistics (within past 7 years) and Psychology before beginning core health coaching coursework the Fall semester of entrance. All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited institution with a grade equal to B (3.0) or better.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 32 to 38 major credits and 0 to 6 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:Culminating course for the master's of arts in integrative health and wellbeing coaching program. Students use coaching data collected during the Advanced Health Coaching Practicum, Health Coaching Professional Internship, or group health coaching course to write and orally present a research-informed concept analysis and retrospective narrative case report. Prerequisites: Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA student, CSPH 5701, 5702, 5703, 5704, 5706, 5707, 5709* (*may be taken concurrently).
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Up to 3 credits of CSPH courses at the 4xxx-level may be used for elective credits.
Core Required Coursework
Core courses require a grade of B (3.0) or higher, except CSPH 5705 and 8701, which require a grade of S. Final skills assessments for CSPH 5702, 5703, 5705 and 5709 must earn scores of at least 80%. If a core course or skills assessment is not successfully completed, students may be required at instructors' discretion to repeat the course and/or take CSPH 5712 for 1-2 credits for remediation within one calendar year. CSPH 5712 taken for remediation cannot be counted as an elective.
CSPH 5701 - Fundamentals of Health Coaching I (4.0 cr)
CSPH 5702 - Fundamentals of Health Coaching II (4.0 cr)
CSPH 5703 - Advanced Health Coaching Practicum (3.0 cr)
CSPH 5704 - Business of Health Coaching (2.0 cr)
CSPH 5705 - Health Coaching Professional Internship (2.0 cr)
CSPH 5706 - Lifestyle Medicine (2.0 cr)
CSPH 5707 - Coaching People with Clinical Conditions (2.0 cr)
CSPH 5709 - Health and Wellbeing Group Coaching (2.0 cr)
CSPH 8701 - Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA Capstone Project (2.0 cr)
Additional Required Coursework
Each additional required course must be taken on an A-F grading basis and requires a grade of B- or higher. Failure to earn at least a B- may result in required remediation work at the discretion of the instructor, the program director, and the director of graduate studies. Remediation work may include repeating the course for an acceptable grade within one calendar year.
CSPH 5101 - Introduction to Integrative Healing Practices (3.0 cr)
CSPH 5431 - Functional Nutrition: An Expanded View of Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Optimal Health (2.0 cr)
CSPH 5708 - Mind-Body Science and the Art of Transformation (1.0 cr)
KIN 5123 - Motivational Interventions in Physical Activity (3.0 cr)
Electives
Complete 6 CSPH credits. Up to 3 credits may be from 4xxx-level CSPH courses. Electives require a passing grade of C- or higher or S, provided an overall GPA of 3.0 is maintained.
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CSPH 4311 - Foundations of Hatha Yoga: Alignment & Movement Principles (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 4312 - Hatha Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, & Ethics (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 4313 - Hatha Yoga Teaching Principles & Methodology (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5000 - Explorations in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices (1.0-4.0 cr)
· CSPH 5102 - Art of Healing: Self as Healer (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 5111 - Ways of Thinking about Health (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5115 - Cultural Awareness, Knowledge and Health (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5118 - Whole Person, Whole Community: The Reciprocity of Wellbeing (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5121 - Whole Systems Healing: Health and the Environment (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5201 - Spirituality and Resilience (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5211 - Peacemaking and Spirituality: A Journey Toward Healing and Strength (2.0-3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5212 - Peacebuilding Through Mindfulness: Transformative Dialogue in the Global Community (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5215 - Forgiveness and Healing: A Journey Toward Wholeness (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5225 - Meditation: Integrating Body and Mind (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5226 - Advanced Meditation: Body, Brain, Mind, and Universe (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 5311 - Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5313 - Acupressure (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 5315 - Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5317 - Yoga: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5318 - Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga in India (4.0 cr)
· CSPH 5319 - Yoga and Ayurveda in India (4.0 cr)
· CSPH 5331 - Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5332 - Global Healing Traditions: Amazonia Plant Spirit Medicine (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5341 - Overview of Indigenous Hawaiian Healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5343 - Ayurveda Medicine: The Science of Self-healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5401 - People, Plants, and Drugs: Introduction to Ethnopharmacology (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5421 - Botanical Medicines in Integrative Healthcare (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5423 - Botanical Medicines: Foundations and Practical Applications (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 5431 - Functional Nutrition: An Expanded View of Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Optimal Health (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5503 - Aromatherapy Fundamentals (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 5511 - Interdisciplinary Palliative Care: An Experiential Course in a Community Setting (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5512 - Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5513 - Living Well, Dying Well: Empowering Patient Communication at the End of Life (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5521 - Therapeutic Landscapes (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5522 - Therapeutic Horticulture (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5523 - Applications in Therapeutic Horticulture (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5533 - Introduction to Energy Healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5535 - Reiki Healing (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 5536 - Advanced Reiki Healing: Level II (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 5541 - Emotional Healing and Happiness: Eastern and Western Approaches to Transforming the Mind (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5555 - Introduction to Body and Movement-based Therapies (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5561 - Overview of the Creative Arts in Health and Healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5601 - Music, Health and Healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5605 - Movement and Music for Well-being and Healing (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5631 - Healing Imagery I (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5641 - Animals in Health Care: The Healing Dimensions of Human/Animal Relationships (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5642 - Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5643 - Horse as Teacher: Intro to Nature-Based Therapeutics Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5711 - Optimal Healing Environments (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5712 - Supervised Health Coaching Skills Advancement (1.0-2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5713 - Health Coaching for Health Professionals (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5805 - Wellbeing in the Workplace (3.0 cr)
· CSPH 5806 - Wellbeing and Resiliency for Health Professionals (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 5807 - Mindfulness in the Workplace: Pause, Practice, Perform (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 5905 - Food Matters: Cook Like Your Life Depends On It (1.0 cr)
· CSPH 6000 - Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Topics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· CSPH 8101 - Critiquing and Synthesizing Complementary and Alternative Healing Practices (CAHP) Research (2.0 cr)
· CSPH 8191 - Independent Study in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices (1.0-6.0 cr)
 
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CSPH 5701 - Fundamentals of Health Coaching I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Tenets of health coaching model. Tools for self development, deep listening, communication. Building blocks for optimal health from holistic perspective. How to identify/benchmark stages/patterns of change, interface with interdisciplinary health care providers, educate clients on self-care practices. prereq: admitted to Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA program; or, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching track; or, instr consent.
CSPH 5702 - Fundamentals of Health Coaching II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Basic tenets of health coaching model. Tools for self development, deep listening, and effective communication. Core building blocks for optimal health from a holistic perspective. Identifying/benchmarking stages/patterns of change, interfacing with interdisciplinary health care providers, locating resources to assist clients in decision making, and educating clients on self-care practices. prereq: CSPH 5701; admitted to Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA program; or, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching track; or, instr consent.
CSPH 5703 - Advanced Health Coaching Practicum
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Case-based. Identify/utilize broad-based resources in guiding/supporting individual client cases. Application of theory/process from earlier courses. Ethical issues, professional boundaries, referral processes, client selection. prereq: 5101, 5701, 5702, admitted to Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA; or, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching track.
CSPH 5704 - Business of Health Coaching
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Applying health coaching knowledge/skills in service delivery venues or private practice. Starting business. Business models. Student determine structure/venue appropriate for them. Legal/ethical considerations. prereq: 5101, 5701, 5702, admitted to Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA; or, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching track; or inst consent.
CSPH 5705 - Health Coaching Professional Internship
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
120 hours of health coaching practice. Students work with individual clients in acute/longitudinal encounters, provide wellness teaching, design career plan. Prerequisite CSPH 5701, 5702, 5703; admitted to Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA; or, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching track [CSPH 5101, 5704 recommended]
CSPH 5706 - Lifestyle Medicine
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This course provides a foundation in the theory and clinical application of lifestyle medicine. Lifestyle medicine aims to address the behavioral and lifestyle bases of common illnesses through health promoting activities and reducing harmful behaviors. In this course, we will explore optimal nutrition, lifestyle, physical activity, and attitude. We will examine the emerging evidence base of lifestyle medicine and how it relates to health promotion and disease prevention. Participants will be introduced to common laboratory and imaging findings, and how they relate to optimal health. prereq: basic course in Biology or Human Physiology.
CSPH 5707 - Coaching People with Clinical Conditions
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
This course provides the student with a basic awareness and expanded perception of prevalent clinical conditions, and supports the development of empathy. It equips the student with best practice coaching skills to use with a client managing one or more clinical conditions. And it supports the development of professional communication skills. prereq: CSPH 5701, 5702 and 5706; practicing health professional admitted to one of the following programs: Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching Master's or Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching track, or instructor consent.
CSPH 5709 - Health and Wellbeing Group Coaching
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The Group Coaching course expands the competencies of the Health Coach from the one-to-one coaching process to a group format. Theories and tools of group coaching will be applied to facilitating a group coaching process in the community. Course progress will include: Foundations of Group Coaching; Developing Group Coaching Skills; Application of Group Coaching Skills to a Community Organization; Expanding Theory and Application of Group Coaching. Prereq admission to Integrative Health & Wellbeing MA or graduate of Certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices-Health Coaching program or instructor approval; CSPH 5701,5702,5706; recommended CSPH 5707; or instructor approval.
CSPH 8701 - Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA Capstone Project
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Culminating course for the master of arts in integrative health and wellbeing coaching program. Students use coaching data collected during the Advanced Health Coaching practicum, Health Coaching Professional internship, or Group Health Coaching course to write and orally present a research-informed concept analysis and retrospective narrative case report. prereq: Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA student, CSPH 5701, 5702, 5703, 5704, 5706, 5707, 5709.
CSPH 5101 - Introduction to Integrative Healing Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Cultural contexts of healing traditions. Integrative therapies presented by practitioners, including traditional Chinese medicine, meditation, mind-body healing, spiritual practices, energy healing, naturopathy, herbalism, movement therapies, homeopathy, manual therapies, nutrition. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student; or instructor consent
CSPH 5431 - Functional Nutrition: An Expanded View of Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Optimal Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Principles of nutrition related to metabolic function. Model attempts to reduce chronic disease by looking for underlying causes/triggers and to intervene to restore function and achieve optimal health. Emphasizes importance of nutrition as a component of self-care. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student] in Health Sciences or instr consent
CSPH 5708 - Mind-Body Science and the Art of Transformation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Explore how utilizing transformative practices changes in our physical brain, thoughts, beliefs, bodies, emotions and paradigms and create sustainable shifts towards optimal health, wellness and living. This course will include knowledge and discoveries from multiple disciplines including but are not limited to psychologists, scientists, quantum physicist, philosophers, healers, educators. The mind-body research has accelerated dramatically in the past couple decades and will provide students with an opportunity to discover new ways of understanding our human brains and bodies. This in turn provides new insight and innovation into human behavior and sustainable transformative change.
KIN 5123 - Motivational Interventions in Physical Activity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Psychological principles related to physical activity (PA). Delivery of motivational interventions for physical activity. Motivational PA interventions. Two papers, one presentation, two exams. prereq: 3126W or grad student
CSPH 4311 - Foundations of Hatha Yoga: Alignment & Movement Principles
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Anatomical considerations/understanding critical to executing safe/effective Hatha Yoga instruction. Overview of human gross anatomy/bodily systems essential to Hatha Yoga. First in sequence of three courses in University of Minnesota Yoga Teachers Education & Training Sequence. Students who complete sequence may be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance as 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. prereq: [Prerequisite PsTL 1135 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent], instr consent (prerequisite course may be taken concurrently)
CSPH 4312 - Hatha Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, & Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
History, tradition, philosophy of Hatha Yoga with emphasis on ethical practice of Hatha Yoga. Study of classical/modern text. Foundational concepts of how to use knowledge to facilitate strong Yoga Asana, Pranayama, meditation practice. Second course in sequence of three (3) courses in University of Minnesota Yoga Teachers' Education & Training Sequence. prereq: 4311
CSPH 4313 - Hatha Yoga Teaching Principles & Methodology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Communication/sequencing principles necessary for teaching effective, safe Hatha Yoga classes. Use knowledge/skills gained during prerequisite two Hatha Yoga courses. Practice skills through participation in Service Learning. Third course in sequence of three (3) courses in University of Minnesota Yoga Teachers' Education & Training Sequence. prereq: 4311, 4312
CSPH 5000 - Explorations in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Research and practice on therapies, delivery of complementary therapies and, regulatory issues. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5102 - Art of Healing: Self as Healer
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to individual transformational journey as part of health science education. Students become aware of their responsibility/resources to facilitate development of the self. Research data, experience of self that is part psychoneuroimmunology, mind-body-spirit approaches. Lecture, scientific literature, meditation, imagery, drawing, group interaction. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5111 - Ways of Thinking about Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cultural contexts explored through field-trip immersion experiences. Aspects of different health care systems. Indigenous North American, Vedic, traditional Chinese, biomedicine. Writing assignment. prereq: [Jr, Sr, or grad student standing], instr consent
CSPH 5115 - Cultural Awareness, Knowledge and Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
How knowledge can become resource for individual, family, community health. Interactive glimpse of wisdom of cultural communities. Develop capacity to see culture within professional education/practice. Cultural constructs underpinning medical system, role of culture in interaction between practitioner/patient, role of reconnection to cultural heritage in healing. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5118 - Whole Person, Whole Community: The Reciprocity of Wellbeing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course explores the symbiotic and reciprocal relationship between individual and community health and wellbeing, as well as the many factors/forces which influence that relationship. Drawing upon recent studies in the area of reciprocal/symbiotic effects between individual wellbeing and community wellbeing, this course will include the following core topics: definitions of community and related dimensions of wellbeing, importance of Individual/Community reciprocity (Social Justice, Equity, Safety, and Trust), historical trauma and healing, and individual action and personal empowerment in community transformation. Utilizing elements of the Center for Spirituality & Healing's Wellbeing model and modes of contemplative practice, this course will ultimately assist learners through phases of individual reflection and mindfulness for the purpose of creating more open and reciprocal relationships with entities they describe as their communities. An extension of recent studies in the area of the reciprocal (or rippling) effect between individual wellbeing and community wellbeing this course will guide individuals in identifying the various communities in which they live or participate, the roles they "play" within those communities and why/ how this knowledge can help prepare them for action and leadership. Main themes of the course will include: - Mindfulness, Reflection and Healing: Historical Trauma and Marginalization. - Roles and Reciprocity: Justice, Equity, Security and Trust between individuals and their communities. - Transformation: Individual Action/Leadership as Bridge between Personal and Community Wellbeing.
CSPH 5121 - Whole Systems Healing: Health and the Environment
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Selected interfaces between human health and the environment. Using complexity theory as a theoretical framework, students use phenomenological methodologies to analyze and describe the interrelated dynamics of human and natural systems. Case studies. Develop strategies to optimize the healthy functioning of human/environmental systems. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
CSPH 5201 - Spirituality and Resilience
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Links between resilience and spirituality. Applications of resilience/health realization model to students' personal/professional lives. Review of literature, theory, and research. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5211 - Peacemaking and Spirituality: A Journey Toward Healing and Strength
Credits: 2.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Influence of spirituality upon process of resolving conflict and making peace in intense interpersonal/intrapersonal conflicts in multiple health care and social work settings, including in families, between patients/clients and nurses/social workers, within communities, among friends, between co-workers, or within ourselves. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5212 - Peacebuilding Through Mindfulness: Transformative Dialogue in the Global Community
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Contemplative/mindfulness practice. Tapping into reservoir of strength, compassion, and wisdom that fosters expressions of unconditional love, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Shifting from ego centered cognitive analysis/assessment to heart centered presence and deep listening grounded in humility/compassion. Native American circle process, including use of talking piece. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5215 - Forgiveness and Healing: A Journey Toward Wholeness
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Impact of forgiveness on process of inter-/intra-personal healing. Forgiveness/healing in health care and social work settings from multiple spiritual/secular traditions. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5225 - Meditation: Integrating Body and Mind
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Meditation as a physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual inquiry. Students examine a variety of texts and develop ability to enter a state of calm, meditative awareness. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5226 - Advanced Meditation: Body, Brain, Mind, and Universe
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students work to integrate meditation practice into daily life, cultivating awareness of the fundamental oneness of body, brain, mind, and universe. Mind-body interactions in health. "Hard problem" of consciousness in brain science. Emergence of compassion, wisdom, and healing in non-discursive awareness. prereq: [5225, [jr or sr or grad student]] or instr consent
CSPH 5311 - Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Philosophical roots of Shamanism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Influence of these philosophies on Chinese medicine. Evolution of concepts of the tao, Yin-Yang, microcosm, macrocosm. Development of herbal medicine, Tui Na, Qi Gong, acupuncture, moxibustion. Traditional Chinese medicine etiology of disease, physiology, diagnosis, therapy, disease prevention, ethics, psychology, cosmology. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5313 - Acupressure
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Principles/applications. Location, indications for use, and techniques of stimulation of acupressure points. Methods for self care and care of others. Treatment of pain conditions, chronic health conditions, palliative care, oncology, women's health care.
CSPH 5315 - Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Ethics, spirituality, and healing from perspective of traditional Tibetan medicine. Belief that illness results from imbalance and that treating illness requires correcting underlying imbalance. How to apply these principles, integrate them into clinical practice, and consult with a traditional Tibetan doctor. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5317 - Yoga: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
Students test claim that systematic yoga practice leads to optimal health. Yoga's philosophy, scientific evidence, practical application. Students propose research-based programs for integrating yoga into personal/professional life.
CSPH 5318 - Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga in India
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Students study with expert practitioners in India. Using critical thinking, philosophical knowledge, cultural practices, scientific evidence, and research-based programs to integrate these traditions into personal/professional life. prereq: [5315, 5317] or instr consent
CSPH 5319 - Yoga and Ayurveda in India
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Yoga and Ayurveda are interrelated, ancient, holistic Indian traditions that integrate ethics, spirituality, and healing. While studying with expert practitioners at the University of Minnesota and in India, students will examine the claim that the systematic practice of these traditions promotes healing and optimal health. prereq: CSPH 4311 (and instructor approval), CSPH 5317 or CSPH 5318 or instructor consent.
CSPH 5331 - Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
3 ½-day retreat intensive. Shamanic philosophies, ritual etiquette, Core beliefs common to all shamanic healing practices. Cross-cultural healing beliefs/practices, unique psychology for understanding them, their use with contemporary healing practices and for personal growth. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5332 - Global Healing Traditions: Amazonia Plant Spirit Medicine
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Non-biomedical traditional healing paradigms as practiced in other parts of the world. Focuses on indigenous healing practices in Peru as directed by a local shaman. prereq: [5331, [grad student or jr or sr in health science or practicing health professional]] or instr consent
CSPH 5341 - Overview of Indigenous Hawaiian Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Traditional Hawaiian healing. ho'olomilomi (massage), la'au lapa'au (herbal medicine) and ho'opoonopono (conflict resolution). Hawaiian epistemology, traditions, and cultural values compared with western. The science of traditional ecological knowledge for healing and self-reliance.
CSPH 5343 - Ayurveda Medicine: The Science of Self-healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of Ayurveda. Evidence-based information. Balance of body, mind and spirit for optimum health. Ayurvedic constitutional types. Herbal medicine, detoxification, massage. Personal plans for health and well-being. How Ayurveda is being integrated into health care settings.
CSPH 5401 - People, Plants, and Drugs: Introduction to Ethnopharmacology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Biologically active substances used in traditional cultures. Ethnopharmacology's past, current, and potential contributions to human knowledge. Concrete examples. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5421 - Botanical Medicines in Integrative Healthcare
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Widely-used botanical medicines from biomedical perspective. Alternative therapeutic systems presented according to bodily systems/processes. Evidence for therapeutic use. Botanical characteristics, traditional uses, chemical properties, dosage, hazards/safety issues, quality control. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5423 - Botanical Medicines: Foundations and Practical Applications
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
Theoretical underpinnings. Skills to gather, process, and apply selected local plants/herbs. Multi-sensory of herbalists. Empirical scientific evidence for key plants.
CSPH 5431 - Functional Nutrition: An Expanded View of Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Optimal Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Principles of nutrition related to metabolic function. Model attempts to reduce chronic disease by looking for underlying causes/triggers and to intervene to restore function and achieve optimal health. Emphasizes importance of nutrition as a component of self-care. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student] in Health Sciences or instr consent
CSPH 5503 - Aromatherapy Fundamentals
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
For health professional students/practicing health professionals. Essential oil therapy and current aromatherapy practices in clinical settings. Key safety/toxicity issues. Critique scientific/historical evidence about the therapeutic qualities of six essential oils in common use by the public and in clinical settings. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
CSPH 5511 - Interdisciplinary Palliative Care: An Experiential Course in a Community Setting
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Multidisciplinary student teams partner with interdisciplinary community hospice teams in delivery of care to patients in a variety of settings. Series of seminars employs self-analysis/case studies. prereq: instr consent
CSPH 5512 - Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Instructor consent
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course examines spiritual care as an essential component of providing palliative care across the life span. Students will explore spiritual assessment tools, spiritual care models, and formulate a spiritual care plan within an interdisciplinary team perspective. prereq: Instructor consent
CSPH 5513 - Living Well, Dying Well: Empowering Patient Communication at the End of Life
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Students will learn how to provide compassionate and effective care at the end of life, including appropriate communication with patients, families, and healthcare providers at crucial points of care. Students will also explore their own perspectives about end of life and learn the importance of self-care. The course will help students reframe end-of-life care from a focus on medical death to an emphasis on humane dying through reflection on values, hopes, and plans. Students will learn to support individuals through personal connection and the sharing of narratives and wisdom.
CSPH 5521 - Therapeutic Landscapes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles of therapeutic design for specific population requirements. Therapeutic landscape design. Incorporates interdisciplinary interaction between horticulture, landscape architecture, and health science departments. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student] in [health sciences or therapeutic recreation or horticulture or landscape architecture] or health professional or instr consent
CSPH 5522 - Therapeutic Horticulture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Central elements of therapeutic horticulture in context of multiple health care settings. Evidence-based history, principles, precepts, and practical application of therapeutic horticulture. Various plant/plant-related modalities from current research findings are related to populations, using therapeutic horticulture as a treatment intervention. prereq: 5101 or Hort 5072 or instr consent
CSPH 5523 - Applications in Therapeutic Horticulture
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Summer
How to develop comprehensive program plans in therapeutic horticulture. Evidence-based principles, facilitation techniques. Documentation, assessment, program development techniques, evaluation. Leadership training, program plan components, book reviews, readings, comprehensive exam.
CSPH 5533 - Introduction to Energy Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Healing techniques that use energetic systems in body to enhance body?s ability to heal. Therapeutic touch, healing touch, Reiki, acupuncture, reflexology, magnets, homeopathy, other modalities. Scientific theories on mechanisms of energetic medicine and ways to measure energy. Students interact with practitioners of energy healing. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5535 - Reiki Healing
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
History, principles, precepts, and practical application of Reiki energy healing. Alternative energy healing modalities, current research findings. Activation of the Reiki energy, hand positions to perform a treatment. Students provide Reiki treatments, discuss findings. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5536 - Advanced Reiki Healing: Level II
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles/application of Reiki energy healing. Four levels of healing. Emphasizes healing at spiritual level. Activation of Reiki energy. Symbols that allow for energy transfer through space/time. Using second level Reiki energy for both distance healing and standard Reiki treatment. Students provide Reiki treatments, discuss findings. Current literature, research findings. prereq: 5535, instr consent
CSPH 5541 - Emotional Healing and Happiness: Eastern and Western Approaches to Transforming the Mind
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Experiential training in the cultivation of happiness, emotional health, and healing for multi-disciplinary professions. Ancient/contemporary, eastern/western approaches. How to increase positive emotions and mind states. Meditation, integrative approaches. Case examples. prereq: Sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5555 - Introduction to Body and Movement-based Therapies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theories/approaches of selected somatic therapies, including dance, movement, and body-based therapies. Historic/theoretical perspectives on use of movement, dance, and somatic re-patterning. Demonstrations of techniques. Application of techniques to specific populations/settings. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5561 - Overview of the Creative Arts in Health and Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
How creative arts therapies are integrated into health care. Art therapy, poetry therapy, dance/movement therapy, music therapy. Guided experiential exercises, discussions, readings, individual learning interventions, lectures. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
CSPH 5601 - Music, Health and Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Music therapy, music medicine, music psychotherapy. Techniques/interventions. Hypotheses/rationale related to interventions. Related research. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5605 - Movement and Music for Well-being and Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Music therapy/medicine. Dance/movement therapy. Laban movement analysis. Somatic studies. Health care settings, patient populations, illnesses/diagnoses. Research surrounding approaches. Readings, lectures, discussion.
CSPH 5631 - Healing Imagery I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
How imagery and imagery interventions are implemented for healing and to promote health/well-being. Experience/create imagery interventions. Instructional strategies include experiential, discussions, readings, lecture, and individual learning interventions. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
CSPH 5641 - Animals in Health Care: The Healing Dimensions of Human/Animal Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
Central elements of animal assisted therapy in multiple health care settings. History, principles, and evidence-based guidelines. Community-based interventions, in-class demonstrations, field trips. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
CSPH 5642 - Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will cover the basic theories and approaches of Nature-Based Therapeutics including restorative environments, therapeutic horticulture, animal assisted interactions, therapeutic landscapes, forest bathing, green care farming, facilitated green exercise, wilderness therapy and ecopsychology. The course includes: 1) historic and theoretical perspectives 2) research into specific techniques 3) application of techniques to specific population and setting
CSPH 5643 - Horse as Teacher: Intro to Nature-Based Therapeutics Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: jr or sr or grad or #
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) and to the range of therapeutic and learning opportunities found within equine interactions. Five domains of practice in EAAT are covered and include physical, social, cognitive, psychological and spiritual contexts. The course presents historical and theoretical concepts which helped develop various types of EAATs, and how the growth of EAAT nationally and internationally has continued to mold the profession. Students will learn to describe safety guidelines, best practices as they are currently known, and precautions and contraindications in EAAT sessions. During a three-day face-to-face class, students will engage in hands-on learning with horses and apply course concepts and topics during this intensive. Students will evaluate peer-reviewed literature in EAAT research to identify the strengths and weaknesses of such published material. Students will synthesize reading, lecture and experiential learning to develop an EAAT plan for an assigned target group population. prereq: jr or sr or grad or instr consent
CSPH 5711 - Optimal Healing Environments
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development/implementation of optimal healing environments. Evidence base supporting structural, architectural, human, and care processes. Emphasizes identifying models of optimal healing environments and leadership strategies that support diffusion of innovation. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5712 - Supervised Health Coaching Skills Advancement
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Prereq admitted to Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching Master of Arts, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching Track; CSPH 5701; CSPH 5702; or instructor consent. This course provides Health Coaching students the opportunity to advance coaching skills/strategies through individual client practice under the supervision of an experienced Health Coaching instructor. The student health coach will engage in recorded in-person and/or telephone coaching sessions, and receive live feedback from the instructor. The student will assess their own integration of coaching skills through completion of self-skills assessment (level appropriate) that includes self-reflection. A final skills assessment (level appropriate) will be completed utilizing the standardized tool developed for the University of Minnesota Health Coaching program (developed in alignment with guidelines the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching).
CSPH 5713 - Health Coaching for Health Professionals
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Prereq enrolled in Doctor of Nursing Practice-Integrative Health and Healing track or other health professional program; or instr consent. This course explores the basic tenets of the four pillars of health coaching model: self-awareness, mindful presence, authentic communication, and safe/sacred space. Students will learn to identify/benchmark stages/patterns of change and to respectfully collaborate with interdisciplinary health care providers and facilitate clients ability to achieve sustainable lifestyle changes. Consistent, nonjudgmental application of a holistic perspective of optimal health and wellbeing in patient encounters will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will have the opportunity to observe and to practice applying tools and practices from motivational interviewing, emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry and non-violent communication. Students will identify the basic elements of an effective coach/client interchange in order to apply basic, effective coaching techniques. Students will be able to differentiate between health coaching, nurse education, case/disease management, and therapy. The course will discuss the importance of ongoing personal development in one's professional practice so that students may apply tools for self-reflection and personal growth in their own lives and work settings.
CSPH 5805 - Wellbeing in the Workplace
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Work and experiences in the workplace have a profound impact on many dimensions of individual and collective wellbeing, including a sense of purpose and meaning, financial and emotional security, quality of relationships and community, physical and emotional health, and the local and global environments. In this course, students will learn multi-disciplinary perspectives on key challenges in creating workplaces that contribute to greater wellbeing. Students will also reflect on their own personal experiences with wellbeing in their current and past work environments and examine strategies for enhancing wellbeing based on interdisciplinary theory and research. Specific topics include the importance of purpose and meaning at work, challenges in achieving work-life integration, the impact of technology on work expectations, and organizational change. This course is based on a whole-life, integrative model of wellbeing and draws from research and theory across the social, behavior, and health sciences.
CSPH 5806 - Wellbeing and Resiliency for Health Professionals
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will teach health professional students and health professionals self-care strategies that will improve their individual wellbeing and reduce the stress and burnout often experienced in these professions. Improving individual wellbeing will also contribute to greater wellbeing in the teams and systems in which these professionals work.
CSPH 5807 - Mindfulness in the Workplace: Pause, Practice, Perform
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An experiential course designed to teach core mindfulness skills while also exploring specific applications to the workplace setting. Explores key mindfulness traits and how they relate to essential workplace skills, such as resilience, task execution, critical analysis, intra/interpersonal growth, and leadership. The course will explore existing workplace programs and how corporate culture can be a barrier or a catalyst for adoption of mindfulness principles. From the perspective of the workplace and academic literature, students will gain an understanding of how to practically apply evidence-based techniques to help them succeed on the job.
CSPH 5905 - Food Matters: Cook Like Your Life Depends On It
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course examines the role of food as it bears on the current acute care approach to health and healing, the predominance of chronic disease and the important role that lifestyle (physical activity, stress, sleep, diet) has on all aspects of well being. For healthcare students and future practitioners, this course will support the development of personal food and cooking skills. This will allow them to serve as models to patients, as well as provide tools, resources and applications to support and guide patients in addressing their own diet and cooking challenges, specifically as they pertain to improving their health outcomes. Provides an in-depth exploration of dietary trends, their risks and benefits in relation to current health concerns such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc. Also examines the impact of the Standard American Diet (“SAD”) on these public and personal health problems linked to diet and lifestyle. Analyzes the components of a food system including how production, distribution and consumption of food are interrelated.
CSPH 6000 - Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Topics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Prerequisites: Grad student or #
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics-based exploration/research on integrative therapies/healing practices. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
CSPH 8101 - Critiquing and Synthesizing Complementary and Alternative Healing Practices (CAHP) Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Seminar. Students evaluate peer-reviewed literature in complementary/alternative healing practices (CAHP) research. Identifying strengths/weaknesses of published research, synthesizing findings from multiple studies. prereq: Grad student
CSPH 8191 - Independent Study in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual study with faculty guidance. Students write proposal, including outcome objectives/work plan. Faculty member directs work, evaluates project. prereq: instr consent