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Integrative Therapies & Healing Practices Minor

Spirituality & Healing, Center for
School of Nursing
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Contact Information
Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, Mayo Memorial Building, Room C591, MMC 505, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-9459; fax: 612-626-5280)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 8
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The Minor in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices is an innovative, interdisciplinary program designed to expose students to a global range of integrative, complementary, cross-cultural, and spiritual healing practices. The program enables students to acquire advanced knowledge and skills to enhance their academic and professional careers, their own lives, and the lives of their patients. Courses augment the preparation of students in health sciences and other disciplines, by developing knowledge and skills in the emerging field of integrative healthcare. Specifically, the minor provides students with a theoretical basis for applying integrative therapies and healing practices; prepares students to evaluate research in integrative therapies and healing practices; and prepares students to work collaboratively in a multicultural, pluralistic healthcare system. The curriculum includes a core introductory course that provides the theoretical foundation for the minor. Students choose additional courses in clinical applications, spirituality, or cross-cultural health and healing. Students are encouraged to choose these elective credits from courses consistent with their academic training and professional goals. The program draws upon the rich expertise of University and community-based faculty who encourage and challenge students to discover new ways of caregiving, and to cultivate diverse skills that will transform their life's work, experiences, and relationships with others.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The minor is designed for graduate students pursuing healthcare or other majors who are seeking to deepen their understanding of integrative therapies and healing practices.
Graduate students come from wide-ranging backgrounds and careers, including nursing, pharmacy, medicine, nutrition, psychology, physical therapy, liberal studies, social work, and public health.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements. Note that students may not use course credits to satisfy requirements for both a major and the minor.
Required Course
All students complete the Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices course.
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CSPH 5101 - Introduction to Integrative Healing Practices (3.0 cr)
Elective Options
AMaster's students complete at least 5 credits and doctoral students complete at least 9 credits to complete the minor.
CSPH 5000 - Explorations in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices (1.0-4.0 cr)
or CSPH 5102 - Art of Healing: Self as Healer (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5111 - Ways of Thinking about Health (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5115 - Cultural Awareness, Knowledge and Health (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5118 - Whole Person, Whole Community: The Reciprocity of Wellbeing (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5121 - Planetary Health & Global Climate Change: A Whole Systems Healing Approach (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5201 - Spirituality and Resilience (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5212 - Peacebuilding Through Mindfulness: Transformative Dialogue in the Global Community (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5215 - Forgiveness and Healing: A Journey Toward Wholeness (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5225 - Meditation: Integrating Body and Mind (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5226 - Advanced Meditation: Body, Brain, Mind, and Universe (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5303 - Pain Management and Evidence Based Complementary Health Approaches (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5305 - Introduction to Integrative Mental Health (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5307 - Integrative Nursing: Application across Settings and Populations (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5313 - Acupressure (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5315 - Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5317 - Yoga: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5318 - Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga in India (4.0 cr)
or CSPH 5319 - Yoga and Ayurveda in India (4.0 cr)
or CSPH 5331 - Foundations of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5341 - Overview of Indigenous Hawaiian Healing (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5343 - Ayurveda Medicine: The Science of Self-healing (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5401 - People, Plants, and Drugs: Introduction to Ethnopharmacology (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5421 - Botanical Medicines in Integrative Healthcare (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5423 - Botanical Medicines: Foundations and Practical Applications (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5431 - Functional Nutrition: An Expanded View of Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Optimal Health (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5503 - Aromatherapy Fundamentals (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5521 - Therapeutic Landscapes (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5522 - Therapeutic Horticulture (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5535 - Reiki Healing (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5536 - Advanced Reiki Healing: Level II (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5541 - Emotional Healing and Happiness: Eastern and Western Approaches to Transforming the Mind (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5555 - Introduction to Body and Movement-based Therapies (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5561 - Overview of the Creative Arts in Health and Healing (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5601 - Music, Health and Healing (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5631 - Healing Imagery I (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5641 - Animals in Health Care: The Healing Dimensions of Human/Animal Relationships (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5642 - Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5643 - Horse as Teacher: Intro to Nature-Based Therapeutics Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5701 - Fundamentals of Health Coaching I (4.0 cr)
or CSPH 5706 - Lifestyle Medicine (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5708 - Mind-Body Science and the Art of Transformation (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5711 - Optimal Healing Environments (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5712 - Supervised Health Coaching Skills Advancement (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5713 - Health Coaching for Health Professionals (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5805 - Wellbeing in the Workplace (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5806 - Wellbeing and Resiliency for Health Professionals (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 5807 - Mindfulness in the Workplace: Pause, Practice, Perform (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5905 - Food Matters: Cook Like Your Life Depends On It (1.0 cr)
or CSPH 8191 - Independent Study in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices (1.0-6.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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CSPH 5101 - Introduction to Integrative Healing Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
By the end of the course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the overall field of integrative healing practices, which includes both integrative and alternative (CAM) therapies. The course will cover theoretical framework, safety, efficacy, and evidence for various therapies and practices. The online version of this course is an approved 1Health Interprofessional Education (IPE) activity. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student; or instructor consent
CSPH 5000 - Explorations in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
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
The initiation of a healer in ancient cultures was a rigorous process that included a personal journey of inner development and transformation that paralleled the learning of the cognitive and physical healing techniques. This course will introduce the student to the concept of the individual transformational journey. The science of mind-body-spirit approaches will be explored through a variety of methods including lecture, scientific literature review, meditation, imagery, journal writing and social support through group interaction. The students will have an opportunity to explore various aspects of self-knowledge, self-awareness, transpersonal (non-local) experiences, and the paradoxical mysteries that will prepare them for their student and personal lives. 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
This course is your opportunity to examine, challenge, and critically reflect upon your thinking about health. ?Micro-immersion experience? offers you an opportunity to explore different understandings of health through interactions with cultural communities. The brief immersions facilitate experiential glimpses into fundamentally different worldviews and systems of thought that are often excluded by the scientific/professional models emphasized on campus. Critical thinking, critical reflection, and supplemental readings support your effort to step into culturally different knowledge systems and mental models of health and well-being. Confronting cultural difference in this way offers a powerful mirror through which your own tacit perspective, thinking and assumptions of health become more visible and explicit. You are asked to challenge your own thinking as you attempt to inhabit different cognitive worlds. We will do our best to create a space that encourages us to share with sincerity our thoughts and emerging insights with one another in class de-briefing conversations. These de-briefings allow you benefit from each other?s take on the immersion experiences as you develop your own personal philosophy, narrative, and understanding of health. prereq: jr, sr, grad, or 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 - Planetary Health & Global Climate Change: A Whole Systems Healing Approach
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Our personal health, along with the health of the human social systems we inhabit, are inextricably entwined with the wellbeing of local and global environmental systems. Living systems (including social, biological, and environmental) are complex adaptive systems that are self-organizing and give rise to emergent properties within a wider ?ecosystemic? context. To effect beneficial and sustainable changes within such systems, leaders must apply (and embody) ecosystemic principles. This course will help students learn how to understand?and to effect sustainable change in?the complex systems in their lives: personal, social, and environmental. Students will explore and develop leadership strategies and skills, using complexity theory as a theoretical framework. We are facing a multifaceted global/planetary crisis. The evidence is clear that Global Climate Change is primarily driven by human behaviors. Drawing upon the new science of Complex Systems, it is also evident that human social systems (economic, political, and cultural) are impelling us towards a planetary ?bifurcation point.? Our only hope to avoid multiple systems collapse is to make deep changes in these systems. Rigid, top-down approaches based on linear and mechanistic paradigms are ill-suited to transformative leadership, which facilitates an open-ended process of organic change. This course helps students develop transformative leadership capacities that are applicable within all types of organizations, within a wide variety of roles and positions. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student, or instructor consent
CSPH 5201 - Spirituality and Resilience
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
In-depth exploration of resilience, spirituality, and the link between them. Specific applications of resilience and health realization principles applied to students? personal and professional lives. Relevant literature, theory and research will be explored. This class examines natural resilience and our inner landscape. Discussions are reflective, instructive, and thought provoking. We explore life experiences, examine relevant resilience and spiritual literature, and discover how we operate from the inside out in ordinary life. We learn, live, and share basic principles behind resilience. The study is applicable in a wide variety of disciplines from helping professions, scientific endeavors, education, to business and more. These lessons are applicable in both personal and professional life. prereq: Jr or Sr or Grad, or instructor consent
CSPH 5212 - Peacebuilding Through Mindfulness: Transformative Dialogue in the Global Community
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the core principles and practices of peacebuilding through restorative dialogue, using a mindfulness-based approach, in the context of multiple interpersonal, community, national, and international settings. prereq: Jr or Sr or Grad, or instructor consent.
CSPH 5215 - Forgiveness and Healing: A Journey Toward Wholeness
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will examine the impact of forgiveness on the process of interpersonal and intrapersonal healing, as well as healing of conflict and trauma at the intergroup level. Forgiveness and healing will be examined in the context of intense interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts in multiple health care and social work settings, including in families, between physicians and nurses, between patients/clients and nurses/social workers, within communities, among friends, between co-workers, or within ourselves. Forgiveness will also be examined in the larger global context and how principles and practices of forgiveness are being applied in some of the most entrenched political and violent conflicts, such as in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Liberia, Rwanda, and Israel/Palestine. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the central elements of forgiveness and healing in the context of multiple micro and macro life settings. The concepts of forgiveness and healing will be examined from multiple spiritual and secular traditions. The underlying philosophical elements of forgiveness and healing will be critically assessed and beliefs and rituals from numerous indigenous and European traditions will be presented and examined. The focus will be upon gaining a more grounded understanding of the process of forgiveness and its potential impact upon emotional and relational healing. The concepts of forgiveness and healing will be addressed in a very broad and inclusive manner, with no assumptions made related to their specific cultural context or meaning. Empirical studies that have examined the impact of forgiveness upon emotional and physical healing will be reviewed. Concepts such as forgiveness and healing are inseparable from the concept of spirituality. For the purposes of the course, spirituality is not synonymous with the dogma and creeds of the major religious traditions in the world, even though religion for many may serve as a pathway to spirituality. Practices within the major religions of the world that foster forgiveness and healing, however, will be explored, along with practices within Native American, Canadian Aboriginal, Native Hawaiian, African, New Zealand Maori, and Eastern cultural 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: Every Fall
The class approaches meditation as a physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual inquiry. Students read selections in a variety of relevant texts and develop the 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, Spring & Summer
Students will work to integrate meditation practice into daily life, cultivating awareness of the fundamental oneness of body, brain, mind, and universe. Attention will be given to mind-body synergy in health, the ?hard problem? of consciousness in neuroscience, and the emergence of compassion, wisdom, and healing in non-discursive awareness. prereq: CSPH 5225, jr or sr or grad student, or instr consent
CSPH 5303 - Pain Management and Evidence Based Complementary Health Approaches
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will cover the evidence regarding effectiveness and safety of CIH practices, and the relationship of CIH to contemporary views of pain, health, and healing. There is a growing evidence base to support some complementary and integrative healing (CIH) approaches for pain management including yoga, mindfulness meditation, chiropractic, and others. In the US, chronic pain impacts over one third of the population and affects more individuals than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. While there is a wide range of conventional medical treatments available to manage pain, many are only marginally effective and are associated with troublesome side effects. Of growing concerns is the endemic problem of opioids associated with misuse, addiction, and fatal overdose. Pain sufferers and health providers need effective and safe options for pain management. Some complementary and integrative healing (CIH) approaches have a growing evidence base to support their use, particularly for pain management. This course will introduce students to the theories, mechanisms, use, effectiveness, and safety of commonly used complementary and integrative healing practices. The relationship of CIH approaches to contemporary views and research regarding pain, health and healing, and placebo effects will also be explored. Through reading, reflection, discussion, and critical appraisal, students will develop the necessary skills to synthesize different forms of information, including research, to reach evidence-informed and balanced conclusions regarding CIH for managing pain, restoring function, and enhancing overall health and wellbeing. CIH approaches covered will include: whole systems (Traditional Chinese Medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, Ayurvedic Medicine, etc.); mind-body practices (contemplative and meditative practices; yoga, tai chi, Qigong, etc.); manipulative and body-based approaches (massage therapy, acupuncture, manipulation); and energy-based approaches (energy medicine, Reiki, therapeutic touch, healing touch). Upon completion of the course, students will have a foundational knowledge of CIH for pain management and the skills to critically appraise and determine the trustworthiness of different information sources. Prerequisite: Graduate or Professional program student.
CSPH 5305 - Introduction to Integrative Mental Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Prerequisite: Graduate or Professional student. This course focuses on introducing students to the concept of integrative mental health (IMH). Definitions of IMH, the history and background of the concept, and how it relates to psychiatric care and health care in general will be explored. Students will explore and practice risk-benefit profiles of different modalities in the context of evidence-based mental health care. An emphasis will be placed on the connection between physical and mental health and how that can be approached from an integrative perspective. Topics such as mindfulness and mental health, nutrition and mental health, herbs and supplements in psychiatric care, and the role of functional medicine in IMH will be covered, as well as how psychotherapy and psychotropic medications fit in the IMH framework. Students will review the current diagnostic system for mental health disorders and that can both help and hinder an integrative approach to mental health care. Integrative approaches for assessing mental health concerns will be reviewed, and how to use these approaches alongside a traditional medical approach for maximum benefit will be explored. Students will further review specific modalities for mental health and wellbeing that are less focused on specific systems and more focused on holism and the interplay of systems. Students will also identity and explore different ways of viewing mental health and wellbeing based on cultural and geographical issues, and how these may impact the approaches.
CSPH 5307 - Integrative Nursing: Application across Settings and Populations
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Prerequisites: registered nurse, graduate level registration only. Principles and application of integrative nursing will provide learners with skills that can be immediately applied to nursing practice, advanced nursing practice, and nurse leadership. Clinical case studies and interactive discussion will be used for students to learn how to practice integratively in their current healthcare role or to develop into a new role or paradigm. Case studies will be individualized to fit the needs of all learners for applicable skill building.
CSPH 5313 - Acupressure
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Open to health professional graduate students or practicing healthcare professionals. Undergraduate students with specific prior coursework may be admitted with instructor approval. By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and applications of Acupressure as a component within the theory of East Asian Medicine. Students will learn the location, indications for use and techniques of stimulation of acupressure points in sequences specific to common physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. Methods for both self-care and the care of others will be the primary focus of learning. Special focus will be given to the treatment of pain conditions, chronic health conditions, palliative care, oncology, women?s health care, and mental-emotional wellbeing. Current literature and research findings will also be discussed.
CSPH 5315 - Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will introduce students to ethics, spirituality, and healing from the perspective of traditional Tibetan medicine. Traditional Tibetan doctors believe that illness results from imbalance and that treating illness requires correcting the underlying imbalance. Students will learn how to apply these principles personally, 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 Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will introduce students to ethics, spirituality, and healing from the perspective of Yoga, an ancient Indian discipline. Students will examine the claim that systematic Yoga practice leads to optimal health. Using critical thinking, students will evaluate philosophical knowledge, scientific evidence, and practical application, and propose research-based programs for integrating Yoga into personal and professional life. Prereq jr or sr or grad; or instructor consent
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
In this fundamentals course, students will learn essential elements of the non-biomedical shamanic ?life-way? at the foundation of all shamanism. Participants will study shamanic beliefs about the individual?s role in life, community, and the universe, and how these ideas are at the core of all shamanic healing practices. They will study cross-cultural healing beliefs and practices, the unique psychology necessary to understand them, and how these approaches may be used with contemporary healing practices and for personal growth. This course provides a core understanding of shamanic philosophies and ritual etiquette, properly preparing students to continue in deeper personal study and/or to more optimally participate in an experiential cultural immersion (e.g. via a Global Healing Traditions course.) prereq: Jr or sr or grad student, or instr consent
CSPH 5341 - Overview of Indigenous Hawaiian Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on an introduction to traditional Hawaiian healing including ho?olomilomi (massage), la?au lapa?au (herbal medicine), and ho?opoonopono (conflict resolution). Cultural traditions such as oral history and the hula are examined in the context of their contribution to overall wellbeing and sustainability. Hawaiian cultural values are compared and contrasted with western values. Students will have the opportunity to meet with Hawaiian healers, visit culturally relevant sites and reflect on ways that indigenous and conventional practices contribute to health, healing and wellbeing. Prereq: Graduate students in health sciences programs, or instructor consent.
CSPH 5343 - Ayurveda Medicine: The Science of Self-healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will introduce students to the basic principles of Ayurveda, the Science of self-healing. It will also cover evidence-based information available on Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda emphasizes the balance of body, mind, and spirit to achieve the optimum health through natural means. Course content will include Ayurvedic constitutional types and practices including food, herbal medicine, detoxification, and massage. Students will examine how Ayurvedic principles and practices can be integrated into personal plans for health and well-being and how Ayurveda is being integrated into healthcare settings.
CSPH 5401 - People, Plants, and Drugs: Introduction to Ethnopharmacology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ethnopharmacology is the interdisciplinary science of medicinal plants or natural products utilized by humans. These people-plant (typically) relationships have historically and imminently have produced important medicines integral to modern medicine. Ethnopharmacology integrates aspects of botany, natural products chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, anthropology, medicine, psychology, and comparative religious study. The discipline researches human interactions with biologically active plants (and other living things) as medicines, poisons, and intoxicants with a primary focus on indigenous and non-­Western cultures. Ethnopharmacology seeks to document plants and animals used by various cultures, and describe their use and preparation. These plants and their preparations are then studied to identify, isolate, and characterize the active compounds responsible for the plants actions on people. This introductory ethnopharmacology course will cover both the ethnographic and scientific aspects critical to the process of drug discovery and the evolution of modern medicine. Students will compare cross-cultural perspectives on human interactions with drugs and examine the variety of human interaction with biologically active organisms in their environment. prereq: Jr or Sr or Grad, or instructor consent. Courses in Botany, Chemistry and Pharmacology are useful but not required.
CSPH 5421 - Botanical Medicines in Integrative Healthcare
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Botanical medicines have been used since ancient times in many cultures yet it is still not a significant part of what is considered ?traditional? medicine in our current healthcare model in the United States. Yet there is a growing interest among people in the U.S. looking for alternative treatments for a variety of common illnesses due to concerns of safety, efficacy, and a desire for more ?natural? products than more conventional pharmaceuticals. However, despite this growing interest, healthcare providers may have little to no knowledge regarding botanical medicines in regards to their therapeutic properties, efficacy (or lack thereof), and/or adverse effects. This is further compounded by a wealth of information on botanical medicines in the media and internet, much of which may be misleading and can lead to confusion regarding botanical medicines. The goal of this course is to learn basic properties and preparations of the most common botanical medicines in addition to their therapeutic effects for common disease states. Students will also learn about regulations, quality control, and safety concerns regarding use of botanical medicines. Included in this course is a discussion on the frequently overlooked botanical medicine we use everyday: our food! Relevant plant-based foods will be discussed periodically throughout the course to provide a practical application of the material learned in this course. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student, or instructor consent
CSPH 5423 - Botanical Medicines: Foundations and Practical Applications
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
There is an accumulating body of scientific evidence supporting the use of some botanicals for preventive or therapeutic purposes. This experiential course offers health professional students and others an integrative and practical approach to medicinal plants that includes theoretical underpinnings and obtaining the skills to gather, process, and apply selected local plants and herbs. Methods are multi-sensory, following an eclectic tradition practiced by many modern herbalists. Review of empirical scientific evidence is included for key plants. Prereq: Jr or sr or grad in the health professions or instructor permission.
CSPH 5431 - Functional Nutrition: An Expanded View of Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Optimal Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will present a novel approach to the principles of nutrition as they relate to optimal health and the prevention, control or intervention in a disease process. This is a model of nutrition application that complements and expands beyond normal growth and development, an approach that attempts to reduce chronic disease by looking for underlying factors or triggers of disease. This model of nutrition considers system dysfunction a pre-disease state and looks for ways to apply nutrition and restore function. The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of this novel application of nutrition. The course will emphasize the 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
This course will provide an overview of essential oil therapy and current aromatherapy practices in clinical settings. Students will examine key safety and toxicity issues with the use of essential oils, and they will critique the scientific and 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, or Inst consent
CSPH 5521 - Therapeutic Landscapes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course will introduce students to the theoretical foundations of healing environments and their application based on the six dimensions of wellbeing. It is a unique course offered only through the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing? but carries a wide interdisciplinary application ? such as with the department of horticulture, landscape architecture, therapeutic recreation, botany, public health and other health science. During the past six decades, the field of therapeutic landscapes has grown extensively in multiple settings throughout North American, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The theory and practice focus upon the application of environments and landscapes to benefit the individual or group. Therapeutic Landscapes are a plant-dominated environment (indoor or outdoor) designed to provide numerous and varied therapeutic interactions and purposeful outcomes. It fosters wellbeing through designed and prescribed encounters with plants that stimulate the senses and engage the understanding of the people who visit it. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the central elements of therapeutic landscapes in the context of the latest scientific evidence using the Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing model of wellbeing as a guide. Prereq jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5522 - Therapeutic Horticulture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
An introduction into the purposeful delivery of plants and plant related activities for therapeutic benefits. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the central elements of therapeutic horticulture in the context of multiple health care settings. Students will learn the evidence-based history, principles, precepts, and practical application of therapeutic horticulture. A variety of plant and plant related modalities from current research findings will be discussed related to various populations using therapeutic horticulture as a treatment intervention. Prereq junior, senior, or graduate student or instructor consent
CSPH 5535 - Reiki Healing
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Students will learn the history, principles, education, and practical application of Reiki energy healing. Alternative energy healing modalities and current research findings will be discussed. Following activation of the Reiki energy, participants will learn the hand positions used to perform a self, seated, and full session. A portion of each class meeting will be used to perform Reiki sessions and to discuss experiences. 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: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Students will learn advanced principles and application of Reiki energy healing. The four levels of healing will be further explored, with emphasis on healing at the spiritual level. Following activation of the Reiki energy, participants will learn the energy symbols that allow for energy transfer through space and time. Students will learn to use second level Reiki energy for both distance healing and the standard Reiki session. A portion of each class meeting will be used to provide Reiki sessions and to discuss findings. Current literature and research findings will also be discussed. prereq: CSPH 5535 or instr consent. Students must wait 4-6 months after taking CSPH 5535 before taking CSPH 5536.
CSPH 5541 - Emotional Healing and Happiness: Eastern and Western Approaches to Transforming the Mind
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will provide in-depth, experiential training in the cultivation of happiness, emotional health and healing for multi-disciplinary professions. Students will learn highly effective, ancient, and contemporary methods for the transformation of afflictive emotions, unhealthy patterns, and behaviors. Students will learn how to increase positive emotions and mind states including: compassion, joy, and equanimity. They will explore meditation and other integrative approaches that bring balance and wellbeing to the mind. Students will practice and explore the applications of these modalities. Students will learn how to creatively apply and integrate them into their lives, relationships, and work with a wide range of patient /client populations and settings. The class content draws on eastern and western approaches to emotional health and healing in a mindfulness-based, integrative model including: Buddhist and Transpersonal Psychology, meditation practices, spirituality, expressive, creative, & ritual arts. Case examples and neuroscience research on emotions will also be included in the course. Prereq: Jr, Sr or grad student, or instructor consent
CSPH 5555 - Introduction to Body and Movement-based Therapies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will cover basic theories and approaches of selected Somatic Therapies and Somatic Psychotherapy (Dance/Movement and body-based therapies). It will include 1) western historic and theoretical perspectives on the use of movement, dance and somatic re-patterning for well-being, 2) introductions and demonstrations of specific somatic approaches, and 3) brief introduction of the application of these techniques to specific populations and settings. The experiential part of the course will include individual, partner and group exercises intended to embody and deepen the topics covered in the class. Prereq: jr or sr or grad student; or instructor consent
CSPH 5561 - Overview of the Creative Arts in Health and Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
In this course we will explore how professionals in music therapy, art therapy, dance and movement therapy, and poetry/spoken word therapy work in healthcare and community settings to promote healing and well-being. Artist-therapists representing each of these fields, and/or related fields in creative arts in healing, will present their work in synchronous sessions, and guide you in experiential exercises to give you firsthand experience of each modality. You will also read in depth about each of the healing arts modalities in our textbook and research articles, participate in online discussions, and document your experiences with the modalities through journaling and a final paper. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student
CSPH 5601 - Music, Health and Healing
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
For centuries, people in virtually every known culture in the world have recognized the tremendous potential of music to promote health and healing. In this course, we will explore music's power to heal body, mind, and spirit through examining the main music healing disciplines used today: music therapy, music medicine, clinical musicianship, medical musicianship, music-thanatology, vibroacoustic harp therapy, sound healing, and community music. You will also learn some easy music healing techniques you can use for yourself. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5631 - Healing Imagery I
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
In this course you will learn how imagery and imagery interventions are implemented for healing and to promote optimal health and wellbeing. You will experience a wide variety of imagery interventions in class and work on creating your own imagery intervention. The primary instructional strategies that will be utilized for this course include: experiential, online discussions, readings, lectures, and individual learning interventions. prereq: Jr or Sr or Grad, or instructor consent
CSPH 5641 - Animals in Health Care: The Healing Dimensions of Human/Animal Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This online course is designed to introduce students to the core principles of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) in the context of multiple healthcare and social service related settings. Students will learn the history, identify safety guidelines, apply best practices to a variety of species, and evaluate peer-reviewed literature. prereq: jr or sr or grad student, or instructor consent
CSPH 5642 - Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This graduate level 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 prereq: Jr, Sr or Grad, or instructor consent
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 5701 - Fundamentals of Health Coaching I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course provides a foundation of Health Coaching theory and practice. We will explore basic tenets of the health coaching model (a 4-pillared construct), including deep listening, effective and empathic communication, and tools for self-development. We examine the core building blocks for optimal health from a holistic perspective. In Health Coaching, each person is recognized as an intrinsically healthy, whole, and wise being, who is the ultimate expert in his or her healing journey. As a student and coach in training, your own self-development becomes an organic part of your professional evolution, and you will receive support in this. It is the role of the Health Coach to provide a safe environment and professional expertise to support this journey. In this course you will learn how to facilitate the client?s process by identifying and benchmarking stages and patterns of change, effectively interfacing with a wide range of interdisciplinary health care providers,and educating clients on a variety of self-care practices. Prereq admitted to Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching; or, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching track; or, Doctor of Nursing Practice; or, non-degree seeking graduate students or students from other graduate degree programs may enroll with permission of the course instructors.
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 5708 - Mind-Body Science and the Art of Transformation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Modern technology has provided deeper insight into how our minds and bodies change based on our focus, intentions, cell environment, habits, stress, and behaviors. We will investigate these new perspectives and how to apply them through transformative practices to change our thoughts, beliefs, bodies, emotions, and paradigms to create sustainable shifts towards optimal health, wellness, and living. Prereq: Jr or Sr or Grad; or instructor consent
CSPH 5711 - Optimal Healing Environments
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on the development and implementation of optimal healing environments (OHE) as a healthcare innovation. You will examine the evidence base supporting design, human and care processes and begin to explore how OHE are created. An emphasis will be placed on identifying models of optimal healing environments and leadership strategies that support the diffusion of innovation. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CSPH 5712 - Supervised Health Coaching Skills Advancement
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
This course will provide a health-coaching student the opportunity to advance coaching skills/strategies through individual client practice with the supervision of an experienced health-coaching instructor. The student health coach will engage in recorded in-person and/or telephonic 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 UMN Health Coaching program (developed in alignment with guidelines the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching). Prereq CSPH 5701, CSPH 5702; Admitted to Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching Master of Arts, Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices Certificate-Health Coaching Track; or instructor consent.
CSPH 5713 - Health Coaching for Health Professionals
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
This course will explore the basic tenets of 4 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, 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 see demonstrated and to practice applying tools and practices from motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, non-violent communication, and other authentic communication tools. Interprofessional dialogues and exercises will be guaranteed through targeted participation of second year Health Coaching students, who are not taking this course for credit but are volunteering to increase the interprofessional understanding of coaching and team work. This course is not considered preparatory for becoming a professional health coach and does not meet educational hour requirements toward eligibility for the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching exam, or for Continuing Education hours for NBHWC recertification. Prereq: Admitted to the Doctor of Nursing Practice-Integrative Health and Healing specialty; Admitted to other Doctor of Nursing Practice specialties; Graduate or professional students in health sciences programs; Practicing health professionals; or instructor consent.
CSPH 5805 - Wellbeing in the Workplace
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
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. Prereq jr or sr or grad, or instructor consent
CSPH 5806 - Wellbeing and Resiliency for Health Professionals
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
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 Prereq jr or sr or grad, or instructor consent
CSPH 5807 - Mindfulness in the Workplace: Pause, Practice, Perform
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Mindfulness in the Workplace is an experiential course designed to teach core mindfulness skills while also exploring specific applications to the workplace setting. The course explores key mindfulness traits and how they relate to essential workplace skills, such as resilience, task execution, critical analysis, intra/interpersonal growth, leadership, and other related topics. In addition, the course explores how corporate culture can be a barrier or a catalyst for adoption of mindfulness principles. By exploring the above topics from the perspective of the workplace and academic literature, students will gain an understanding of how to apply evidence-informed techniques to help them on the job. Prereq jr or sr or grad, or instructor consent
CSPH 5905 - Food Matters: Cook Like Your Life Depends On It
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Food Matters is an experiential-learning, applied nutrition & culinary skills course for health professional students. The course addresses the role of food in specific health conditions and its function in health promotion and disease prevention. The course guides future health professionals in the procurement, preparation, and consumption of sustainably raised whole foods for self care and how this translates to patient care. Prereq: Graduate student in a health professions field, or instructor consent
CSPH 8191 - Independent Study in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Individual independent study with faculty guidance. Students write proposal, including outcome objectives/work plan. Faculty member directs work, evaluates project. prereq: instr consent