Holistic Health Approaches

Universidad Veritas

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Holistic Health Approaches

  • Host University

    Universidad Veritas

  • Location

    San José, Costa Rica

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Global Health, Health Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students must be studying a health profession such as nursing, pharmacy, microbiology or physical therapy.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course name: Holistic Health Approaches
    Course code: 1050
    Total contact hours: 60 hours
    Pre-requisite: Must be a Health Sciences student

    This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Also this course will explore, and evaluate alternatives approaches and philosophies to personal health and wellness. Some of the topics included are: Homeopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture, Herbal and Nutritional Therapies, Massage, Chiropractic, Electromagnetic Therapy, Breathing Exercise and others.

    To prepare or acquaint the student with the various types of alternative/complementary practices so it will be able to have a better overview and evaluate their efficacy. Plus the student can have beside the health concepts in Western Medicine.
    Learning Outcome and Objectives:
    ? Students will be able to describe the importance of health and wellness in their lives.
    ? Students will be aware of the importance of changing behaviors that encourage better standers of well being.
    ? Students will be able to share and give practical examples in their own lives and recognize the true values that take place in wellbeing.

    Work Schedule
    Part I
    Activity Special Work
    Lesson 1
    - Course introduction
    - Brief History of Alternative Medicine in Costa Rica
    - Speech topics ?
    - Assignments
    Lesson 2
    - Introduction to TCM
    - Acupuncture Theory
    Basic Diagnosis Format Reading Assignment
    Part II
    Activity Special Work
    Lesson 3 - Practical Presentation
    - Observation
    - Palpation
    - Group activity
    Lesson 4 - Pulse - Demo and practice
    Part III
    Lesson 5 - Ear acupuncture
    Lecture and Demo-
    Lesson 6 - Acupuncture points.
    - Lecture/discussion
    Visit to an acupuncture center
    Part IV
    Lesson 7 - Introduction to Homeopathy - Lectures
    Lesson 8 - Top Homeopathic remedies - Research
    Lesson 9 - Introduction to Chiropractics - Demo and practice
    Lesson 10 - Massage Therapy-Basic
    - Demo and practice
    Field Trip Caribbean
    Part VI
    Lesson 11 - Basic principles of
    electromagnetic Therapies
    Demo and practice
    Lesson 12 - Basic Breathing
    - Exercise and focusing
    Group Activity
    Lesson 13 - General Review
    Lesson 14 - Presentations Final Test

    We intended to achieve the above objective by a series of theoretical and practical
    exercises. Discussions and visits will provide a clearer and realistic approach for
    personal and professional development, noticing similarities and differences in the
    cultures aspects. Students will visit several places to have a more practical
    experience by being in contact with the environment, concrete learning will be
    ensured and also a better grasp of the theoretical principles transferred into

    Finally, the course wills intent to integrate an open opportunity to expand more
    awareness into the social preventive medicine programs on both levels public and
    private, but mainly to help others.

    This course is structured for International Students attending the Study Abroad
    program at Universidad VERITAS.

    Electronic devices:
    The use of cell phones, smart phones, or other mobile communication devices is disruptive, and is therefore prohibited during class. Please turn all devices OFF and put them away when class begins. Devices may be used ONLY when the professor assigns a specific activity and allows the use of devices for internet search or recording. Those who fail to comply with the rule must leave the classroom for the remainder of the class period.

    Evaluation System
    60% Practical work
    - Discussion and debate active participation 20%
    - Presentation 25%
    - Participation and discussion in demo-practice 5%
    - Homework and reading assignments 10%
    30% Written examinations
    - Questionnaires 10%
    - Final exam 20%
    10% Participatory Attendance

    Attendance Policy
    Students may only have two total absences HOWEVER, if they miss more than one day of class in a given month, they WILL NOT RECIEVE CREDIT for the course.
    The professor has the right to expel a student from the classroom should he /she:
    1) Be disruptive in the classroom
    2) Be under the influence of alcohol.
    3) Behave in a disrespectful way
    If you tend to be late for class, you will lose 25% of your total grade.

    1. Homeopathy:
    Hahnemann, Samuel. The Organ on of Medicine, TR, kenly, 5Naudi A., Pendelton, P., Gollanoz, 1986.
    Eberhard Lau bender, Homeopathy and Sport Injuries, Editorial Paidotribo, 1984
    Borie, E, Raoul , Manual of Homeopathy ,Corcas Editors Ltda ,2008
    2. Acupuncture:
    3. Massage
    Padrini, Francesco, The great Book of massage, with essential oils, De Vecchi Editorial, 1997 .
    4. Chiropractic
    5. Nutrition
    Colbert, Dan, MD, Get Healthy Trough Detox and Fasting, Siloam, a Strang Co, 1999.
    Bloomfield, H Harold, MD, Healing Anxiety with Herbs, HarperCollins Publishers Inc , rev 1988 .

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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