Survey Of Alternative Medicine – sci201 (1 credit)

This course examines the traditions and recent developments within the field of alternative medicine, and includes a comparison of Western and Eastern diagnostic systems. Through a highly interactive and experiential format, participants will overview a comprehensive range of physical, psychological, and energy therapies resulting in insight, awareness, and appreciation for diverse approaches to medicine.

This undergraduate-level course is 2 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Complementary and Alternative Medical Systems

  • Define complementary medicine, alternative medicine, and integrative medicine.
  • Describe the five domains of therapies.
  • Differentiate between the major alternative medical systems.
  • Compare major alternative medical systems to allopathic medical care.
  • Describe the role of scientific study in CAM.

Consumer and Regulatory Issues in CAM Treatment Modalities

  • Describe the philosophy and treatment principles of complementary healing therapies.
  • Describe how an individual’s opinions regarding CAM can affect choice in health care.
  • Determine criteria for identifying credible resources regarding CAM issues.
  • Identify negative effects associated with use of CAM.
  • Analyze the government’s role in the regulation of CAM.

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