25 Essential Open Courseware Classes on Holistic Healing

December 01, 2009

You can take part in the integration between Western traditional medical practices and Eastern holistic healing traditions that is sweeping this nation. To learn about holistic healing, many practitioners learn about the basics of both worlds before combining them into a complementary and alternative medicine [CAM] practice. To help you with this pursuit, we’ve provided a list of twenty-five essential open courseware classes that focus on the basics, with a leaning toward holistic methods.

The courses below are divided into categories, and each link is listed alphabetically within those categories. As a reminder to open courseware policies, the courses are free, but they do not offer credits. The institution that offers the course is listed after each link description.

Traditional Basics

The following courses can provide information about the traditional Western disease-oriented approach to health, but they also supply information about the human body – courses that are appreciated in holistic healing as well as in traditional and alternative methods of healing.

  1. Anatomy and Physiology: Knowledge about anatomical and physiological systems is appreciated in both Western and Eastern medical traditions. This course provides a solid foundation in the basics [Western Governors University].
  2. Anatomy and Physiology II: Move forward in your knowledge about anatomical and physiological systems with these modules that focus on metabolism and homeostasis, fluid balance, oxygenation and mobility [Western Governors University].
  3. Health Assessment and Promotion: This course supplies students with the ability to assess a patient’s health through medical histories and interviews. The course also supplies traditional models, theories and perspectives that can provide insights into possibilities for alternatives [UMass Boston].
  4. Medical Terminology: Learn the terms used in traditional Western medical practice, along with anatomical relationships [College of Eastern Utah].
  5. Medicine and Public Health in American History: This course explores how the concepts of disease, health and healing have changed throughout this country’s history [Notre Dame].
  6. Principles and Practice of Drug Development: Learn more about the major issues and stages of developing a pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical drug [MIT].
  7. Principles of Human Disease: This course covers current understandings of and approaches to human disease with an emphasis on molecular and cellular basis of both genetic disease and cancer [MIT].

CAM Basics

The following list leads to courses that provide information about holistic healing methods, which often take a preventative approach to disease and combines physical health with mental and spiritual aspects for a holistic approach.

  1. Alternate Approaches to Healing: This course provides an introduction to the major systems of complementary and alternative medicine in America [University of Washington].
  2. Alternative Medicine: This page provides links to a lectures, articles and related topics about alternative medicine from a Western perspective [MIT].
  3. Integrative Medicine: This course tackles the concept of prospective care and personalized medicine and how it differs from the current disease-oriented approach to healing [National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine].
  4. Issues in Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Learn why people choose to use alternative and complementary healing methods [The Open University].
  5. The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Illness: This module provides insight into a holistic health method and how it can open doors to healing previously closed by a narrow perspective on human health and disease prevention [Rice Connexions].
  6. What Is Integrative Medicine? Use the tabs located at the top of this course list to learn more about Web cases, to listen to lectures and to take advantage of other resources [University of Texas Medical Branch].

Specific Courses

The following courses provide basic information about specific areas within CAM, such as Chinese medicine, nutrition basics and herbs.

  1. Biology of Water and Health: This course approaches water from a health-based perspective as it addresses the multi-faceted ways in which water and human health are related [Tufts].
  2. Buddhist Psychology: This series of lectures can provide insight into meditation practice and its benefits to mental and physical health [Webcast Berkeley].
  3. Challenging Ideas in Mental Health: How can alternative perspectives provide insight into traditional failures in mental health issues? Learn about some answers to that question with this course module [The Open University].
  4. Chinese Medicine Basics: Learn more about acupuncture, Qi Gong, herbs, MienShiang and more from this basic course [Acupuncture.com].
  5. Clinical Aromatherapy: Take this extensive course on aromatherapy, which begins with a background to the practice and covers regulations, safety, research and evidence as well as how to obtain certification and licensure [University of Minnesota].
  6. Herbs at a Glance: Gain basic information about specific herbs or botanicals along with common names, uses, potential side effects and resources for more information from this site. Supplement this list with a course for Herbs and Other Dietary Supplements, all offered by the NCAM [National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine].
  7. Homeopathy Elementary Course: This course serves as an introduction to the Homeopathy Medical System, addressed to lay-people, patients, allopathy doctors, nurses, alternative medicine practitioners and students [Alternatives].
  8. Industrial Utilization of Medicinal and Aromatic plants: Obtain basic knowledge and skills related to production and chemical features of essences and extracts from local Iberian Peninsula plants. A good portion of the course is in English [La Universidad Polit

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