Fall 2022  |  CSPH 5111 Section 001: Ways of Thinking about Health (32975)

Class Component:
2 Credits
Grading Basis:
S-N or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
jr or sr or grad student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Wed 02:30PM - 04:10PM
UMTC, East Bank
Malcolm Moos Health Sci Tower 2-520
Enrollment Status:
Open (7 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course is your opportunity to examine, challenge and critically reflect upon your thinking about health. The class meets in a hybrid model that includes in-person, field-trip "micro-immersion experience" to explore different understandings of health through visits to cultural communities. We include with field trips virtual experiential glimpses into fundamentally different systems of knowledge often conflicting with the scientific/professional models emphasized in many professional fields on campus. Frameworks for critical thinking, critical self-reflection, cultural self-study, intellectual virtues and supplemental readings are offered to support your effort to step into culturally different knowledge systems and mental models of health and well-being. These frames and approaches offer you a mirror through which your own perspective, thinking and background assumptions of health become more visible and explicit. I ask you to challenge your own thinking and better recognize the culture you carry in your thinking as you attempt to inhabit different cognitive worlds. You will also apply this examination to the professional fields of your interest, sharing your insights with learners in other professions. In this way, we bring together interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. On the dates that we meet virtually, our goal is to create a space that encourages us to share with sincerity our thoughts and emerging insights with one another in Zoom conversations. The synchronous Zoom sessions allow you to benefit from each other's personal and professional take on the immersion experiences as you develop your philosophy, narrative and understanding of health. prereq: jr, sr, grad, or instr consent
Class Notes:
This class is hybrid, with some of the scheduled class meetings offered virtually and in person. Students can expect to meet virtually at least five times during the semester. Virtual meeting dates will be provided in the course syllabus. z.umn.edu/csph51111
Class Description:
CSPH 5111 "Ways of Thinking About Health" offers students a rare opportunity to explore diverse cultural contexts through field-trip immersion experiences. In this course, we will explore fundamental aspects of several different health-care systems, including Indigenous North American Medicine, Vedic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and biomedicine. The field-trip learning serves as a micro-cultural immersion experience for the purpose of helping students to understand different worldviews and systems of knowledge that do not correspond to a scientific model. The course is based upon the idea that thinking about different worldviews and healing systems from a detached, survey perspective is a quite different matter than thinking critically within the system being explored to attain deeper learning. Each field trip experience will be followed by a writing assignment, where the student will write on a health care issue of their choice, but from within the perspective of the system being studied. This approach is designed to allow each student the maximum opportunity to explore, experience, appreciate and articulate the cultural diversity in ways of thinking about health.
70% Reflection Papers
30% In-class Presentations
Class Format:
20% Lecture
30% Discussion
50% Field Trips
4 Paper(s)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 June 2012

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