CSPH 5311 - Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine

This is a blended course. Course will meet primarily online, but will have required in person dates. Check the class search for in person meeting dates and times. 


Course Description:

As an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this course aspires to accomplish two objectives:to introduce you to the general theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as it is practiced in the world today, and especially as it is practiced in the United States, and to offer you the opportunity through group discussion and personal reflection to explore the unique worldview and perspective that is the foundation of Chinese medicine and which underpins all of its practice.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the worldview and primary perspectives that underpin Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as holism, interconnectedness, qi, the theory of yin and yang, the theory of five elements, and the importance of harmony.
    • Identify the historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts that have shaped the evolution of Chinese medicine and continue to influence its development today.
    • Define Oriental Medicine, Classical Chinese Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and other related terms.
    • Outline the basics of TCM clinical assessment, methods of diagnosis, the significance and importance of pattern differentiation, and basic TCM treatment principles.
    • Identify TCM treatment modalities and therapies such as acupuncture, moxibustion, tui na (therapeutic massage), cupping, gua sha (dermal friction therapies), dietary and herbal therapies, and qi gong therapies.
    • Demonstrate an engagement in “perspective leaping” through active participation in class discussion.
    • Make an assessment, to the best of your ability, of the meaning and value of TCM in healthcare today based upon your direct observation, experience, research and critical thinking and reflection.

Course Details

Course ID: 
CSPH 5311
Graduate Students, Undergraduate students with junior status or above, or instructor consent.
Semesters Course Offered: 
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