CSPH 5315 - Traditional Tibetan Medicine: Ethics, Spirituality, and Healing

This course is offered online. 

Course Description:

This course will introduce students to ethics, spirituality, and healing from the perspective of traditional Tibetan medicine. Traditional Tibetan doctors believe that illness results from imbalance and that treating illness requires correcting the underlying imbalance. Students will learn how to apply these principles personally, integrate them into clinical practice, and consult with a traditional Tibetan doctor.

CSPH 5315 is the only prerequisite for CSPH 5318 - "Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, & Yoga in India." 

The online course is 8 weeks long, rather than 10 weeks long, because each student does a Tibetan Medicine Practicum. Students take the course through the University's Canvas platform which is available 24/7, except when the University is doing maintenance.

Course Textbook:

Cameron, M.E., & Namdul, T. (2020). (Blessing by His Holiness the Dalai Lama). Tibetan medicine and you: A path to wellbeing, better health, and joy. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. 

University of Minnesota faculty, students, and staff can read the e-book FREE online at this site.

CSPH 5315 students can read the e-book FREE online through the CSPH 5315 course website.

Tibetan Medicine

"Tibetan medicine is far more advanced in the understanding of the nature of mind than Western medicine. In matters of understanding the physical functioning of the human body, Tibetan medicine is less advanced than Western medicine. Without mixing the two approaches, and without saying one is better than the other, both schools should work together in order to find ways of understanding and thus boost the effectiveness of the two healing techniques." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Source: Men-Tsee-Khang. (2017). Fundamentals of Tibetan medicine. Dharamsala , India: Author.

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“All of us want to be happy and avoid suffering. Yet, too often we make choices that sabotage us rather than reverse what’s wrong. Tibetan medicine, Tibet’s ancient, comprehensive science of healing, offers effective tools for transforming suffering into health and happiness." 

Source: Cameron, M.E., & Namdul, T. (2020). (Blessing by His Holiness the Dalai Lama). Tibetan medicine and you: A path to wellbeing, better health, and joy. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

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Tibetan Medicine Resources


Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the Tibetan art of healing and its underlying philosophy.
  • Examine the relationship between ethics, spirituality, and healing in Tibetan Medicine.
  • Explain the three categories of negative thinking, three kinds of primary energies, resulting diseases, and treatments to restore balance.
  • Analyze diagnosis and treatment in Tibetan Medicine.
  • Examine the relationship between Tibetan Medicine, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan history, and Tibetan culture.
  • Compare and contrast Tibetan Medicine with conventional medicine, nursing, and healthcare in the United States.
  • Identify relevant research and propose additional research that is needed.
  • Analyze a good death from the perspective of Tibetan Medicine.
  • Investigate characteristics, qualifications, and licensure of traditional Tibetan doctors and when to consult them.
  • Apply principles of Tibetan Medicine personally and integrate them into clinical practice. 

What Students Are Saying

"I want to share with you that I had an opportunity to take Mim’s Tibetan medicine course for a second time during spring semester this year. It was held online for 8 weeks. It's been about 15 years since I first took it. After reading her new book, Tibetan Medicine and You, written with Tenzin Namdul, I realized how much I wanted to deepen my knowledge and understanding of Tibetan medicine. Re-taking the class was a wonderful experience. All aspects of Tibetan medicine are clearer to me now, but especially my understanding of death and dying from the perspective of Tibetan Buddhism. Tenzin enriched the class experience by contributing to our 2 two-hour optional zoom classes.If you, too, have been yearning to deepen and clarify your knowledge of Tibetan medicine, I highly recommend taking Mim’s course again. I think you'll agree with me that their new book improves comprehension of Tibetan medicine. Tashi Delek!" - CSPH 5315 and CSPH 5318 student, Claire Stuckey

"Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! You have taught me so much about healing presence and the power of compassion, not only through the course materials, but also from demonstration through your own presence and communication. It has truly affected me, and I have no doubt it will serve me in my future health coaching practice." - CSPH 5315 Student, Ashley Jordahl 
“Thank you! I learned so much and have been incorporating these Tibetan medicine principles in my actions, thoughts, behaviors and interactions. I have noticed a calmer demeanor and feel very grateful to have taken this class. Thank you!!” Doctor of Nursing Practice Student and CSPH 5315 Student, Loryann Fradejas  

“Thank you! I loved taking this class and I will miss it dearly. I am looking forward to going to India even more now! Hopefully this is just a see you later, and not a goodbye :) Tashi delek!” CSPH 5315 Student, Alexa Mathis

"I wanted to say THANK YOU for an amazing semester. This class taught me more than I ever expected to learn regarding myself, others, the environment around me and the impact it has on my health and happiness. It was by far my favorite class that I have taken in college and caused me to create new habits and a new mindset that I will apply for the rest of my life. I really appreciated both of your support and guidance throughout the course. The class was well organized and your reminders helped me to never feel over stressed. May we all live healthy and happy. Thank you again and stay safe!" -  CSPH 5315 Student, Leah Gresham


Course Spotlight: Tibetan Medicine Student Testimonials

Course Details

Course ID: 
CSPH 5315
Graduate students, undergraduate students with junior status or above, or instructor consent.
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