CSPH 5642 - Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics

This course is offered completely online. 


Course Description:

This graduate level course will cover the basic theories and approaches of Nature-Based Therapeutics including restorative environments, therapeutic horticulture, animal assisted interactions, therapeutic landscapes, forest bathing, green care farming, facilitated green exercise, wilderness therapy and ecopsychology. The course includes:

1) historic and theoretical perspectives
2) research into specific techniques
3) application of techniques to specific population and setting

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to:

1. Understand the enhanced quality of life and health benefits of nature-based therapeutics.

2. Identify principles and theoretical framework of nature-based therapeutics.

3. Recognize methods of nature-based therapeutic interventions.

4. Discuss the current evidence-based applications to support the delivery and intervention of nature-based therapeutics.

5. Identify nature-based therapeutic techniques utilized to treat specific target population needs and strengths.

6. Apply concepts and practices of nature-based therapeutics to a specific user group/individual.

7. Critique, synthesize and suggest future direction for nature-based therapeutic research.

Course Details

Course ID: 
CSPH 5642
Graduate Students, Undergraduate students with junior status or above, or instructor consent.
Semesters Course Offered: 
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