Academics

April 17, 2019
This Specialization is designed for healthcare professionals and explores integrative healing through five classes, which include: Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, Guided Imagery, Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils, and Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare.
March 26, 2019
Working with plants or animals can improve concentration, encourage relaxation, and improve self-esteem. Digging in rich, black soil feels good. That’s because the environment plays a critical role in your overall wellbeing - in fact, a growing number of researchers believe that many mental health issues - like depression, anxiety, and stress - are due, in part, to our separation from nature.
February 25, 2019
Roni L. Evans, Ph.D., D.C., M.S., research director of the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program and an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health. The NACCIH serves as the principal advisory body to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the lead federal agency for research on complementary and integrative health.
January 17, 2019
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and global online learning leader Coursera announced today the launch of a new online specialization in Integrative Health and Medicine. Through this low-cost Specialization, health care professionals will explore integrative healing through three initial classes, which include: Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, Guided Imagery, and Herbal Medicine. Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils and Mindfulness in Integrative Health will also be offered soon.
January 14, 2019
At the start of each new year, I am tuned into the information shared about lifestyle changes in the news and other popular forms of communication. This year I was pleased with the tidbits of information I was hearing and seeing on Good Morning America, The Kelly and Ryan show, and The New York Times. I wanted to share some of the highlights that stood out to me. They are key strategies for making lifestyle changes that will last.
December 19, 2018
Water is fundamental to survival - it is one of the most important shared resources for and by all and relies on our collective care. Water is elemental. It is made up of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms bonded together. It comes in three forms (gas, solid and liquid) all mutually supporting the other. Expressed another way, it comes from the air (gas) and returns to the earth (solid) and in-between it drenches (liquid).
December 6, 2018
THE CENTER’S NEW ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE PARTNERSHIPS WITH COURSERA AND THE BIG KNOW “Through online education, anyone can learn anything,” says Allison Gage, president of The Big Know. “This is the democratization of education and learning!” This fall, the Center is partnering with Minneapolis-based company, The Big Know, to offer cinematic, affordable, online courses to learners around the globe.
July 24, 2018
Episode 2 of the Take Five for Your Health and Wellbeing sits down with Center Direction Mary Jo Kreitzer to discuss healthy eating.
May 31, 2018
CSPH 5318 faculty and students just had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India!
May 30, 2018
What is the science behind equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT)? That is the question we try to answer in the CSpH 5643 "Horse as Teacher" course. This blended (six weeks online with one week face-to-face) class highlights the science behind EAAT and how partnering with the horse can help the brain and body work together to bring about measurable positive outcomes.

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