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Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing Launches New Integrative Health and Medicine Specialization on Coursera

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 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.

Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices
This introductory course provides a framework for incorporating integrative therapies into the learner’s work with clients or patients. By the end of the course, participants will be able to assess if integrative therapies are good options in specific situations, as well as educate patients and colleagues about benefits and risks.

Guided Imagery
In this course, health care professionals learn how to use imagery and imagery interventions to help with symptom management and healing, as well as to enhance overall health and wellbeing. They will experience a variety of imagery interventions and evaluate how they might be helpful in providing relief or enhancing quality of life. By the end of the course, learners will know how to assess if guided imagery is appropriate in specific situations and will be comfortable writing and delivering guided imagery that effectively meets individual needs.

Herbal Medicine
This course provides the necessary background for providers to begin to incorporate herbal medicines into their practice, particularly in regards to their therapeutic properties, efficacy (or lack thereof), and safety concerns, including quality control and potential adverse effects.

“In response to increasing demands driven by aging populations, health care systems around the world are focused on improving population health and the patient experience, reducing the cost of care and supporting care team wellbeing,” said Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, Center Director. “Integrative therapies and healing practices are critical strategies for achieving patient and organizational goals. The University of Minnesota is proud to partner with Coursera to prepare the next generation of healthcare providers with the requisite knowledge and skills to provide integrative care.”

Louise Delagran, director of the Center’s Learning Resources Group, expressed her excitement about the new course delivery model through Coursera.

“Our Coursera Specialization focuses on skills that can be immediately applied to improve patient or client care, particularly to help manage conditions, such as pain or anxiety and to enhance quality of life. These courses offer a great deal of practical information, demos, checklists, and tips from experts, as well as many opportunities to try out new skills and get feedback. By the end of each course, learners will have new strategies to promote wellbeing for their patients—and themselves.”

The new Specialization will roll-out through 2019 and will be available for a subscription range of $39 to $79 per month.

Explore the Specialization in Integrative Health and Medicine on Coursera


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