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HLTH 195 – ST: Sci & Evid Alt Ther

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Intermediate courses on health topics beyond the scope of departmental or college offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Section Description: This course covers the following topics: hierarchy of scientific evidence in clinical research (including evidence house, evidence circle and evidence funnel), threats to internal and external validities in clinical research, a new perspective on placebo/nocebo effects, milestone works in mind-body research (including the discovery of neuropeptides as chemical messengers for mind-body communication, the new perspective on biology of cells and belief/perception, and how physiological conditioning led to the discovery of psychoneuroimmunology). This course also examines the body of literature on the mechanisms and effects of various complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies including meditation, healing touch, Qigong/Tai Chi, and acupuncture. Students will have first-hand experience with these modalities, and will have an opportunity to conduct an in-depth research on a self-selected CAM therapy. Course goals and objective include: 1. Describe and differentiate the variety of scientific evidence. 2. Describe and differentiate placebo vs. placebo effect. 3. Discuss why placebo effect is an important part of CAM, how it poses a challenge to conventional research methodology, and how to design studies to tease out placebo effect. 4. Describe the milestone works in mind-body research and explain the contemporary views on mind-body connection. 5. Critically analyze information and literature, and evaluate arguments from diverse viewpoints and multiple perspectives.

CRN: 15320

Section: B

Enrolled/Seats: 4/25

Days Time Location
T 16:35 - 19:35 ROWELL N/A HLTH 102

Instructor(s): Ge Wu

Meeting Dates: 17 Jan 2017 - 05 May 2017