This course provides the second half of the Clinical Residency. Residents complete a nutrition practice or mock counseling sessions, complete a clinical research project and participate in webinars. Discussions cover all domains pertinent to clinical practice. Webinar discussions focus around participants` questions and concerns, case studies, clinical research and practice management to deepen their competencies as advanced-practiced Clinical Nutritionists. In these webinar sessions, the instructor and students may discuss students’ case studies regarding students’ patients. These webinar discussions are not intended to offer supervision of or advice concerning the students’ patients’/clients’ care and are offered for educational/second opinion purposes only.
This course supports critical analysis of a wide range of integrative health studies. It provides future integrative health professionals with the foundational knowledge and skills to identify and evaluate research design and basic statistics. Students develop skills in searching databases as well as critical appraisal of clinical and epidemiological research. Students will find and evaluate published information on health topics then summarize and share their findings.
This course discusses tools and techniques for conducting research as part of clinical practice. Both qualitative and quantitative research are addressed with an emphasis on practical approaches for the busy integrative health (IH) clinician. The course teaches practitioners how to design research projects of value to themselves, their patients, and the broader clinical community.
Concepts of health and disease pathogenesis from a yogic perspective will be discussed. Concepts important to understanding the causes of behavior that lead to suffering will be explored through the principle teachings of yoga. The relationship between asana, pranayama, meditation, diet, and lifestyle will be addressed in the context of health promotion, disease prevention and disease management. The class will include both classic training and contemporary understanding of the principles that constitute a yoga lifestyle. Fundamental principles of Ayurveda will be incorporated to provide a complementary perspective.
Yoga practices can have a profound effect on health by leading to changes in vitality associated with shifts in the flow of prana. This course will specifically explore the concept of prana in conjunction with pranayama or traditional practices of breath work. Included in this course will be in-depth consideration of common breath pattern disorders, their effect upon health (with specific consideration of prevalent health issues and symptoms of over-breathing), and the appropriate practices of pranayama that can be taught to address these breathing patterns. Both the physical and subtle anatomy of the breath will be covered. Students will also develop their skills in leading breathing practices.
This course continues the work begun in Yoga 634 Therapeutic Relationship and Client Education I (please see description above). This 3 credit course includes 30 didactic hours and 45 hours of independent study overseen by course faculty.
This series of courses (Yoga 640, 642, 643) examines approaches to Yoga Therapy, including fundamental philosophies, concepts that guide development of a treatment plan, and tools and techniques used to design practices for specific conditions and special client populations. Experienced practitioners demonstrate and discuss the application of diverse approaches in Yoga Therapy. This course (Yoga 642) focuses on the therapeutic applications of yoga therapy for chronic pain and neurological disorders. Examples of specific issues that will be addressed include low back pain, fibromyalgia, migraine headache and Multiple Sclerosis. Special emphasis will be on developing adaptive yoga practices for clients with limited mobility.
This course is a continuation of Yoga 644 Mentored Yoga Therapy Student Clinic I. Students will have the opportunity to work with clients individually in the Natural Care Center at Maryland University of Integrative Health, off-site with partner institutions and in community settings.
This course examines the endocrine system and energy metabolism in health and disease, linking those concepts to applied clinical nutrition. Stress, diet, imbalanced lifestyle, and environmental hormone disruptors can affect hormone and energy metabolism. The epidemiology and pathophysiology of common hormone imbalances and energy impairments will be explored through an integrative and functional lens. Topics will include mitochondrial health, thyroid, adrenal, hypothalamus, pituitary, and reproductive health. Controversial topics such as the role of iodine in thyroid and breast health will be explored. Assessments will include signs and symptoms, and relevant laboratory analysis. Therapeutic approaches will incorporate whole foods, therapeutic diets, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle in the broader context of an individual`s health, goals, and environment. Case studies will be used to help students integrate the science with clinical application.
This course provides the second half of the Clinical Residency. Residents work in a nutrition practice, complete a clinical research project and participate in webinars. Discussions cover all domains pertinent to clinical practice. Webinar discussions focus around participants’ questions and concerns, case studies, clinical research and practice management to deepen their competencies as advanced-practiced Clinical Nutritionists. In these webinar sessions, the instructor and students may discuss students’ case studies regarding students’ patients. These webinar discussions are not intended to offer supervision of or advice concerning the students’ patients’/clients’ care and are offered for educational/second opinion purposes only.