PSYC 316

Holistic Health

2 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

In this course, students work on a definition of holistic health, learn about mental health and stress management, study nutrition standards, develop physical fitness plans, explore spirituality's effect on health, and consider responsibility for environmental health. Students also learn criteria to judge the effectiveness of different health care approaches and evaluate a variety of health care practitioners. The course requires exploring information through written bibliographies, reading, writing major papers and interviewing.

Learning outcomes


  • Student will analyze the impact of the social, cultural and behavioral factors that influence mental and physical health.
  • Student will apply knowledge to develop a personal wellness plan.
  • Student will learn historical and contemporary models of whole person health

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.