This course provides an overview of the philosophy and practice of holistic health in India. Students will explore the concept of holistic health through the multiple lenses of culture, spirituality, economics, and social justice. This course is rooted in respect for the cross-cultural wisdom of numerous healing traditions, including Tibetan medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and yoga practices, and seeks to embrace many cultural perspectives and meanings that shape and influence individual and community health. Students will use critical thinking, reflection, lively discussion, philosophical knowledge, cultural practices, scientific evidence, and personal experience to deepen their understanding. They will integrate their findings into both a personal and professional model of integrative health that brings together the best of science and cross-cultural wisdom.
Please note: Based on transformative learning and adult education pedagogy, we hold our final class session approximately one month after we return from India. We find this time is critical for students to integrate and process their experiences while they write their paper and complete their final project based both on the academic literature and their experiences in India. It is during this critical time that students struggle with re-assimilation into their own culture and we want to make sure the class container is there to support them in their process. We will be able to submit grades within a week of our final class meeting, but not within a week after we return.
|January 1-13, 2019
||There will be an optional Global Studies orientation on
November 17th, 2018.
Students with limited travel experience or who have concerns about travel are encouraged to attend this morning event.
Additional on-campus meetings before & after travel, dates & times TBD
: This is a 3-credit, graduate level course in the Holistic Health Studies program. Students must be currently enrolled in a St. Catherine University graduate program to apply. Graduate Students in Holistic Health Students will have first priority. Graduate alumnae will be considered if there is space available in the course after the priority application deadline, however, they are required to register for and complete the course requirements.
: Culture as a Resource in Health and Healing, HHS 6730, 2 credits or similar course
Recommended: HHS 6720 - Complementary and Alternative Approaches to Health; HHS 6700 - Foundations of Health and Wellness
: This course meets the requirements for an elective in the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies. Students from other St Catherine graduate programs are able to transfer one course into their program of study.
Program and Application Information
Priority Application Deadline:
|Estimated Program Cost
||Included in Program Cost
||*Tuition Charge Note
|An estimate of the student costs will be published on or after April 1, 2018
The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018
There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st. Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. This will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
- Some meals
- All required course activities
- International Emergency Medical & Trip Cancellation Insurance
- Global Studies Administrative Fee
- Carbon emissions off-set donation
|For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 3 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition.
Because students from different programs with varying tuition costs will participate in this program, the tuition charge will be listed separately from the program fee.
Wednesday, April 13th
Final Application Deadline:
Please note that all applications submitted before the Priority Application Deadline (April 13, 2018) will be reviewed between April 14 and May 4. Students who submit applications before April 13 will be notified of decisions by May 4. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after the Priority Application Deadline for courses that have space remaining. A wait list is established when necessary. Interviews may be scheduled for all applicants as part of the application process. Faculty will follow up via email.
Early application is advised, as all courses have enrollment limits and may fill early. A wait list is established when necessary.
Dr. Laurie Anderson Sathe
Associate Professor of Holistic Health Studies
Coordinator,Women's Health Integrative Research Center
Additional Program and Administrative Information
: U.S. citizens ARE required to obtain a visa for travel to the locations of this course. The Global Studies Office will assist with the e-visa application process, and the fee for the e-visa is included in the program fee for U.S. citizens. All program participants will ABSOLUTELY need a valid passport by mid-October; the passport must expire NO EARLIER than July 14, 2019. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens should contact the Office of Global Studies to find if they will require a visa for travel.
: Students who complete an application and submit the $500 deposit may withdraw their application at any time up to 100 days before travel and receive a full refund of the program deposit. Additional cancellation information can be found within the application.
: All students will be registered for Global Studies courses by the Office of Global Studies once course costs have been finalized, typically in early December for J-Term courses. Students DO NOT need to register for Global Studies courses during the typical registration period.
: The program fee will be finalized in early December; the Office of Global Studies does everything within their power to ensure that the course cost is within the estimated range. Students will be billed for Global Studies J-Term courses during the first week in January, and bills will be due by the end of January.