BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ACHD-227 - Contemporary Health & Medical Practices - 3.00 Credits

ACHD-227 - Contemporary Health & Medical Practices - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The purpose of this course is to provide students with information to enhance their knowledge and skills about contemporary health practices including the medical system. Students will learn medical terminology including the DSM-V and medical approaches used by physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other medical professionals. Students will gain an understanding of the key health problems plaguing Aboriginal communities and treatments from medical perspectives and explore how traditional, holistic practices can be blended with contemporary approaches. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including intergenerational impacts by providing students with the opportunity to incorporate contemporary health practices with residential school survivors and family members and to ensure that the workers are sensitive to the legacy of physical and sexual abuse resulting from residential schools.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Community & Health Development Diploma - Aboriginal Community and Health Diploma
  • Prerequisites : PSYC 111,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • compare and contrast traditional and non-traditional methods of medical service;

  • understand the importance of a well-balanced life in the use of traditional medicines;

  • articulate medical terminology as it relates to practice;
  • define Health and Government responsibility;

  • understand the concept of patient-focused care, community-care, and non-profit care;

  • understand the impact of colonization and oppression on Aboriginal families and communities;

  • demonstrate the difference between the Medical Model and the Medicine Wheel ideology; and

  • understand the role of traditional medicine in the healing process.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Balillie, Harold W., Garrett, Rosellen M. & Garrett, Thomas M. ( 2001). Health care ethics: principles and problems. 4th edition. Toronto: Prentice Hall.
  • Other Resources:
  • As per Instructor.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved August 2004.