Goddard College Presents
Health Arts and Sciences:
Bridging Nature, Culture, and Healing
The Health Arts and Sciences program (HAS) is an inspiring, fully accredited program for adult learners. Our learners are food and nutrition students, nurses, holistic health practitioners, lay people, and a diversity of others seeking supportive and flexible independent study within a holistic learning community. Health Arts is a progressive haven for experiential learning within a supportive community of peers and advisors. Learners attend one eight-day residency in the beautiful hills of Vermont each semester and the rest of the time they study from home with the support of their advisors.
The Health Arts and Sciences mission is to actively engage in the shared process of restoring health and wholeness to people and their communities through creating resilience and sustainability. Revitalizing self, community and the environment deepens our commitment to health within a whole systems framework and challenges learners to actively address the root causes of suffering in personal, social and ecological spheres. This learning journey invites us to reflect deeply, create meaningful relationships and develop the resources that are needed to foster personal transformation and radical social change.
Self-designed, interdisciplinary studies consist of an engaging mix of integrative health practices, diverse cultural perspectives, health education approaches, self-care activities, holistic sciences, and more. Depending on student interests, students create unique study plans reflecting their passions and goals. Past studies that reflect the field of nutrition, example, have included:
– Holistic Nutrition and Ecological Renewal
– Food Security and the Localvore Movement
– A Holistic Guide to Nutrition
– Chronic Illness and Whole Foods Nutrition
– Nutrition Along the Life Span
– Community Nutrition and Resilience
– Green Medicine verses Pharma
The Work of the Goddard Program: Semesters begin with an eight-day residency on the Goddard campus in the beautiful state of Vermont. The residency enables learners to create solid working partnerships with faculty advisors, network with peers, attend inspiring workshops and advising groups, and plan for the upcoming semester. Following the residency, learners participate in home-based independent study with the close guidance of faculty advisors. Work conducted from the home community usually takes the form of exchanging five learning “packets” over each 15-week semester
Our graduates have become community health educators, coaches, counselors, consultants, writers, researchers, organizers, activists, holistic guides, teachers, entrepreneurs and more.
Undergraduate applicants: The undergraduate HAS program at Goddard is for upper division BA transfer students (those who already have 60 college credits) and consists of a total of 120-credits. Goddard will accept up to 75 transfer credits, including prior learning portfolios for work in the world that is consistent with college standards. Depending on the number of transfer credits, students will need three to four HAS semesters to complete their Bachelor’s degree.
Graduate applicants: The graduate program usually consists of a four semester (48-credit) degree.
To learn more about Goddard’s Health Arts and Sciences program and degree requirements, please contact the Admissions Office and look at the Health Arts and Sciences section of the Goddard web page. Our counselors will be happy to talk with you and provide additional information:
Student testimonial from Larry “Goddard College provided one of the most unique and meaningful educational experiences of my entire 22 years of college studies. I am indebted to Goddard College and its fine faculty members for helping me define my educational and professional goals. As a college professor already at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI,Goddard’s faculty and Director worked with me closely to create a program, which would accomplish this. My thesis (now titled A Diet that Kills and One That Heals) focused on the health dangers associated with consuming the Standard American Diet. As a result of my writing and degree, I now teach a college class called “Biological Foundations of Nutrition”. Another part of my writing and educational training is now used in the Anatomy and Physiology component of a college class I teach in biology. Many of the nutritional concepts I studied are now used in my nutritional and counseling clinics. A great opportunity awaits you at Goddard.”
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