The first online session of an elective course focused on the Circle of Health will be offered this week to 18 students attending Furtwangen University, Germany. The online portion of the course will consist of five sessions offered weekly with assignments to prepare for subsequent sessions. Throughout the elective, students will engage in dialogue through an online platform with other participants, and learn from each other – as well as the facilitator. The Circle of Health will serve as the framework for discussion, and integrate principles of health promotion, the Ottawa Charter, the social determinants of health, and the Aboriginal Medicine Wheel. The elective course will be facilitated online in real time by Patsy Beattie-Huggan, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, who played a key role in the development of the Circle of Health. Following the online sessions, students will work on a case study applying what they have learned. The course will end in June 2018.
The course was planned by Dr. Kirsten Steinhausen, Furtwangen University and introduced in person by visiting educator Dr. Christina Murray, University of Prince Edward Island (a partner university with Furtwangen University). Discussion of the case study will take place in the final session of the course and will be led by Dr. Steinhausen and Stephanie Harsch, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany.
Please note: The online sessions will be offered in English. However, the Circle of Health has been translated and the German graphic is available as a download at www.circleofhealth.net