Introducing the Circle of Health to Undergraduate and Graduate Classes
Assigning a project for students is a challenge – especially one that requires them to think critically and in an integrative manner about health with consideration of culture, environment, economic status plus life style ‘choices’, health behaviours, and traditional medical interventions. Research pointed to the Circle of Health as an excellent tool for learning analysis and integrative problem solving of contemporary health challenges.
Students were provided with a background on the purpose, structure, and application of the Circle of Health, then identified a rationale for why a specific health phenomenon requires attention and designed an original intervention incorporating health promotion theory and each of the Circle of Health rings in defining and responding to the health issue. The project was successful, most suitably for graduate students.
Terry Mitchell, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, ON Canada