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PDV 39 W — The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online course (System Requirements)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Jun 26—Aug 25
Drop Deadline: Jul 4
Unit: 1
Tuition: $455
Instructor(s): Kee Chan
Limit: 45
Jun 26—Aug 25
9 weeks
Drop By
Jul 4
1 Unit
Kee Chan

There is no one key to sustaining or achieving an overall healthy lifestyle. That is because wellness is a multifaceted affair, and healthy living is the product of the choices we make across seven dimensions: (1) physical, (2) intellectual, (3) emotional, (4) social, (5) spiritual, (6) occupational, and (7) environmental.

In this course, we will unlock the science behind the seven dimensions of wellness. Initially, we will explore the relationship between biology and wellness, showing how choices in our lives affect our DNA. Then, we will discuss the seven dimensions, covering one each week. Students will discover how healthy habits (such as exercise and smart food choices) contribute to an important level of physical wellness. They will also see how wellness goes beyond the purely physical and into other realms. Emotional wellness (the capacity to understand ourselves and share feelings of anger, fear, hope, and love); social wellness (the ability to connect with other people); occupational wellness (the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields)—these other forms of wellness also contribute to an integrated sense of well-being.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 45 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Kee Chan, Integrative Health Coach; Public Health Scientist

Kee Chan has taught courses on health and wellness management. She developed a DNA test to detect severe combined immunodeficiency and conducts costbenefit analysis research on medical interventions. She is the author of The Wellness Plan: The DNA Guide to Healthy Living, and is a member of the Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Section of the American Public Health Association. Chan received a PhD in epidemiology and public health from Yale.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Dr. K. Chan, The Wellness Plan (ISBN 978-1542537223)
(Recommended) Zenergy Press, Journaling Now (Black & White): Capture Your Heart's Desires (ISBN 978-1542764186)