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VITAL Relational Health

Module 2: The Science of Relational Health

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Welcome to the second module for VITAL: Relational Health.
This module describes the biology of relational health, including how relational health promotes life-long health and wellness, and how social relationships “get under our skin”. This module outlines how social influence, services, information, and psychological states are all pathways for relational health, and explores how supportive relationships can bolster healthy nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.


By the end of this module participants will be able to:
1. Describe the importance of relational health across the lifespan.
2. Explain at least two mechanistic pathways by which relational health can improve health outcomes.
3. Describe how relational health impacts cardiovascular disease outcomes, neuroendocrine and immune functioning, and mortality.


Rachel Gilgoff, MD
Sarah Rock, JD


RJ Gillespie, MD, MHPE
David W. Willis, MD, FAAP
Irene S. Gilgoff, MD
Diana Hembree, MSFS


Adam Hain DET, MA Ed
Robert Sege MC, Ph.D
Baraka Floyd MD
  • The Science of Relational Health
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever