Course of Study for Integrative Health Studies M.A.
The MA requires 40 units of coursework. The following sample course of study includes 36 units of required courses and 4 units of electives (indicated with*). Read course descriptions here.
Integrative Health Practitioner & Wellness Coach Knowledge and Skill-Building
Sustainable Health & Ecology (2 credits) (individual, community and ecological healing)
Mindfulness & Optimal Well-Being (2) (development of personal transformative skills)
Integrative Wellness Coaching (3) (theory, practice, ethics of coaching psychology)
Advanced Wellness Coaching (2) (coaching chronic health challenges)
*Transformative Imagery (3) (Offered as certificate in guided imagery)
Health Sciences Knowledge
Integrative Anatomy & Physiology (2)
Integrative Nutrition (3)
Mind/Body Approaches (2)
Stress Management and Movement (3)
Aging and Health (3)
Integrative Health Research (3)
Navigating Health Care Systems
CAIM: Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine (2)
Health Education (3)
Integrative Wellness Management (2)
*Indigenous Medicine (1)
Communication Practicum (1)
Integrative Seminar (3)
Full-Time or Part-Time Curriculum
Students may complete the program in a minimum of two years. They may also pursue the curriculum on a part-time basis, and complete their course of study within five years.
Students are required to set up advising appointments every semester, and to sign a contract intended to help them elucidate clear goals and work toward achieving their degrees.
Students gain real-world experience in the Integrative Health Field in a 200-hour internship. Read more here.
The Integrative Seminar is the culminating course for the MA degree. This seminar is a scholarly process designed to demonstrate critical knowledge in the students' area of study. It also demonstrates the ability to design, conduct, and assess applied research in integrative health and to engage professional skills. It provides an opportunity for students to reflect critically upon all work accomplished during the course of the program, while clarifying professional goals. Students must develop a focused interest and present a modified thesis on an integrative health research subject of their own interest.
Comments from our Students
"Like most of the students drawn towards a M.A. in Integrative Health, I had already integrated many wellness practices into my life. Being at CIIS has taken these practices to another level; as we learn about theories in the field, we deepen how we live our practices. Further, as we learn to work with others around wellness, we explore and expand our own capacity for health, growth, and transformation. " ~Francesca Marini
"I came to Integrative Health because I wanted to learn how to critically challenge structures, and use research as a creative ally to develop more connected and resilient systems. Everything I have learned has supported my goal, and the research methods class in particular is offering a framework to delve into the interests that I want to explore in my MA thesis." ~Emily McKee
"I have loved the experiential learning in the Integrative Health program. All of my classes integrated into my lifestyle, which both enhanced my learning and benefitted my health. I committed to a daily meditation practice, and became accountable for my fitness. While I was studying Stress Management, I was employing the tools to balance school, work, and family. The curriculum design was brilliant!" ~Cheryl Kapchan
"I have had many working and learning experiences, but I have never been in an environment where everyone is encouraged to set their own goals and then experiment with the many ways of making them manifest." ~Christian Osmers
"The Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine (CAIM) class provides a foundation from which we contextualize integrative health-care and wellness while exploring the history and future development of all of many healing modalities. In the CAIM class, our cohort strategically planned and proposed our own (hypothetical) integrative medicine centers, using our experiential skills and knowledge, and imagining what our practice as integrative health and wellness practitioners might look like after graduation." ~Carmen Mendoza King
"Being in the IHL program has opened up many incredible doors for me. Not only did it allow me to be immersed in the mind, body, spirit community, but it has been a guiding light into understanding how I choose to move forward and be of service in the world. I have been blessed to develop supportive and loving relationships that I know will last as we all go on in our own personal journeys." ~Dana Marie Richard