About the Integrative Health Studies Program
One of the first nonclinical integrative health graduate degree programs in the U.S., the IHL program can be completed in a minimum of two years and 40 units.
IHL attempts to provide students with the utmost flexibility, including evening and weekend courses, to accommodate people trying to balance careers, work schedules, and families.
Classes are designed to accommodate multiple interests and levels of practice. Some students enter the program with limited experience in the health field as yoga instructors, fitness trainers, or other allied wellness practitioners.
Other students are licensed health professionals or have a certification in practices such as homeopathy, guided imagery, or aromatherapy, or work in recreation or a health store.
Still others have no experience in health fields but seek supportive staff positions and opportunities to collaborate in clinical settings.
The IHL program goes beyond a focus on the practical applications of health promotion and client education, building professional knowledge and skills in health communications and new media.
Through development and independent studies and faculty mentorship, students specialize in topics such as Ayurvedic healing, traditional herbs, healh econiomics, whole foods nutrition and corporate wellness.
Students learn to create podcasts and health websites. They honor multicultural perspective and the health equity needs of vulnerable populations, and explore the intersection of holistic health and spirituality.
“My Integrative Health studies M.A. prepared me in ways that exceeded expectations for my current position as wellness manager of five hospital and clinic sites."- Toni Sicola, Alameda County Medical Center
"The CIIS curriculum for health coaching is above and beyond what's seen in the field. You'll be well-prepared to go after this career." - Sarah Showalter, Health Coach
Graduates of the program (a few enter as licensed or certified health professionals) work successfully in the following roles:
- Integrative health practitioners in private practice
- Integrative wellness coaches in corporations or spas
- Integrative health center staff
- Integrative health practitioners in hospitals
- Wellness program managers and coaches in corporations
- Holistic spa administratiors
- Practitioners in wellness clinics
- Holistic health educators
- Health promotion managers
- Mind-body healing practitioners in physicians’ offices
- Directors of international nongovernmental organizations
CORE COMPETENCIES GAINED
Graduates are able to do the following:
- Demonstrate skill in scholarship, systematic inquiry, and critical thinking
- Demonstrate sociocultural sensitivity and ability to adapt health communications and programs to people of diverse populations, needs, and environments
- Demonstrate professional skills in caring, service, and leadership.
- Demonstrate professional and interpersonal communication skills.
- Demonstrate capacity and willingness to adopt and model a holistic self-care practice, striving to integrate mind-body-spirit.