This award-winning, 40-credit program is the first in the nation to prepare master's level leaders in the expanding fields of integrative health and wellness coaching. The curriculum offers in-depth study in the intersecting fields that are transforming health care from its current, ongoing crisis to one that emphasizing the use of preventive strategies in wellness and health promotion.

Integrative health is an individualized, client-centered approach to wellness, combining a whole person model with evidence-based strategies and practices.  Students learn how to assist others in setting and achieving health goals by employing integrative tools such as meditation, breath work, yoga, guided imagery, mind-body techniques, whole foods nutrition, exercise and movement, stress management, sound healing, and personal health planning. Students learn how to help others reduce disease risk by changing lifestyle behaviors.

Students also learn to be social advocates for social change, since environmental and social factors are determinants of health.

Unique Features of Integrative Health Studies at CIIS:

The Program is a Recognized Leader in Integral Learning

  • It includes rigorous scholarship, embodied practices, scientific investigation, mind-body-spirit integration, and community activism

  • It combines ways of knowing, traditional healing wisdom, and evidence-based modalities to create a multidisciplinary, multifaceted learning environment

  • It employs a bio-psycho-social model from multiple perspectives with cultural sensitivity and health equity at the foundation

  • It is an accredited M.A. program

The Program Offers a Certificate in Integrative Wellness Coaching and Wellness Management

  • The Certificate is earned along with the M.A. upon successful completion of the Wellness Coaching module

  • The program has been approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for 402 contact hours of Approved Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) which can lead to ICF coach certification

  • Coaching classes are aligned with National Consortium for Credentialing of Health & Wellness Coaches' (NCCHWC) evolving educational standards

The Program Offers a Certificate in Guided Imagery

  • The Certificate is earned along with the M.A. upon successful completion of a 3-credit course, Transformative Imagery, which explores guided imagery's theoretical foundations and findings in neuroscience, and its applications for stress reduction, health enhancement, recovery from illness, and life enrichment

The Program Requires an Intensive 200-hour Internship

  • The Internship allows real-world experience to consolidate classroom learning

  • Students have the opprotunity to learn from and be inspired by leaders in the field

  • Internships may explore alternative and complementary healing; vulnerable populations; organizational wellness programs; health and wellness coaching; integrative health research; integrative health administration

Additional Features

  • The program won the Academic Excellence Award in 2011 from the National Wellness Institute

  • Students are eligible for federal financial aid

  • Alumni are an accessible network of integrative health practitioners and wellness program developers

  • Program may be completed in two years when enrolled full-time; a part-time option is also available

  • Department Chair Professor Meg Jordan serves as Co-President of the National Wellness Institute (NWI) and is on the Executive Board of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC)

  • Professor Meg Jordan has written a leading text for the field, How to be a Health Coach.


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