Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017!

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Health Coaching and Integrative Wellness

Our blended in-person/online MA in Integrative Health Studies prepares students to become leaders in the expanding fields of integrative health, personal wellness, and health promotion. We teach a client-centered, individualized approach to health coaching, combining a whole-person model with evidence-based strategies and practices. Through a focus on integrative tools like whole foods nutrition, stress management, fitness, complementary therapies, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology, our graduates provide the culturally sensitive knowledge, practices, and resources needed to advance the health and wellness of individuals and communities.

Integrative Health Studies Program:

  • In our blended model, each semester is introduced with a residential retreat followed by online coursework.
  • Students meet and learn with colleagues without having to relocate to San Francisco.
  • All classes are taught by CIIS faculty using our unique integral approach.
  • Students study on their own schedules—perfect for working adults and parents.
  • Students graduate with two certificates: Integrative Health/Wellness Coaching and Wellness Management, and Guided Imagery.

Our program is proud to have received Transition Approval from the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC). Graduates of the program will be prepared to sit for this first professional national certification exam when it is launched in 2017.


Professor Meg Jordan is a leader in the fields of integrative health and health coaching and the author of a prominent book on integrative health coaching. She leads a faculty rich in experience; they include a naturopathic doctor; a doctor of public health who is a specialist in gerontology; a marriage and family therapist who has written leading books on guided imagery; and a leader in the new workplace wellness movement. 


What work do health coaches do? Right now, graduates of our program are helping an integrative medicine doctor provide mind-body programs to chronically ill teens; launching health coaching apps for nutrition, mindfulness, chronic disease management, and workplace wellness; and offering ongoing support to chronic pain patients at a community alternate care clinic. Read more about our graduates.


This program is an ICHWC-Approved Transition Program. Successful graduates meet the eligibility requirements (for the Transition Phase) to sit for the HWC Certifying Examination required for health and wellness coaches to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC). In addition, graduates receive certificates in Integrative Health/Wellness Coaching and Wellness Management and in Guided Imagery.

Info Sessions

Learn more about Integrative Health Studies at one of our Info Sessions. Sessions are led by one of our core faculty, and include time for your questions.

Application, tuition, retreat

Start your application today to join our program in Fall 2017. We accept applications on a rolling basis through the final deadline of August 1 for US students, June 1 for international students.

Read more about tuition here. Retreat dates for the 2017-2018 academic year are September 11-16, 2017 and January 20-25, 2018. We anticipate that each retreat will cost $750-800 for each student for meals and a shared sleeping room.

Questions About Admissions or Integrative Health Studies?

Admissions Counselor: Pauline Reif
(415) 575-6152 |

Program Manager
(415) 575-6199 |

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