Integrative Health Studies
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Our Master of Arts in Integrative Health Studies is at the forefront of integrative health education, health coaching, and wellness management. We give our students a broad perspective on preventive and integrative therapies, indigenous healing, and complementary and alternative healing modalities to provide a holistic and nourishing foundation to improve health and well-being.
Our students learn how to deliver a client-centered, individualized approach to health coaching that combines a whole person model with evidence-based strategies and practices. Through a focus on integrative tools like mind-body medicine, whole foods nutrition, breath work, meditation, mindfulness practices, ancestral medicine, exercise and movement, our graduates provide knowledge, practices and resources to advance the health and wellness of all communities.
Our accredited MA program has been awarded Transition Approval from the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC), and graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam. The Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate embedded within the MA has also received an unprecedented 402 contact hours by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The program earned "Academic Excellence" award from the National Wellness Institute (NWI).
Integral education for Integrative Health emphasizes collaborative learning, community service, rigorous scholarship, internships, and a focus on mind-body-spirit integration, health equity, and cultural sensitivity to prepare graduates to excel as leaders in health and wellness careers. In addition to preparing outstanding master's level health coaches, our students learn the skills necessary to work with health care professionals in medical offices, CAIM clinics, and corporate wellness programs, or to work as solo practitioners.
Learn how our MA program is one of the best in the country. Here's our chair, Dr. Meg Jordan:
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 internships and our alumni.
The Integrative Health Studies program has been awarded Transition Approval from the NCCHWC. Graduates of our program will be prepared to sit for the national exam when it is introduced in 2017. In addition, graduates receive a Certificate in Health Coaching and Wellness Management, along with an optional Certificate in Guided Imagery