Integrative Health Studies
Prepare to be a leader in the field of health coaching as you study integrative wellness and learn the skills necessary to work with health care professionals in medical offices, CAIM clinics, and corporate wellness programs, or to work as a solo practitioner.
Integrative wellness is an individualized, client-centered approach to health, combining a whole person model with evidence-based strategies and practices. By employing integrative tools such as meditation, breath work, yoga, guided imagery, mind-body techniques, whole foods nutrition, exercise and movement, stress management, and indigenous medicine, health coaches assist others in setting and achieving health goals and in changing lifestyle behaviors.
Our accredited MA program, which has been awarded Transition Approval from NCCHWC, teaches rigorous scholarship, embodied practices, scientific investigation, mind-body-spirit integration, health equity, cultural sensitivity, and community activism. We stress ways of knowing, traditional healing wisdom, and evidence-based modalities to create a multidisciplinary, multifaceted learning environment.
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 diverse faculty that includes 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 coaches from our program do? Right now, they 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