Department Overview

Our online hybrid M.A. 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.

Our Approach

This two-year, nonclinical program supports passionate people who have a clear commitment to bridging Western biomedicine and Eastern alternative/complementary approaches to treatment. Coursework in this program combines intellectually rigorous courses with applied learning through internships and embodied practice. 

In addition to developing theoretical knowledge, students acquire practical skills, including a special focus on integrative wellness coaching. Our Integrative Health Studies graduates go on to work in private practice, hospitals and clinics, wellness programs, and international nongovernmental organizations.

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Career Paths

A degree in Integrative Health from CIIS incorporates behavioral psychology and coaching psychology methodology, exercise physiology, neurophysiology of stress management, integrative nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and health education in preventive health.

In addition to Western health approaches, our coursework incorporates integral wisdom including: subtle energy medicine, human flourishing, and spirituality and consciousness.

Through our experiential learning courses graduates are prepared to work in the field of integrative health as: 

  • Health and Wellness Managers, Program Coordinators, Specialist (Alameda Health System, SF General Hospital, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic)
  • Integrative Wellness Coaches, Health Educators, Researchers (CPMC Institute of Health and Healing, One Medical Group, Epiphany Health, private practice)
  • Writers on integrative wellness
  • Advocates for social, political and environmental interventions
  • Consultants and coaches to healthy living websites and app developers

Earn three Certificates with your Master's

This program is NBHWC approved. Graduates meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the NBHWC Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC). Graduates also receive certificates in Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching and Wellness Management, in Patient Navigation, and in Guided Imagery.

The Integrative Health Studies Online Master at California Institute of Integral Studies is an Approved Training Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, as the image of the NBHWC logo certifies

NBHWC-Approved Continuing Education

Integrative Health Studies is pleased to be NBHWC CE provider #100071. Any upcoming programs or workshops offered for CE units are listed on our Events page or contact us for more information. Further, graduates who serve as mentor coaches for current students earn NBHWC CEs.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022

February 15, 2022 - 1st priority deadline. Submit by February 15th at 11:59pm PT for guaranteed review. ​After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.

March 15, 2022 - 2nd application deadline: pending program space availability. Applications after this date are considered on a space-available basis and may not be considered if you miss this deadline.

April 15, 2022 - 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability (after the priority deadline). After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications. Applications will be considered on a space-available basis and may not be considered if you miss this deadline.

May 15, 2022 - 4th application deadline for programs still accepting applications (after the Feb 15th priority deadline). After this date, some programs may be full and only interview for waitlist spots or not be able to further review applications.

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