Accepting Applications for Fall 2019

The application for Fall 2019 will become available on November 15, 2018. Find out how to apply or attend an online info session to learn more.

Health Coaching and Integrative Wellness

Our online hybrid 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 online hybrid model, each semester includes an academic intensive followed by synchronous and asynchronous 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.

Graduates of the program are prepared to sit for the national certification exam from the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC).


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 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? Students in and 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 on our Testimonials page.


This program is ICHWC approved. Successful graduates meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the ICHWC Certifying Examination required for health and wellness coaches to become National Board Certified Health and 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, Intensive

The Fall 2019 application will be available on November 15, 2018. The deadline for priority consideration is February 15, 2019; after that, we accept applications on a rolling basis until June 15, 2019 for interntaional students and until July 15, 2019 for US students.

Read more about tuition here. Dates for the academic intensives are likely to be September 4-9, 2019 and January 13-18, 2020. The estimated cost of each intensive is $750 for meals and a shared sleeping room. This charge is not included in tuition.

Questions About Admissions or Integrative Health Studies?

Admissions Counselor: Lily Ritchie
(415) 575-6152 |

Program Manager
(415) 575-6199 |

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