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 inculdes a residential retreat 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.

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 as 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? 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 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 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, Retreat

The Fall 2018 application will become available on November 15, 2017. The deadline for priority consideration is February 15, 2018. After that, we will accept applications on a rolling basis.

Read more about tuition here. Retreat dates for the 2018-2019 academic year are expected to be September 9-14, 2018 and January 20-25, 2019. This estimated cost of each retreat is $750 each for each student for meals and a shared sleeping room. This charge is not included in tuition.

Questions About Admissions or Integrative Health Studies?

Admissions Counselor: AmyJo Mattheis
(415) 575-6246 |

Program Manager
(415) 575-6199 |

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