COVID-19 Update from the Program

Due to Covid-19 precautions, IHL Academic Intensives will be held virtually until further notice. The online gathering is scheduled during the first two weeks of the semester. Please continue to check back for more information regarding our in-person intensives. We will continue to prioritize health and wellness as we await the return of our beloved retreat time! 

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.

Apply Now

Fall 2021 Applications are now closed.

Fall 2022 Applications will open on November 15, 2021

Application Deadline Information for Fall 2021:

February 15, 2021 - 1st priority deadline for all other programs. 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, 2021 - 2nd Priority deadline.
April 15, 2021 - 3rd Priority deadline.
May 15, 2021 - 4th Priority deadline.
June 15, 2021 - 5th Priority deadline.
July 15, 2021 - Final deadline. Submit by July 15th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.
August 15, 2021 - Select programs will still consider applications on a space-available basis.

Apply now at apply.ciis.edu/apply

Read more about our application requirements or join us at an upcoming event

Contact Us

Admissions Counselor: Lily Ritchie
415-575-6152 | lritchie@ciis.edu

Program Manager
ihl@ciis.edu

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