Our Students and Graduates
Our students' and graduates' work touches health and wellness in many ways.
- They are health coaches for nutrition, mindfulness, chronic disease management, and workplace wellness apps (including Lantern, Vida, and FareWell).
- They are health coaches and administrators at hospitals, clinics, corporations, and integrative health organizations (including One Medical, Alameda Health System, and San Francisco General).
- They are health coaches, and complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, in private practice (including Welljii Institute).
- They are wellness managers for corporations and non-profit organizations (including Open Source Wellness, Curry Senior Center, Charlotte Maxwell Clinic).
- They are writers, bloggers, and researchers on integrative health (including Holistic Primary Care.MedAmerica, and Find Your Birth Joy).
- 92% work in integrative health full- or part-time.
- 50% work at least part-time for a health coaching app.
Below are testimonials to the power of Integrative Health Studies.
Learning from pioneers
The retreat was more than I could have imagined or expected. It was an opportunity to come together with like-minded people to discuss and learn from pioneers in the integrative health field. It was amazing, inspiring and a little overwhelming! It really helped me understand who I am, and why I am drawn to this field. And I can see that the answers will trickle into the rest of my time at CIIS and into my life. What a wonderful, life-altering experience. ~Angela Keller
The retreat was a great opportunity to build the sense of community that is much needed in a hybrid online program. I feel much more confident in embarking on this path knowing that I have a stellar support system. ~Julia Baschiera
The rich coursework has opened my heart to greater self-respect and a greater respect for others--I feel friendlier, more alive, and more resilient. I have also learned, thanks to the positivity and respect modeled by each instructor and mirrored by every one of the students, that it truly is okay to make mistakes: they provide for unique and rich lessons. This program is an education in living as a whole and integrated individual in a whole and integrated community. That sense of wholeness has become my new normal--a compass of remembered, embodied experience that informs my conversations and actions, and has already given me so much more confidence in who I am and what I'm up to in life. ~Sara Clerk
This program is strongly suited for anyone who wants to be immersed in a culture of safety and support. The academic residency is a beautiful way to build community, while the online component gives us the flexibility to continue in our day-to-day lives. ~Abi Olmstead
I was hired to create the wellness program at Alameda Health System, and manage all aspects of programming for 4700 employees at 9 sites. It's been an exciting adventure to bring a holistic wellness model to an allopathic setting, and test my skills and ingenuity. I'm also working on an independent business venture where I focus on how wellness relates to personal fulfillment, food, and activity. The faculty in the Integrative Health program represented both the academic and professional sides of various health and wellness disciplines, and gave me strong professional mentors to pursue my goals. ~Toni Sicola
After three years in academia, I recently became a corporate writer for MedAmerica in Emeryville. I write and compile proposals, selling our parent company's services to hospital administrators. I call on my degree to understand current health trends, analyze performance metrics, and write about hospital integration. Nonetheless, I would never have found this position if it wasn't for the recommendation of program graduate Sarah O'Sullivan. ~Molly Hartle
I work in Mexico City as a bilingual integrative health coach and consultant, with an emphasis on chronic illness: type 2 diabetes, obesity, etc. I also teach yoga and practice Traditional Thai Massage. Although the need for this type of work is expanding at an alarming rate here, therapeutic resources are still quite limited. Every day I'm excited, delighted, and honored to be a part of this nascent healing community. ~Kelly Guevara
After completing the Integrative Health program, I began working as a health coach in the corporate wellness field. After a few years of experience both as a coach and as a manager, I set off with the confidence to start my own business which I have successfully run now for over a year. The health coaching program, combined with the entire Integrative Health Studies curriculum, is both comprehensive and extremely progressive. Motivated students will happily find themselves better prepared than they realized for a fruitful career in this emerging field. ~Sarah Showalter-Feuillette
Integrative primary care
The Integrative Health program taught me the undeniable power of community in facilitating personal growth and healing. In my work for a large, integrative primary care practice, I develop and manage group wellness programs where individuals feel empowered to be active agents in their health. I learned essential skills in my coaching classes that I use every day as I teach people practical skills and provide them a safe space where they feel a sense of belonging, acceptance, and community. ~Kareen Patterson