Meg Jordan is a Professor and Chair of the Integrative Health Studies online MA at CIIS Meg Jordan

Professor and Department Co-Chair
Integrative Health Studies
School of Professional Psychology and Health; American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at CIIS

PhD, Union Institute & University

MA Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies; BS Communications, University of Illinois; BS Nursing, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Professor Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP, ACC, NBC-HWC, is department chair of Integrative Health Studies, where her focus is preparing graduate students to be catalysts for positive change in health care, wellness, and health promotion. Dr. Jordan is a clinical medical anthropologist, an award-winning international health journalist, behavioral medicine specialist, RN, National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, author, and President of Global Medicine Enterprises, Inc. In 2018, she was awarded the William B. Baun Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Wellness Institute (NWI) for her contributions to the field of health and wellness and to NWI.

Her areas of expertise include integrative medicine, behavioral medicine, health promotion, wellness, and fitness. As a medical anthropologist, she specializes in the study of multidisciplinary models for integrative medicine (healing circles) and the emergence of health coaches as novel agents in health behavior change. Dr. Jordan is a shared first author of the peer-reviewed National Training and Education Standards for Health and Wellness Coaching: The Path to National Certification.  In 2012 she received a grant from Aetna Foundation to bring a unique model of Integrative Wellness Coaching to public housing residents. She is founder of American Fitness Magazine, and author of several books, including The Fitness Instinct and How to Be a Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach.

Former director of Integrative Practice at the Health Medicine Center, she has a clinical practice as a behavioral health specialist and is a certified coach with the International Coach Federation. She serves on numerous editorial review boards and professional membership boards. She is past co-president of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), on the executive board of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC), and the Leadership Council of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. She received the Circle and Leadership Service Award and earned one of the first Certified Wellness Professional (CWP) standings from NWI.

The Integrative Health Studies M.A. program was recognized for Academic Excellence in 2011 by the National Wellness Institute after she reconfigured and restructured the curriculum. As a cardiac rehabilitation director, she helped establish the nation's first hospital-based wellness center in Los Angeles, and later, as a hospital trustee, at ValleyCare Health System in northern California. Dr. Jordan is former health news commentator for NBC Today show and was host of Global Medicine Hunter® radio and TV in US and Canada. She was a governor appointee, serving on the first California Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports. She is a sought-after keynote presenter both in the U.S. and internationally. In 2016, she presented at the CDC in Atlanta, among other integrative health conferences. Her hobbies include racing sailboats on San Francisco Bay, music, film, and hiking.

Meg teaches Integrative Wellness Coaching, Advanced Health Coaching, and Integrative Seminar. Read more about these courses on the Master's in Integrative Health Studies program page.


How to be a Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach (2013)

The Fitness Instinct: The Revolutionary New Approach to Healthy Exercise (1999)


National Training Standards for Health and Wellness Coaching

Health Coaching for the Underserved

Coaching versus Psychotherapy in Health and Wellness

Fast Track to Health, Well-being and Happiness

A Dialogue between Naturopathy and Critical Medical Anthropology

Healing Circles: An Ethnographic Study

Wellness: From Movement to Profession


Integrative Health and the Health Care Law: An Interview with Dr. Meg Jordan
February 8, 2011


Six Ideas for Human Flourishing

Interviewing Dr. Gabor Maté


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