Integrative Health Studies M.A. Program
Integrative Health Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is a non-clinical master’s degree program that can be completed in a minimum of two years and 40 units. It includes academic classes, workshops, and a 200-hour internship focused in one or more of the following areas: Alternative and Complementary Healing, Health Advocacy, Wellness Coaching and Wellness Programming, Reducing Health Disparities, Spirituality and Healing, Global Health, Integrative Health Research, Sound and Healing, or Integrative Health Administration. Integrative Health Studies (IHL) explores a new paradigm for health and healing that emphasizes health promotion and wellness, client-centered care, primary prevention, and collaborative practice among supportive networks. Because the integrative health model integrates East with West, modern with ancient, and explores personal, multicultural, and global healing systems, it relies on the latest discoveries of biomedicine side by side with time-honored perspectives on mind-body-spirit wholeness. The in-depth course of study focuses on the integration of conventional medicine and science-based principles of health and healing with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, and interweaves science-based principles of health promotion and wellness coaching.
Recognized as a unique and leading-edge program, Integrative Health Studies captures the essence of CIIS integral education through intellectual rigor, applied learning, and embodied practice. Students build professional knowledge and skills, honor multicultural perspectives, address the needs of vulnerable populations, develop necessary competencies for integrative wellness program design and implementation, and expand their knowledge in emerging theories in integrative health and wellness from the quantum to the macrocosmic.
Students may choose between two fields of study: the Integrative Wellness curriculum or the Sound and Healing Focus. In addition, a Certificate in Integrative Wellness Coaching can be earned by students who complete the full module of coursework.
In addition, IHL offers a deeper level of understanding for conventional and holistic practitioners, skills for those seeking administrative positions, as well as opportunities for collaboration in clinical settings, nonprofit organizations, and public and global health initiatives. The program creates integrative health practitioners and leaders sensitive to health disparities and social justice issues. Its mission is to support and enhance the health of individuals and their communities through the provision of holistic, culturally sensitive education and training for individuals and health professionals who seek to provide integrative health and wellness services.
More information at 415 575-6199, Program Coordinator, Integrative Health Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.ciis.edu