The doctoral program in Integral Health has been designed to foster the following aims: 

  • to present a course of study, which allows for the development of a sophisticated grasp of convergences and divergences in Eastern and Western thought in medicine, science, religion, and philosophy, and for synthetic-integrative possibilities, 

  • to provide training in a range of devices which yield physical data bearing upon manifestations of body-mind-sprit in operation, 

  • to apply and expand scientific forms of investigation to incorporate study of “paranormal” aspects of human life, and to show how such phenomena can be assimilated into religious thought and philosophy, 

  • to provide an opportunity for students with the appropriate educational preparation to conduct a substantial research project which contribute to the goal of Integral Health.

Integral Health Ph.D. PLOs.  Graduates of CIHS Integral Health Ph.D. program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Synthesize and formulate, in meta-systematic manner, diverse studies in the human sciences and articulate their interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature, including psychology, integral health, philosophy of science, and reality theory.

  • PLO 2: Demonstrate empathic and formal communication informed by meta-systematically integrated views of human interaction, scholarly sources, advanced qualitative and quantitative research and original contributions.

  • PLO 3: Construct meta-systematic philosophical and scientific paradigms that advance global-holistic approaches to wellbeing.

  • PLO 4: Identify, appraise, and design novel problems in the human sciences, and solve them as an original contribution to the field

The Doctor of Philosophy in Integral Health requires ninety-four (94) graduate quarter units, 72 units of course work including ten core courses (40 units), and 22 units of Dissertation sequence. Core courses completed at the Master’s level do not have to be repeated, and they may be applied toward the Doctoral course requirements to a maximum of 16 quarter units, except the Spiritual Education requirement is to be fulfilled at both Master’s and Doctoral level. Elective course units, beyond the core courses, may be completed by drawing upon the Integral Health, Psychology, Life Physics, and Comparative Religion and Philosophy curricula.


Core courses                         58 units

Electives                                 36 units

TOTAL                                    94 units


  • IH 700 Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences (4 units)

  • IH 701 Foundations in Integral Studies (4 units)

  • IH 702 Consciousness Studies (4 units)

  • IH 703 Counseling and Communication Skills (4 units)

  • IH 704 Spiritual Education (several options available) (4 units)

  • IH 705 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (4 units)

  • IH 706 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)

  • IH 740 Paradigms of Health and Disease (4 units)

  • IH 752 Subtle Energy Systems I: Consciousness, Dynamics, and the Subtle Body (4 units)

  • IH 896 Dissertation Topic Research (5 units)

  • IH 897 Dissertation Methodology Review (5 units)

  • IH 898A Dissertation I (6 units)

  • IH 898B Dissertation II (6 units)

Sample Elective Courses

  • IH 523 Traditional Chinese Medicine Systems (4 units)

  • IH 525 Integrative Anatomy & Physiology (4 units)

  • IH 620 Electrophysiology & Biofeedback* (4 units)

  • IH 628 Quantum Concepts for Biology and Consciousness (4 units)

  • IH 679 Human Bio-field: Scientific & Philosophical Concepts (4 units)

  • IH 708 Introduction to AMI Research* (4 units)

  • IH 712 Subtle Energy Devices Survey (4 units)

  • IH 731 Karma, Reincarnation, and the Survival of Consciousness (4 units)

  • IH 741 Biophysics of Neuroscience (4 units)

  • IH 751 Psychoacoustics (4 units)

  • IH 753 Energy Psychology (4 units)

  • IH 777A Introduction to Biophoton Research* (4 units)

  • IH 781 Consciousness Based Medicine (4 units)

  • IH 790 Topics of Special Interest (2-4 units)

  • IH 799 Independent Study (4 units)

  • PSY 732 Somatic Psychology (4 units)


*Lab course (requires additional fee)

Concentrations within a Degree Program


Individually Designed Concentrations:

The Individually Designed Concentration (IDC) areas option has been designed to meet the needs of students who wish to design a course of studies within a degree program.  IDCs may be proposed within any of the degree programs within the Schools of Integral Health, Integral Noetic Studies, and Psychology.  Students with IDC concentrations complete the same course courses and core course units for the degree program and design the IDC within the electives course units.


The student identifies and secures a faculty advisor, often the Program Director, who agrees to oversee the IDC.  All continuing CIHS faculty members, including Program Directors, may serve as the academic advisor for an IDC.  The faculty member’s area(s) of expertise will align with the student’s proposed area of study.  The faculty member or Program Director is responsible for reviewing and approving the coursework (including electives and, if necessary, independent studies) and for providing the IDC student with advising including annual advising during the spring quarter.  The faculty advisor completes the student’s pre-graduation audit associated with the IDC requirements.  The faculty advisor usually is the Dissertation Committee Chair for PhD students or the Thesis Advisor for MA students.


Students who want to pursue an IDC should schedule a meeting with the Program Director to review administrative details.


Program Designed Concentrations (PDCs):


Degree Program Directors may design concentration areas to meet the needs of a group of students.  Requirements for a PDC are the same as IDCs except that PDCs may be subject to an enrollment group minimum, and the Program Director and not the student will design the set of elective courses and independent studies that compose the concentration.  Students pursuing a PDC should schedule a meeting with the Program Director for instructions regarding admittance requirements and administrative details.  PDCs are subject to change and/or revision to meet the needs of students.  The following PDCs are currently available:


School of Integral Health MA and PHD Degrees, Concentration in Life Physics: designed to provide the graduate student with a solid foundation in research methodologies, anatomy and physiology, meridian theory of traditional Chinese medicine, and bio-energetic sciences, as well as area-specific and advanced research methods.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, in a related field.

  • Applicants to the Integral Health PHD program must have an interview with the program director and concentration director prior to admittance into the program.