SCHOOL OF INTEGRAL HEALTH 

HOLISTIC APPROACHES
HUMAN HEALTH

Develop a deep understanding of the human mind, body, and spirit by exploring Eastern and Western approaches to medicine, science, religion, and philosophy.

DEGREES & REQUIREMENTS

WHY STUDY INTEGRAL HEALTH AT CIHS?

The M.A. in Integral Health provides graduate students with a highly customizable foundation
in global philosophical traditions, consciousness studies, and various research methodologies.

After completing eight core courses, students are able to design their own concentrations by
choosing elective courses from any of CIHS’s M.A. programs, which includes Integral Health,
Psychology, and Integral Noetic Sciences.

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PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of CIHS's Integral Health Master’s program will be able to:


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

  • PLO 2: Demonstrate empathic and formal communication informed by an integrated view of human interaction, scholarly sources.

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

  • PLO 4: Critically evaluate and solve problems in the human sciences in an integrally informed manner, through the use of qualitative and quantitative research.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION

Bachelor's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Fifty-six (56) graduate quarter units are required to complete the Master of Arts degree program in Integral Health. Thirty-two core curriculum graduate quarter units are earned in eight core courses designed to establish a basic foundation in the systems of philosophy and research methods. The remaining units are earned by completing elective courses drawn from Integral Health or other departments in consultation with the program director. If a student is continuing into a Ph.D. program at CIHS, Thesis units may be substituted with another elective course.


Core courses: 32 quarter units

Electives: 24 quarter units

Total: 56 quarter units

INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED CONCENTRATIONS (IDCs)

The Individually Designed Concentration (IDC) option was created to meet the needs of students who wish to design a course of study 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 core courses and units for the degree program and design the IDC within their elective course units. 


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


To start an IDC, the student identifies and secures a faculty advisor whose area(s) of expertise align with the student’s proposed area of study who agrees to oversee the IDC. The faculty advisor (which is often the program director) reviews and approves IDC coursework (including electives and, if necessary, independent studies) and eventually completes the student’s pre-graduation audit to confirm all IDC requirements have been met. Typically, the IDC faculty advisor will also serve as the dissertation committee chair for PhD students or the thesis advisor for MA students.

PROGRAM DESIGNED CONCENTRATIONS (PDCs)

Degree program directors may also 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 it is the program director and not the student who designs the curriculum.  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.  Currently, the following PDC is 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.

CORE CURRICULUM

  • IH 500 Academic Writing Within the Human Sciences (4 units)

  • IH 501 Foundations in Integral Studies (4 units)

  • IH 502 Consciousness Studies (4 units)

  • IH 645 Integral Spiritual Coaching (4 units)

  • IH 504 Spiritual Education (several options available) (4 units)

  • IH 505 Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (4 units)

  • IH 507 Integral Perspectives on Health (4 units)

  • IH 690 Thesis (4 units)