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Integrative Health Studies Certificate (IHS)

IHS Mission Statement | IHS Admission Requirements | IHS Course of Study

Program Overview

Integrative Health is one of the fastest growing areas in health care, yet there are very few higher education options for students wishing to enter the field of holistic or alternative medicine. The UWG psychology department teamed up with noted experts and key leaders in alternative and holistic medicine to develop the Integrative Health Studies Certificate program, a new pathway for learning in this growing area of medicine.

Combining the strengths of conventional and alternative systems of healing, integrative health is an exciting field for students preparing for clinical licensure as well as health care professionals who are already licensed. The mission of the Integrative Health Studies (IHS) Certification is to facilitate the development of leadership in integrative health by providing a solid theoretical foundation and an introduction to best practices of mind-body medicine.

This program is designed for current master's program students, alternative/holistic health practitioners, nontraditional learners and other students seeking to enter the field of mind-body medicine with a broader knowledge base. Currently enrolled students include master's degree candidates, professional counselors, and healing professionals from a variety of practice areas such as licensed massage therapists, wellness coaches, nutritionists, fitness instructors and practitioners of body-centered healing therapies.

Some students choose to pursue the IHS certificate in tandem with a master's degree, and the flexible list of electives makes this entirely feasible. Other students may elect to obtain only the IHS certificate without obtaining a master's degree.