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.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • Overview

    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.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 15

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses


    PSYC 5085          Introduction to Integrative Health Studies
    PSYC 6800          Psychology of Mind and Body
    PSYC 6785-01    Introduction to Integrative Mental Health
    PSYC 6785-02    Special Topics in Integrative Health Studies
    PSYC 6785-03    Final Culminating Project


    • PSYC-5085 - Horizon Seminar

      A special series of topical seminars meant to explore subjects at the leading edge of contemporary psychology, which are special interest to students and faculty. May be repeated for credit.

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    • PSYC-6785 - Advanced Horizon Seminar

      A special series of topical seminars meant to explore subjects at the leading edge of contemporary psychology which are of special interest to students and faculty.

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    • PSYC-6800 - Psychology of Mind and Body

      Examines the effects of psychological experiences on bio- physiological processes. Topics discussed include: psychoneuroimmunology, state-dependent learning, mind/body therapies (e.g., bio-feedback, meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery, etc.), and mind/body disciplines (e.g., yoga, tai chi, etc.).

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • Submit answers to the following questions:
      • Tell us about your interests in wanting to obtain a certificate in Integrative Health Studies?
      • How do you see the value of an Integrative Health Studies certificate in your professional goals?

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    Posted deadline includes Application, app fee, and all supplemental items/documents.

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.


    For more information on the Integrative Health Studies Certificate Program, contact the coordinator:

    Dr. Don Rice, Chair
    Psychology Department
    University of West Georgia


    Victoria Yang
    Graduate Program Coordinator/ Departmental Manager

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

    Objectives not available