This 100% online program provides a foundation in integrative health, a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on the mind, body, and spirit.
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Integrative Health Science (IHS)
Are you ready to make a difference? Become an Integrative Health Science Professional and lead the way to Health and Well-Being.
The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has made health-related quality of life and well-being improvement for all individuals one of their top goals for this decade. The need for individuals trained in integrative and holistic approaches to health and well-being is growing exponentially!
In fact, by the year 2022, the field of health coaching and mentoring is anticipated to increase by at least 22%.
Over the last decade access to health-promoting content has become increasingly available. But has it really? Unfortunately, no. In today’s world, for the average person, trying to navigate the landslide of conflicting information about health and well-being, is at best, confusing and in some cases even dangerous. As such, the need, and expectation for knowledgeable and skillful professionals educated in Integrative Health has risen sharply and is projected to continue to rise over the next decade.
Health care consumers need help! They want guidance and clarity, and they expect healthcare professionals to partner with them in meeting their health and wellness needs. To date, the industry has fallen short in meeting health care consumers where they are. That’s why Casa Loma College’s Online Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Health Science (IHS)bridges the gap between practitioner-professional and patient – consumer with our holistic, person-centered approach to health care.
By assuming a multidisciplinary approach to a rigorous study of the full range of influences affecting a person’s health and wellbeing; physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental, the Integrative Health Science degree prepares students to meet not only industry needs, but human needs.
The Integrative Health Science program is an accelerated bachelor degree program with completion of the program in two and one-half years (2 ½). The IHS program consists of 44 courses; 121 semester credits; and 1815 hours of education.
The IHS program is 100% online, and includes foundational instruction in Integrative health practices, as well as concentrated theory and practice. Supplemental courses in business, ethics, and health literacy are in included as integral parts of well-rounded learning and professional readiness. The program offers two tracks of concentration:
- General Integrative Health Science
- Women’s Health Studies
The Generalized Studies Track offers an applied overview of the most relevant knowledge, skills, and practices in Integrative Health.
The Women Health Studies Track includes the applied overview of the most relevant knowledge, skills, and practices as core curriculum, culminating with significant courses toward women-focused integrative health.
Both options feature a capstone project in which students will be required to draw on all aspects of the curriculum to develop a final project, research paper, or complete an appropriate internship.
Graduates of the program will be at the forefront of progressive healthcare, uniquely educated and qualified, and thus provided with the ability to effectively participate in shaping the changing face of health and wellness.
Graduates of the Integrative Health Science degree are classified as community health workers, working for their community and as health professionals that provide health education and promote wellness. As a community health worker, employment for graduates can take on many forms, including but not limited to, the following:
- Health and Wellness Facilitator, Consultant, Educator, Writer, or Speaker
- Private Practice as health and Wellness Mentor or Coach
- Health and Wellness Consultant within Community Health Organizations, Government, Residential Care Facilities, Schools, Prisons, Community Wellness programs, Retirement Villages,
Old Age Homes, Frail Care Centers, Nursing Homes, and Home Healthcare Agencies
- Allied Health professional and other support roles in an integrative medical clinic or other healthcare settings
- Fitness and Exercise organizations and Athletic Training
- Continued study in a graduate level integrative health program.
Interested in learning more before applying? Contact us by calling 800-270-5052, or email email@example.com, Director of Student Affairs.
Kari Allen-Hammer, PhD
Director of IHS
Stephanie Shelburne, PhD, NhD
Laura Tadd, PhD