Integrative Health & Healing
Integrative Medicine—an open-minded and evidence-based approach to health and healing.
The Integrative Health and Healing certificate program examines health as the optimal alignment of body, mind, and spirit – not merely the absence of disease. It provides the opportunity for students to explore contemporary, mind/body approaches to health and well-being under the support of forward-thinking practitioners and researchers. Self-contained, the program also satisfies the requirements for 9 credits toward the Master of Arts degree in Integrative Health and Healing offered by TGI. Thus, qualified students who complete the certificate may matriculate into the MA program with 9 credits.
Over the course of ten months, a cohort of students meets monthly (Friday from 5 to 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm) to explore aspects of integrative medicine. Students engage in dialogue with fellow cohort members and faculty to develop a body of work in their electronic portfolio. Hands-on experiences with different modalities and treatment methods strengthen understanding, and the program's multiple approaches to instruction ensures that students of diverse learning styles are empowered to incorporate their knowledge effectively.
By taking the Certificate in Integrative Health and Healing in combination with the Transformative Coach Training program, you can specialize in Health and Wellness Coaching.
Each class in the certificate program in Integrative Health and Healing is dedicated to a comprehensive examination of specific protocols and practices, including:
Allopathy (traditional Western medicine) in the context of integrative models
Holistic Medical Model
Mind-Body Medicine (Including Psycho-neuro-endocrine-immune connection PNEI)
Homeopathic remedies and diagnostic methods
Naturopathic medical philosophy and practice
Meditation and Internal Energy Development - Qi Gong
Herbal Medicinals, Nutraceuticals and Flower Essences
Courses (9 credits)
IH 501: Foundations of Integrative Health and Healing 3 credits
This course introduces students to the major health and healing traditions, and explores their diverse philosophical and practical foundations. Students examine the ancient healing arts, as well as the allopathic, complementary, and alternative practices that have evolved from them. Study emphasizes the need to gain knowledge in various modalities, to integrate diverse perspectives on how the body functions, and to develop a holistic medical model in order to achieve health and wellness.
IH 502: Mind-Body Medicine 2 credits
Infused with mind, spirit, and energy, the body is so much more than the sum of its physiological parts. In this course, students explore psycho-neural immunology research that demonstrates how the mind-body relationship affects health and healing. Study provides a comprehensive understanding of wellness and preventative practices, such as meditation, relaxation, biofeedback, visualization, guided imagery, hypnosis, dream analysis, psychotherapies, and addiction rehabilitation.
IH 507: Integrative Nutrition 2 credits
A central tenet of holism is that health evolves within a broader context of ecological and cultural practices, and it is impossible to separate individual health from the health of the whole system. In this course, students explore this “whole systems” metaphor, examining the impact of ecological and cultural practices on broad health related issues. Specifically, diet and nutrition, water purity, and air quality are studied relative to their impact on health and wellness.
IH 509: Alternative Pharmaceuticals: Aromatherapy and Flower Essences 2 credits
Allopathic medicine has long relied upon the use of drugs to treat disease. Allopathic pharamaceuticals, however, are not the only substances that have provided extraordinary healing and curative effects throughout history. In this course, allopathic pharmaceuticals are compared to herbal remedies, Chinese medicines, and neutraceuticals. Students analyze the pharmacological effects of various substances by reviewing clinical research, case studies, and other indicators of efficacy. Substances are examined in terms of their healing, preventative, and vitalizing effects.
Full course descriptions are available in our Catalog of Programs