Master of Science in Integrative Health Sciences


Note: This program was formerly called the Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine.

Consumer use of integrative health and wellness continues to increase with a market size valued at USD 82.27 billion as of 2020 and continued growth expected (Grandview Research, 2021). The industry needs trained professionals now more than ever with expertise in areas such as the safe use of dietary supplements, lifestyle modifications for diverse populations, and professionals dedicated to the growth, innovation, and development of the integrative health and wellness sector. This interdisciplinary degree allows provides students with options to customize their degree within a wide range of specializations for an individualized focus that will distinguish them in the industry and prepare them to apply studies in the workforce.

Nutrition State Law Disclosures
Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. For example, some states have restrictions for using the title “Nutritionist” or “Nutrition Counselor”, while other states do not. Please note that ACHS programs do not train graduates to become a “Registered Dietitian.”

ACHS provides nutrition practice information by state online here and also partners with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) to continually educate students and graduates about professional opportunities in the holistic nutrition field. ACHS also provides new students in this program with a student membership to the NANP for one year.1


Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (

Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the principles and theories of integrative health sciences, including the interplay between mind, body, and spirit, to contribute to the health and wellness industry.
  • Develop expertise in integrative health modalities to educate and support wellness practitioners and consumers using products and protocols.
  • Communicate effectively and ethically about integrative health concepts and practices to diverse stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, clients, and the public.
  • Create evidence-based integrative health support plans for individuals and health programs to facilitate graduates’ professional organization requirements.
  • Design educational approaches on evidence-based integrative modalities and wellness protocols to meet the needs of diverse populations.
  • Synthesize a study or research review on a current issue or theory in integrative health sciences.

1 Membership processed with NANP 4-6 weeks after student begins their first semester in an eligible program.

2 Please note that this program does not prepare students to be eligible to sit for the NCHEC CHES exam and become a Certified Health Education Specialist.2

3 In addition to completing this program, documentation of 500 hours (includes a minimum of 250 direct contact hours and up to 250 indirect contact hours) of professional experience in holistic nutrition is also required. NANP also offers an exception for new graduates that defers these requirements for two years if the exam is taken within 12 months of graduation. Please visit for more information or contact

Elective Courses

Aromatherapy Science Online – AROMA 501

Aromatherapy I Online – AROMA 503

Aromatherapy II Online – AROMA 504

Aromatherapy III Online – AROMA 505

Aromatherapy Chemistry Online – AROMA 507

Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership – BUS 510

Managerial Economics – BUS 512

Business Law – BUS 514

Accounting and Financial Management – BUS 516

Project Management – BUS 518

Business Analytics – BUS 520

Entrepreneurial Skills for Wellness Professionals – BUS 522

Human Capital – BUS 531

Operations & Value Chain Management – BUS 533

Sustainable Community Economies – BUS 535

General, Organic, and Biochemistry Online – CHEM 501

Stress Management and Emotional Health Online – HED 503

Advanced Herbal Materia Medica I Online – HERB 502

Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II Online – HERB 503

Advanced Herbal Materia Medica III Online – HERB 504

Principles of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry Online – HERB 521

Botany and Plant Identification for the Holistic Practitioner Online – HERB 531

Toxicology and Safety in Botanical Medicine & Herbal Supplements Online – HERB 541

Foundations of Health Education Online – HLED 553

Program Planning for Health Educators Online – HLED 554

Homeopathy Online – HOM 501

Integrative Health & Wellness Pathways Online – IHS 500

Anatomy & Physiology I Online – NAT 501

Anatomy & Physiology II Online – NAT 502

Integrative Pathophysiology Online – NAT 503

Integrative Health Pathology & Protocols Online – NAT 504

Wellness Coaching & Communication Skills Online – NAT 515

Advanced Applied Holistic Nutrition Online – NUT 501

Nutrition Biochemistry I Online – NUT 502

Nutrition Biochemistry II Online – NUT 503

Advanced Sports Nutrition Online – NUT 504

Graduate Topics in Holistic Nutrition Online – NUT 509

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements Online – NUT 510

Career Goals:

  • Scholar
  • Educator
  • Advocate
  • Lifestyle Coach
  • Adjunct to an existing healthcare professional

Current Instructors:

View all ACHS instructors, including bios, photos, and courses taught.

Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

Tuition and Fees:

To estimate the program tuition and fees, click on the required course name to view each Total Course Price. Information is also provided in the Program Fact Sheet.

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