Master of Science in Integrative Health Sciences

Overview

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
if you are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition or dietetics, you should consult with the appropriate state board to assure that your credentials will allow you to achieve your professional goals. Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. You can also view more information online here. 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.1

 

Highlights

Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (http://www.nanp.org)

Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Exam in Holistic Nutrition certification, offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (https://www.nanp.org/board-certification)*

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an in-depth, advanced knowledge base that maximizes the innovative use of information that reflects the current theories, best practices, and research in preparation for application or further research in the prevention and wellness industry
  • Develop a solid knowledge base of integrative health modalities and be able to apply that knowledge by informing and assisting practitioners and consumers of wellness products and protocols
  • Evaluate and generate best practices for evidence-based integrative health protocols
  • Evaluate and provide guidance on safety and contraindications when using dietary supplements and integrative health protocols
  • Locate, analyze and evaluate, and make effective use of integrative health research from the scientific literature and provide guidance for practitioners, policy makers, academic researchers, and industry leaders and manufacturer
  • Design and implement wellness plans for a variety of settings including individual health coaching, community programs, healthcare systems, and corporations.

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

Marketing & Communications – 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

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Career Goals:

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

Current Instructors:

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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:

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