About the Program
The Integrative Health Care (IHC) program provides a comprehensive understanding of health and wellness through evidence-based teaching and practices that combine the most recent scientific evidence with the oldest of healing traditions, such as botanical and ayurvedic medicines. Students examine the diverse factors that impinge on an individual’s health and well-being, which promotes growth, cultivates wisdom, and teaches discernment of existing paradigms in US Healthcare. Students receive a broad-based understanding of the principles of human health and disease, the theories underlying healing practices, and the scientific research methods needed to evaluate the latest techniques in this dynamic field.
The Integrative Health Care program offers a major, an extended major, and a minor. The major and extended major are designed for students interested in working in the expanding complementary and alternative health care field. The minor is designed for students who recognize the increased emphasis on wellness in several professional fields and/or for health-conscious individuals who wish to establish a self-enhancement program. The minor can complement a major that is relevant to the student’s career goals.
Majors and minors that complement the IHC programs include, but are not limited to: Health Care Management, Nutrition, Aging Services Leadership, Public Health, Lifestyle Medicine, Journalism, Spanish, Marketing, Human Services, Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.
How will the IHC program impact you?
The baccalaureate Integrative Health Care (IHC) program graduate will be prepared to:
- Demonstrate an attitude of caring, flexibility, and self-confidence in a health care setting.
- Act in an ethical and legal manner in applying the leadership roles of collaborator, resource person, change agent, teacher, and advocate.
- Integrate a variety of communication skills, media techniques, and strategies effectively and appropriately to influence health.
- Assess health situations and recommend appropriate healing practices.
- Evaluate global health systems to identify social and health-care trends in order to anticipate the future of health care.
- Apply scientific method to health-care problems.
Apply knowledge of natural science principles in a healing practice.