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.
The baccalaureate Integrative Health Care (IHC) program graduate will be prepared to:
Apply knowledge of natural science principles in a healing practice.
Earn a degree in Integrative Health Care, and you’ll be ready for a career in a variety of health care fields, from community health and health education to retail. These are some of the areas you could pursue with your B.S. in Integrative Health Care:
If you’re interested in becoming a health care practitioner, the bachelor’s degree program in Integrative Health Care at MSU Denver fulfills most graduate school requirements. MSU Denver graduates of the Integrative Health Care undergraduate degree program have been accepted into the following conventional and naturopathic medical programs:
The Integrative Health Care Major requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.
Required Core Courses: 27-30 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 15 Credits
Required Support Courses: 15 Credits
Total for Major: 57-60 Credits
The Integrative Health Care Extended Major requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.
Required Core Courses: 29-32 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 33 Credits
Required Support Courses: 15 Credits
Total for Extended Major: Minimum of 62 Credits
The Integrative Health Care Minor requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below
Required Core Courses: 9 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 12 Credits
Total for Minor: 21 Credits
Academic Accreditation is an assurance of the quality of an academic program. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, including Colorado and 18 other states. The mission of the HLC is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning. For more information, please visit the Higher Learning Commission.
“My entire experience at MSU Denver Health Professions was ultimately life-changing. I found the professors are passionate about teaching and making sure the students are engaged in learning. I felt that the coursework provided insight into my own health on all levels and provided skills I am able to apply to my profession as a physician."
"From the unique curriculum that suited my goals, to the amazingly knowledgeable and supportive faculty and advisors, my degree program at MSU Denver made me better prepared to pursue my dream and become an osteopathic physician. My knowledge base allows me to not only practice family medicine and obstetrics today, I am also adept at counseling patients on alternative and herbal therapies which are commonly used and often very important to many of my patients.”
"Studying Integrative Healthcare at MSU Denver has been an opportunity to learn and embrace health care from a holistic and scientific perspective. Integrating heath care through traditional medicinal and alternative oriented approaches, assessing whole person, including diet, lifestyle, and mental health. We learn to implement healing therapies such as herbal remedies, reflexology, aromatherapy, yoga, and nutrition, while promoting optimal health and lifestyle. I am currently a junior and plan to graduate in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Healthcare and a minor in wellness coaching. I hope to one day have a holistic wellness center in my community."
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