Department of Health Professions
Our program integrates health sciences with ancient healing practices from around the globe
The Integrative Health Care Program (IHC) is located within the Department of Health Professions at Metropolitan State University of Denver. This interdisciplinary program blends basic science with ancient healing traditions. Students study basic biological sciences, holistic health and the major complementary and alternative therapies. In this way, they gain a comprehensive understanding of health and disease processes from a myriad of perspectives.
To set up an appointment to meet with a faculty advisor about the Integrative Health Care Program:
- Location: Auraria Campus, West Classroom 239
- Phone: 303-615-1200
- Fax: 720-778-5683
- Email us
In January of 2016, the IHC major offered a course that combined travel abroad to Bhopal, India with a service-learning project at the Sambhavna Clinic, an integrated health clinic that provides free Allopathic and Ayurvedic medicine to the survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster.
Fourteen Integrative Health Care (IHC) students, including myself, and two Metropolitan State University of Denver professors, Carol Jensen and Dr. Emily Matuszewicz, traveled in this study abroad experience. We stayed on the clinic grounds, participated in a multiple service learning projects, studied clinic operations and medical practices, joined community health care volunteers, attended lectures by local health experts, practiced yoga and meditation, and visited world heritage sites. In addition to providing us with an exceptional opportunity to gain hands-on experience, this trip offered us the opportunity to learn the ways in which medicine function’s around the world, in a culture outside our own, and how we can weave that wisdom into the health care system of our own country.
~ Kendra A. Kleidon, Class of 2016
- Is a degree program that capitalizes on a recent shift in health care toward integrative medicine, a term for combining Western medical treatments such as pharmaceuticals and surgery with natural therapies such as herbal medicine, physical manipulations, and acupuncture
- Draws from many disciplines: health education, health care management, biology, chemistry, & nutrition
- Has students study the holistic health model, health promotion and disease prevention, human disease, and the scientific research methods needed to evaluate the latest techniques in this dynamic field
- Has students take elective courses in complementary therapies such as traditional Chinese medicine, traditional Indian medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and aromatherapy
- Provides opportunities for students to receive a strong scientific background in subjects such as biology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, chemistry, nutrition, statistics, and health care research methods
- Allows students to explore the holistic health model, learn the principles of health-care ethics, and critically examine commonly used complementary and alternative therapies
Our students have been finding jobs locally and regionally in the following settings:
- Community health programs
- Health education programs
- Retail industries focusing on healthcare products
- Hospital-based integrative clinics
- School districts
Juniors and seniors complete in-depth studies in therapies such as traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Herbal Medicine, as well as Homeopathy. Electives include men's, women's, and children's health, the physiology of aging and stress. During the last semester, an internship provides hands-on experience in the health care community.
Graduates of the program have the skills to evaluate health claims and to analyze and apply the latest research in the dynamic field of health and wellness. Those interested in becoming health-care practitioners have most of the prerequisites for applying to graduate programs.