Advising Office: Room 2125, College of Health and Human Services
Telephone: (269) 387-2656
Kristina Ledlow, Advisor
Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness is based on the philosophy of working with the whole person and recognizing the contextual factors that influence health. It is a system of principles and multidisciplinary approaches that promote well-being by considering the inter-connectedness among a person’s physical, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental levels of functioning.
The Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness program at Western Michigan University was established in 1982, and is one of the first academic programs of its kind in the United States. Along with offering a graduate certificate in holistic health, we offer an undergraduate minor.
The minor in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness (IHHW) consists of an 18 credit hour course of study designed to meet the needs of students interested in learning about the theory and practice of integrative holistic health and wellness. Through a required sequence of courses students explore holistic concepts related to their individual health, including the interconnectedness of the body, mind and spirit. Concurrent with the study of how integrative holistic health and wellness practices impact the individual is the focus on how expression of these principles in our lives affect the broader community.
The minor meets the needs of two groups of undergraduate students: 1) those majoring in a related health care or human service field who wish to incorporate the principles and practices of integrative holistic health and wellness into their practice so they might become effective professionals and 2) anyone who might be interested in applying holistic theory to their profession and/or their personal life.
To declare a minor in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness please contact advising at (269) 387-2656.