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Western Michigan University’s Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness (IHHW) program offers a graduate certificates (18 credit hour and 9 credit hour options) that can be pursued as independent certificates or to supplement other graduate training. The certificates complement the coursework of related fields, enabling students to work within their chosen profession from a holistic perspective that may enhance career opportunities. Students in the helping professions such as social work, counseling, psychology, theology, occupational therapy, health studies, nursing, education, and the arts will especially benefit from this program. Students who earn the graduate certificate will understand the philosophy of holism (the interconnectedness of body-mind-spirit and the realization that healing really occurs at the systemic level and is supported by life style behaviors rather than at independent parts of the body that receive focused treatments) and the connection between their personal journey and their expression of this in the world of relationships and work.
These academic programs introduce students to contemplative, complementary and alternative modalities at both an academic and experiential level, that promote optimal health and healing. Students are exposed to a variety of topics and encouraged to carefully evaluate the research on evidence-based holistic practices as well as utilize contemplative methodologies to increase their understanding. Students are also presented with a holistic framework for wellness, assisting them to make informed life-style choices and establish respectful, cooperative relationships with others and the environment.
There are several graduate certificate options including an 18 credit hour certificate and four 9 credit hour certificates with special emphasis.
Please be aware that financial aid for the integrative holistic health and wellness graduate certificates may only available if you are pursuing another graduate degree at Western Michigan University.
IHHW uses an online application system that can be accessed at: www.wmich.edu/holistic/academics/grad/apply.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The application must be complete (i.e. all official transcripts and required documents received) two weeks prior to the start of any given semester/session or the application will be deferred to the following semester/session. Once a semester/session has started, all applications will be deferred to the following semester/session.
Program Grade Requirements
Students in the graduate certificate program should maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and may be placed on probation should they receive a 2.0 or lower in any individual class. Students will need to comply with university standards regarding successful completion of their graduate education.