Holistic Health Studies

Holistic Health Studies
Certificate Program

Holistic Health Studies Certificate


Multi-disciplinary curriculum

Holistic Health Class Schedule

Class Schedule

Classes currently offered
through Open University

How to Apply

How to Apply

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Artist Ruth Asawa's Garden of Remembrance at SF State


Student prepares for a biofeedback relaxation exercise




About Holistic Health Studies



The Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) is pleased to offer a Certificate in Holistic Health Studies. The certificate is ideally suited for individuals interested in a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural curriculum designed to provide insight into ancient and modern wellness methods and concepts from around the globe. The certificate requires 30 units including a 3-unit internship seminar. The program is appropriate for those with at least 56 units of undergraduate courses, an associate’s, bachelor’s or advanced degree, healthcare professionals or those exploring career change options. The certificate is an excellent choice for those interested in learning methods for stress reduction, self-care, self-regulation, personal growth and health promotion. Course content is interdisciplinary, examines human experience and health from an interdependent or holistic perspective, and focuses on practical, experiential learning in diverse areas such as stress management, autogenic training, East Asian medicine, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, guided imagery and more.


Students seeking greater understanding of holistic health concepts and practices. Students, nurses, health educators, allied health professionals, psychotherapists, teachers, human resource specialists, physicians, looking to start or further a career in Holistic Health.


  • Knowledge for personal health and self-actualization
  • Career exploration or enhancement
  • Career preparation for the rapidly expanding alternative health care market
  • Academic credit certificate, a comprehensive grounding in the holistic health field
  • All Holistic Health courses qualify for continuing education credit for nurses (BRN provider #00344.)

Institute for Holistic Health Studies

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies is dedicated to providing San Francisco State University and the broader community with a deeper understanding of health and healing from a holistic perspective, integrating interdisciplinary ideas and practices from around the world. IHHS is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and to the dissemination of innovative health promotion curricula in higher education.

Cost and Length

Cost: $15,810
Length: Three Semesters
When to Start: Fall, Spring, Summer




What Students Say


“The principles and practices taught in the Holistic Health program have been of tremendous value to me personally and professionally. Integrating the self-healing practices into my daily life and work has helped promote a greater sense of balance and health.”

Judith S.
SF State Graduate, Health Educator



“The Holistic Health program at SF State has provided me with a deeper understanding of complementary health care, and provided the experience I need to move on to graduate studies. The classes and professors have also enhanced my understanding of community and encouraged my active involvement in my own community. It has been the highlight of my education at SF State.”

Mary K. B.
SF State Student