The Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) is pleased to offer a Certificate in Holistic Health Studies to international students and non-matriculated U.S. residents. 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 associates, bachelor’s or advanced degree, healthcare professionals, or those exploring career change options.

IHHS encourages self-care and self-regulation. The program can be an excellent choice for stress reduction, 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.

Certificate Curriculum (30 Units)

Core Courses (9 units)

Select three.

Core Courses
Code Title Units
HH 380 Holistic Health: Western Perspectives 3
HH 381 Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives 3
HH 382 Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives 3
HH 383 Chinese Perspectives in Holistic Health 3


Holistic Health Emphasis (9 units)

Select from any of the courses listed below:

Western Perspectives
Code Title Units
HH 205 Relaxation and Stress Reduction 3
HH 430 Biofeedback: Mind-Body Connection and Self-Regulation 3
HH 435 Autogenic Training and Embodied Living 3
HH 535 Western Nutrition and Herbs 3
HH 560 Naturopathic Medicine and Personal Wellness 3
HH 690 Seminar: Psychophysiology of Healing 3


Eastern Perspectives
Code Title Units
HH 210 The Dao of Well-Being in Chinese Tradition 3
HH 420 Qigong Body-Mind Energetics 3
HH 530 Eastern Nutrition and Herbs 3
HH 540 Meditation and Imagery in Healing 3
HH 545 Mind-Body Healing in Tibetan Culture 3
KIN 136 Hatha Yoga 1
KIN 236 Intermediate/Advanced Hatha Yoga 2
KIN 175 Elementary Tai-Chi Chuan 1
KIN 275 Intermediate/Advanced Tai-Chi Chuan 2


Human Nature & Global Perspectives
Code Title Units
HH 200 Holistic Approach to Academic Success 3
HH 450 Somatics: Body Awareness, Movement, and Well-being 3
HH 650 Anthroposophical Health Studies 3
HH 660 Art as Healing 3
HH 670 Alternative Health Practices 3
HH 680 Holistic Health Internship Seminar 3
HH 699 Independent Study 1-3
PH 290 Promoting Positive Health 3
PH 655 Environmental Health 3


Human Anatomy/Physiology (4 units)

A college-level course in human anatomy/physiology. (BIOL 100/BIOL 101 or BIOL 328 are acceptable.)

Required Internship Course (3 Units)

Required Internship Course
Code Title Units
HH 680 Holistic Health Internship Seminar 3

Electives (5 Units)

Elective units can be selected from remaining Holistic Health Studies courses or from any appropriate course (on advisement) from across the campus. Examples of appropriate courses outside of the HHS curriculum would include:

Code Title Units
ANTH 581 Anthropology and Folklore 3
BIOL 318 Our Endangered Planet 3
BUS 450 Greening of Business 3
CHIN 101 First Semester Chinese 4
COUN 425 Advanced Peer Advising 2
PH 210 Personal and Social Determinants of Health 3
HIST 365 History of Japan 3
RPT 205 Adventure Travel 3
RRS 276 Race, Activism and Climate Justice 3
PSY 442 Health Psychology 3
Other electives with approval of Holistic Health advisor  

Note: Students fulfilling the Holistic Health Studies certificate program may be eligible to apply for a Certification in Stress Management Education given by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). Also, students who take the Holistic Health Studies biofeedback courses and fulfill some additional requirements may be eligible to apply for BCIA Biofeedback Certification. See a Holistic Health Studies advisor for details.