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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Integrative Health Studies

Overview

MUIH’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Integrative Health Studies is designed to meet the increasing and widespread interest in exploring and understanding the benefits and application of integrative health principles and practices. This non-clinical interdisciplinary program provides a variety of health care professionals and others with the opportunity to explore and understand the benefits and application of integrative health principles and practices, especially as related to their individual professional area within the broad health care spectrum. This online 12 credit program can be completed in one year.

Audience

The PBC in Integrative Health Studies is designed for individuals who wish to gain graduate level knowledge about integrative health to enhance their career in health care and related professions, and inform the application of integrative health approaches in their organization. The primary audience for this program is three-fold. First, are individuals interested in gaining general foundational knowledge in the integrative health practices. Second, are healthcare practitioners seeking to expand their professional knowledge and skills and complement their current specialty with an understanding of the integrative health field. This audience includes, among others, nurses, social service and behavioral health professionals, allied healthcare professionals, and other licensed/certified healthcare providers. Third, are professionals who support the health care field through their work in administration, management, policy, and advocacy, as well as health and science writing and communication.

Description

This program provides foundational knowledge in the theoretical, philosophical, and research foundations of integrative health practices, and the efficacy and effectiveness of such practices.

Students who complete the PBC in Integrative Health Studies will be able to:

  • Explain the foundational principles, philosophies, practice, and models of integrative health care
  • Apply research literacy skills to critically analyze integrative health research literature
  • Select evidence-based integrative health interventions aligned with prevalent health conditions
  • Analyze the factors associated with incorporating integrative health practices in their profession and health care organization

The program is delivered online and consists of 12 credits of the following required courses:

  • INHS610 Complementary and Integrative Health Interventions for Common Conditions (3 cr)
  • INHS620 Integrative Care Models (3 cr)
  • ISCI630A Survey of Complementary Health Approaches (3 cr)
  • RSCH601 Research Literacy in Integrative Health (3 cr)

These four courses (12 credits) can be applied to both the PBC in Integrative Health Studies and the M.A. in Integrative Health Studies. The PBC program serves as both a stand-alone credential and a stackable credential leading toward the M.A. degree.

Career Opportunities

Complementary and integrative health care approaches are increasingly a key component of access to high quality, high impact, and affordable health care. McKinsey and Company reported the wellness industry “a demographic sweet spot of enormous potential” and calculated this market as close to $16.5 billion per annum (2013). The 2012 National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics demonstrated significant use and spending on integrative health care approaches.  One-third of U.S. adults and nearly 12% of children ages 4 to 17 used complementary health approaches. An estimated 59 million persons aged four years and over had at least one expenditure for some type of complementary health approach, resulting in total out-of-pocket expenditures of $30.2 billion per year. Out-of-pocket spending for complementary health approaches represented 9.2% of all out-of-pocket spending on health care. Spending on integrative medicine was expected to increase to $115 billion by the year 2015.

Traditional health care organizations, employers, and regulators are responding to increased consumer demand for integrative health therapies. In 1999, only 7.7% of hospitals offered integrative therapies. By 2004 that number had increased to 18.3%, and by 2005 25% of hospitals were offering services in a complementary or integrative fashion. All twenty hospitals on the 2017-2018 US News and World Report America’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll offer integrative health care and practices. A 2010 study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the American Association of Retired Persons indicated that 50% of Americans age 50 and older reported using complementary and alternative medicine. The 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that nearly 42% of hospice care providers offered complementary and alternative therapies, had a provider on staff or under contract, or both.  

High job growth rates are projected 2016-2026 for the target audience for this program. Four of the top twenty projected fastest growing occupations for the period 2016-2026 are among the audience for this program. These projected growth rates are 37% for physicians assistants (#5), 36% for nurse practitioners (#6), 28% for physical therapists (#17), and 26% massage therapists (#20). In addition, the occupation predicted to add the third most new jobs during the period 2016-2026, registered nurses with 438,000 new jobs, is among the audience for this program.  Other occupations among the audience also have strong growth projections for the period 2016-2016.  Social workers (16%), mental health counselors (15%), community health workers (16%), health educators (16%), occupational therapists (24%), athletic trainers (23%), and medical and health services managers (20%) have much faster than average projected growth rates. Technical writers (11%), fitness trainers and instructors (10%), and exercise physiologists (13%) have a faster than average project growth rate.