Department of Health

West Chester University

Dr. Jim Brenner
207 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA  19383

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Health

(21 semester hours)

The Graduate Certificate in Integrative Health is designed for health care professionals desiring graduate study of evidenced-based, integrated approaches to health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment.  An accelerated format is available for many of the courses, so that the Certificate can be earned in three semesters or less.  Students without adequate preparation in disease etiology are strongly advised to take    HEA 500 Diseases. Those desiring advanced study in a particular integrative health area may elect, under advisement, HEA 609 Independent Study; while those desiring a clinical field experience may elect HEA 611 Field Placement, also under advisement.

To address the diverse needs of students, three options for earning the Certificate are offered:

  1. Joint program leading to the Master of Public Health degree plus the Graduate Certificate in Integrative Health.
  2. Evidence-based study in integrative health.
  3. Integrative health coaching.


Below are the curricula for each option.

1. Joint MPH/Certificate in Integrative Health (45 credits)

Certificate Courses  (21 credits):

              HEA 501 Integrative Health

              HEA 538 Evaluation of Health Programs

              HEA 539 Health Promotion Program Planning

              HEA 550 Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health

              Three elective courses selected under advisement.*

MPH Courses (24 credits):

              HEA 520 Public Health Epidemiology

              HEA 526 Biostatistics for Public Health

              HEA 630 Health Care Administration

              HEA 632 Advanced Theories of Health Behavior

              HEA 648 Research Methods

              ENV 530 General Environmental Health

              HEA 649 Applied Learning Experience I

              HEA 650 Applied Learning Experience II

2.  Evidence-based study in Integrative Health (21 credits)

              HEA 501 Integrative Health

              Six elective courses selected under advisement*

3. Integrative Health Coaching (21 credits)

              HEA 501 Integrative Health

              HEA 545 Mind/Body Medicine

              ENV 530 Environmental Health

              NTD 515 Public Health Nutrition

              KIN 615 Special Topics in Kinesiology

              HEA 610 Integrative Health Coaching

              HEA 611 Field Placement

*Suggested electives include but are not limited to:


HEA 500 Diseases

HEA 510 Adolescent Medicine

HEA 511 Stress Management Techniques

HEA 512 AIDS and Public Health

HEA 543 Transcultural Health Practice

HEA 545 Mind/Body Medicine

HEA 547 Principles of Botanical Medicine

HEA 581 Special Topics:  Traditional Chinese Medicine

HEA 581 Special Topics:  Homeopathy

NTD 581 Perspectives on Obesity

NTD 515 Public Health Nutrition

HEA 609 Independent Study

HEA 611 Field Placement

Course Descriptions:

A sheet with descriptions for all courses in this graduate program can be found at this link:
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Certificate Advisor:

Professor Donald McCown, Department of Health
211 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
Ph: 610-436-2267; Fax: 610-436-2860; E-mail: