Western Michigan University's integrative holistic health and wellness program offers a graduate certificate (18 credit hours), four specialty graduate certificates ( 9 credit hours  each), and an undergraduate minor. The curricula:

  • Incorporate both didactic and experiential learning.

  • Provide a foundation in the integrative holistic health and wellness concept.

  • Support methods of putting knowledge into practice.

  • Foster self-awareness and sensitivity to others.


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.

Online and traditional formats

Both the undergraduate minor and graduate certificates can be earned in traditional classes on WMU's east campus as well as online.  Most of the elective courses, including independent studies, are offered in these formats on a rotating basis. Some electives are only offered in one or the other format.