The Integrative Health Care program offers students courses that integrate the most recent scientific evidence with the oldest of healing traditions. The program draws from disciplines such as health education services, health care management, biology, chemistry, and nutrition. Students examine the diverse factors that impinge on an individual's health and well-being. Students receive a broad-based understanding of the principles of human health and disease, the theories underlying healing practices, and the scientific research methods needed to evaluate the latest techniques in this dynamic field.
The Integrative Health Care program offers a major, an extended major and a minor. The major and extended major are designed for students interested in working in the expanding complementary and alternative health care field. The minor is designed for students who recognize the increased emphasis on wellness in several professional fields and/or for health-conscious individuals who wish to establish a self-enhancement program. The minor can complement a major that is relevant to the student's career goals.
Minors that would complement this major include, but are not limited to, Health Care Management, Nutrition, Aging Services Leadership, Recreation Services, Journalism, Spanish, Marketing, Human Services, Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required in the major in order to progress through the program. Courses with grades of less than "C" (with a "C-" being lower than a "C") will need to be repeated in order for the student to take any other courses for which the first course is a prerequisite. All general requirements of the University for a Bachelor of Science degree must be met prior to graduation.
The Integrative Health Care program is housed in the Department of Health Professions. Students enrolling in the major or minor must confer with a department advisor as soon as possible. For more information, call 303-556-3130.
Educational Goals and Outcomes
The baccalaureate Integrative Health Care program has established the following outcomes for all graduates. The Integrative Health Care graduate will be prepared to:
- Demonstrate an attitude of caring, flexibility, and self-confidence in a health care setting.
- Act in an ethical and legal manner in applying the leadership roles of collaborator, resource person, change agent, teacher, and advocate.
- Integrate a variety of communication skills, media techniques, and strategies effectively and appropriately to influence health.
- Assess health situations and recommend appropriate healing practices.
- Evaluate global health systems to identify social and health-care trends in order to anticipate the future of health care.
- Apply scientific method to health-care problems.
- Apply knowledge of natural science principles in a healing practice.