Mar 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Integrative Health Care Extended Major, B.S.

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Department of Health Professions  

College of Health and Applied Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

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.

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 303-615-1200.

Student Outcomes

The baccalaureate Integrative Health Care program has established the following outcomes for all graduates.

  • 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.

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. 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. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • A minor is not required for this major. 

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  


* Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

Prerequisite Courses: 14-15 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Prerequisite Courses 14-15 credits
Core Courses 26 credits
Major Electives 33 credits
Senior Experience 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 7-23 credits
Total for the Integrative Health Care Extended Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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