Chatham University

Integrative Health Studies (BA) Curriculum

The Integrative Health Studies major is interdisciplinary and provides students with an overview of evidence-based complementary and alternative health practices. In addition to core science courses and labs, students will have the opportunity to study acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition and natural products, mind-body therapies, and body-based practices. This major provides preparation for students interested in professional study in medicine, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition, and allied health studies in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. It prepares students to meet the demands of a broadening healthcare industry, and a clientele that expects their healthcare providers to have an understanding of integrative health practices.

Program Requirements

+Major Requirements

52 credits

BIO143 Lab: Intro-mol-cell


BIO143L Lab: The Cell

Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO143. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO143. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fee.

BIO144 The Organism

This course provides a general survey of animals and plants at the organismic level, with emphasis on their evolution and various physiological processes such as respiration, circulation, digestion, and reproduction. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology courses. Three hours of class.

BIO144L Lab: The Organism

Experiments to complement the material presented in BIO144. Two hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO144. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

CHM107 Chemistry I

This class begins with a study of atomic structure, then expands to cover chemical naming, patterns of reactivity, thermochemistry, the interaction of light and matter, atomic orbitals, ionic and covalent bonding, and molecular shapes. This class concludes with an introduction to organic chemistry and biochemistry. Three hours of lecture per week. Co-requisite: CHM 109

CHM108 Chemistry II

The second semester of general chemistry continues exploring the structure, properties, and bonding of atoms and molecules, with emphasis on the physical characteristics of gases, liquids, solids and solutions, chemical equilibria, thermodynamics, and kinetics. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite(s): CHM 105 or 107; Corequisite: CHM 110.

BIO201 Anatomy


BIO201L Lab: Anatomy

Laboratory experiments emphasizing comparative anatomy between humans and other animals. Three hours of laboratory per week. Corequisite or prerequisite: BIO201. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

BIO302 Physiology

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of physiology. The lectures will emphasize chemical principles, cellular biological principles, and a survey of the nervous, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, excretory, respiratory, and digestive systems. The laboratory will emphasize comparative physiology between humans and other animals. Three hours of class per week.

BIO302L Physiology Lab

Laboratory experiments emphasizing comparative physiology between human and other animals. Three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: BIO201L. Corequisite or Prerequisite: BIO302. Additional Fee(s): Laboratory fees.

PSY101 General Psychology

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior with an emphasis on the origins of behavior, learning, social influences, physiological factors, individual differences, personality, and adjustment and maladjustment.

IND350 Scientific Research Methods

This course serves as an introduction to research literature and research methodology in the sciences. Students prepare a research proposal including literature review, experimental design and methods, budget, timetable, and bibliography. Other topics include professional presentation techniques and research ethics. The student's major department must approve proposals prior to the Tutorial. Prerequisite(s): Junior status and completion of at least two courses at the 200-level or above in the major, or permission of the instructor.

IHS150 Introduction to Integrative Health Studies

This course examines the core philosophy, principles and clinical concepts of integrative medicine. It provides a survey of the major domains of complementary and alternative medicine as well as conventional medicine; and describes models to combine the two through integrative medicine.

IHS200W Integrative Nutrition

This course explores the role of diet and nutrition in health and disease from the perspective of holistic and sustainable food choices. It integrates the current evidence of nutrition’s impact on obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes and osteoporosis with the traditional study of macro- and micronutrients.

IHS210 Dietary Supplements and Botanical Medicine

This course examines the efficacy, safety, and regulatory issues of dietary supplements and botanical medicines in the context of the 1994 Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act. Their usage in the context of human body systems and medical disordes serves as the framework for the course.

IHS220 Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

An exploration of the fundamental philosophy and principles that guide the practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. This course provides an introduction to the concepts of chi, yin, yang, five element theory, meridians, and hollow and solid organs that are used in the development of diagnosis and treatment.

IHS300W Mind-Body Medicine

This course is an investigation into the unity of the mind and body, and their combined role in healing. It explores the mind’s role in illness, the impact of negative emotion, the placebo effect, and effective methods of treatment, including biofeedback, guided imagery, medical hypnosis, meditation, prayer, and energy therapies.

IHS310 Body-Based Practices

This course provides an overview of the multitude of body-based therapies utilized in complementary and alternative medicine. Topics will include chiropractic and osteopathic manipulative therapies, massage, Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques, structural integration, shiatsu, and myofascial release.

IHS490 Integrative Capstone

The integrative capstone , undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional.  The study usually centers on the student’s major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience.  Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theatre production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.  

INTIHS303 Internship - Integrative Health Studies