Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health and Wellness

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Lead the Evolution of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

The Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health and Wellness (BS-IHW) program prepares students to enhance the health, wellness and well-being among individuals, families, populations, and communities. As health educators, graduates of this program will be able to teach integrative health concepts and guide individuals and communities by providing holistic, wellness-focused education.  

The current health care system in the United States is in crisis and there is a national call for a widespread adoption of evidence-based preventative measures. This holistic degree will provide a knowledgeable workforce that speaks the language of conventional health care, while also supporting a shift from a focus on disease to a focus on truly promoting health, wellness and resilience. The importance of a strong public health workforce is increasingly evident across the nation and globally. This degree will prepare students for a career working with individuals as well as working with city, county, state, federal and international public health organizations.

Program Highlights 

  • Choose one of the following concentration area options: Wellness Promoting or Health Coaching
    • If you already have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming a nationally certified Health and Wellness Coach, please email us at
  • University of Portland School of Nursing - Integrative Health Coaching Programis an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).
  • Holistic philosophy: psychological, social, physical, biological and spiritual dimensions 
  • Learn and apply evidence-based disease prevention measures 
  • Explore evidence for plant-based foods and the impact on cell health
  • Discover and examine the body/mind/spirit connection 
  • Apply concepts in a field practice setting
  • Gain experience working with local community-based organizations

Career Opportunities 

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Graduates will be prepared to work in public health departments, clinics, hospitals, senior centers, non-profit health organizations, recreation and fitness centers. These opportunities will continue to expand as care emphasis moves from acute care to community care.  

 Opportunities include: 

  • Public Health Educator
  • Health and Wellness Coach 
  • Health Promotion Specialist 
  • Health Education Specialist  
  • Corporate Wellness Coordinator
  • Nutrition and Wellness Coach 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Fitness Specialist 
  • Wellness Manager 
  • Community Health Worker

Additional Information 

Admission Requirements 

Contact Us 

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Student Highlight

Student Asia Gates

Asia Gates

"My experience in the IHW program has been positively enlightening. Through my experience, I have gained knowledge to heal the mind, body, and spirit without entirely relying on conventional Western medicine. I have had opportunities to learn about caring for clients, populations, and communities through a complementary and holistic health lens.

I've learned some interesting concepts like food being medicine, homeopathic medicine, mindfulness, and the social determinants of health. From my studies, I have been able to apply what I have learned to better and supplement my physical and mental wellbeing with different modalities. Due to these concepts, I am passionate about investigating the impacts of health disparities in marginalized populations.

For those interested in minoring or majoring in IHW, I recommend taking an IHW course to test out the field and open your eyes to a different side of health and wellness. To get the most out of your time, though, I recommend applying what you learn in the classroom to your real life. By experiencing the Mediterranean diet, an acupuncture session, or a guided meditation yourself, you have a better grasp of the approach, and you are better prepared to help future clients.

After graduating with my IHW degree, I plan on taking the National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) exam to be a certified health and wellness coach. I hope to gain more experience coaching and in the public health field before applying to earn my master's degree in public health. My career aspiration is to focus on health promotion and education by advocating for health equity, especially for marginalized communities." - Asia Gates