Minor in Integrative Health and Wellness

The Integrative Health and Wellness (IHW) minor prepares students to develop competency in all four dimensions of wellness: psychological, social, spiritual and physical. Through knowledge and skill in the realms of integrative health, population health, and health education, students are prepared to bridge the changing paradigm of health and wellness in our diverse society. 

Minor Requirements (15 credits)

Minor Prerequisites:

BIO 205/005 - Foundations of Biology 
  • BIO 207/277 - Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology may be substituted for BIO 205/005
IHW 204 - Anatomy of Wellness
  • Prerequisite of BIO 205/005 or BIO 207/277
  • BIO 305/365 may be substituted for IHW 204 at the discretion of the IHW program director and/or the School of Nursing associate director for academic counseling and student success initiatives

Required Courses (9 credits):

  • IHW 301* - Mind/Body/Energy Perspectives (3 credits)
  • IHW 305 - Approaches to Wellness (3 credits)
  • IHW 310 - Foundations of Health Education and Health Promotion (3 credits)

Choose two courses from the list below (6 credits):

  • IHW 307 - Integrative Health Coaching I - Concepts of Individual Wellness (3 credits)
  • IHW 407 - Integrative Health Coaching II: Supporting Individual Wellness (3 credits)
  • IHW 316** - Nature's Pharmacy: Foods, Herbs, and Supplements that Support Health (3 credits)
  • IHW 325 - Community Organizing I: Introduction (3 credits)
  • IHW 326 - Community Organizing II: Advanced Applications (3 credits)
  • Upper Division Health-Focused Elective (3 credits)

*IHW 301 has a prerequisite of IHW 204 - Anatomy of Wellness or BIO 305/365 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (with lab) with a grade of C- of higher

**IHW 316 has a prerequisite of IHW 204 - Anatomy of Wellness and IHW 214 - Physiology of Wellness & Strategies for Healthy Living 


University of Portland School of Nursing & Health Innovations - 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). Note: For an IHW minor to be eligible to apply for the HWC certifying examination, they must successfully complete IHW 307 and IHW 407.