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  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook

Mind-Body Medicine, Specialization in Mindful Leadership in Healthcare, Ph.D.


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Changing the Future of Healthcare Systems

Healthcare delivery models are in need of transformation. CIMHS graduates are change agents, creating new organization in hospitals, clinics, and community-based programs. This specialization introduces  students to a mindfulness and compassion-based approach to leadership and management in healthcare.  Graduates of this specialization are prepared for careers in the transformation of health care organizations, with a comprehensive education in reflective leadership, mindfulness practices, organizational systems, grant writing, health informatics, and consultation skills. 

Graduates will be prepared for employment as organizational consultants and administrators in healthcare institutions and corporate health promotions programs. They will also be employable as grant writers and in health informatics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the PhD Degree in Mind-Body Medicine will be able to:

1. Evaluate methodologies and/or conduct independent research to investigate contemporary issues in lifestyle and wellness.

2. Explain the influence of biopsychosocial factors on general health and wellbeing and the implications for individuals, organizations, and/or communities.

3. Interpret the values, ethical principles, and practice standards that are paramount for multidisciplinary practitioners and researchers.

4. Assess and synthesize evidence, theories, and informed practices/interventions in integrative medicine.

5. Apply published research and critical thinking skills in academic papers, presentations, and/or communications.

6. Develop reflective practices and/or model adaptive skills in integrative healthcare and wellness.

7. Demonstrate multicultural competencies and diversity awareness, and support health equity and social justice in healthcare systems. 

Specialization Requirements Overview


Students in the Mindful Leadership in Healthcare doctoral specialization will take 18 credits of course work immersing them in the reflective, mindfulness, and compassion-based approaches to leadership in healthcare. They will master practical skills useful for organizational leaders, including grant writing, health informatics, and consulting skills. They will also complete a course applying systems thinking to healthcare organizations.

Specialization Credits: (Years 1-4) 18


Degree Requirements for 2017-2018 Academic Year were approved by the CIMHS Degree Program Committee.

NOTES:

  • The degree completion time for a student following the default course sequence will average between 4 ½ to 5 ½ years. Some students may complete degree requirements in fewer terms and some may require more terms to complete the degree.
  • A listing of acceptable CIMHS courses and electives is available in the University Catalog. Students may also choose an elective from the required courses in other specializations.
  • This is a structured cohort program and the sequence of courses is different for students who start in the fall than for students who start in the spring.

Learning and Career Outcomes


A PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with a specialization in Mindful Leadership in Healthcare prepares students for careers in the transformation of healthcare organization. It provides a comprehensive education in reflective and mindfulness approaches to transforming organizational systems and to leadership, as well as practical education in grant writing, health informatics, and consultation skills.

Whether you are a mid-career professional seeking to enhance your existing skills or an individual seeking to transition to a new career path, our programs provide a comprehensive overview of the holistic health field combined with core skills training. Graduates will be prepared for employment as organizational consultants and administrators in healthcare institutions and corporate health promotion programs.

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