Mind-body medicine is known as one of the leading complementary approaches in healthcare. In the past five years alone, thousands of studies have documented the therapeutic benefits of mind-body therapies on physical, mental, and emotional health.
Applying the principles and evidence supporting the effectiveness of mind-body approaches for health outcomes and overall wellbeing, students enrolled in the PhD Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) program integrate the philosophy, science, and techniques of mind-body medicine in their personal and professional work. The curriculum presents a foundation of scholarship across the CIMHS departments, representing domains of integrative healthcare, mind-body science, practice, advanced research, and ethics. To expand their knowledge and focus of study in a specific discipline, students may choose to add a specialization in applied psychophysiology, integrative mental health, integrative wellness coaching, and mindful leadership in healthcare. The generalist degree or no specialization option offers the most flexible sequence for individuals pursuing multiple certificates such as integrative wellness coaching, integrative and functional nutrition, biofeedback, and clinical hypnosis.
The PhD MBM program attracts students from a broad range of education and career backgrounds in health, wellness, education, and non-healthcare fields. Nurses, therapists, coaches, yoga instructors, dieticians, nutritionists, educators, business consultants, and recent graduates from other degree programs, represent the student body. This degree does not qualify graduates for medical licensure.
Graduates are prepared serve as educators, coaches, consultants, directors or managers, and researchers in a variety of professional settings:
- Private practice and independent consulting
- Integrative medicine and wellness centers
- Medical centers, hospitals, community health, primary care
- Medical spas
- Yoga retreat centers
- Sports medicine
- Corporate wellness programs
- Colleges and universities
Program Learning Outcomes
- Discuss contemporary issues affecting patient-centered care across disciplines in the field of integrative medicine.
- Explain the influence of biopsychosocial factors on general health and wellbeing and the implications for individuals, organizations, and/or communities.
- Interpret the values, ethical principles, and practice standards that are paramount for multidisciplinary practitioners and researchers.
- Assess and synthesize evidence, theories, and informed practices/interventions in integrative medicine.
- Apply published research and critical thinking skills in academic papers, presentations, and/or communications.
- Develop reflective practices and/or model adaptive skills in integrative healthcare and wellness.
- Demonstrate multicultural competencies and diversity awareness, and support health equity and social justice in healthcare systems.
- Evaluate methodologies and/or conduct independent research to investigate contemporary issues in lifestyle and wellness.