Integrative Health and Wellness at The Graduate Institute

Health and Wellness are core areas of study at The Graduate Institute. They are examined from an integrative holistic perspective that considers the human being as a complex system comprising several interconnected dimensions - corporeal, energetic, emotional, mental, interpersonal, consciential and spiritual - and recognizes the strict inter-connections between the individual, society and the ecosystem

Such perspective is rarely considered in other universities, while at The Graduate Institute it is the foundation for a variety of programs, including:

Master of Arts Degree Program in:

Certificate Programs in:

The aforementioned programs prepare students to assume a new worldview, new concepts and new tools for better taking care of their health and wellbeing as well as that of their clients' and patients’.


Until now, the dominant trend in healthcare has not been one of integration but, on the contrary, one of separation and sectorization: entrusting the care of the body to doctors, the care of the mind and the emotions to counselors and psychologists, and the care of the spirit to ministers and priests. But who takes care of the whole person? Today more and more people want to feel whole and be recognized as such. They are tired of being considered as bodies separate from minds separate from hearts separate from the spirit.

By treating the health of the whole patient – physical, mental, interpersonal and transpersonal/spiritual - not just the immediate symptoms of a specific organ or dimension, the effects of the combined treatments are long-lasting and with a lower regression rate.

Also, administratively, healthcare is indeed moving away from an impersonal and expensive "fee-for-service" model, where individual providers and specialists work in isolation with very little collaboration between them when treating a sick patient. The new model being considered is called "Accountable Care Organizations (ACO's)". It is built around the concept of allocating a block of time and money toward an all-encompassing, holistic approach to restoring a patient's wellness and then keeping them healthy. This new philosophy takes into consideration the value of holistic and naturopathic treatments in addition to the traditional allopathic services. In many cases, "alternative" treatments that have been considered so far an unreimbusreable out-of-pocket expense are now being offered within traditional medical establishments as a part of their overall care strategy.


If you are a nurse, a doctor, a therapist, a trainer, a coach, or any provider of health and wellness services, you need to be on top of your training in order to be successful in this new healthcare landscape. 

If you are patient, you need to know the full range of service options available to you. 

If you have a healthy curiosity about what is means to be well and to live an optimum lifestyle, you need to be armed with the latest information.

We encourage you to explore our Master Degree and Certificate programs in Integrative Health and Healing and related topics to become part of improving the overall healthcare experience!

Master of Arts Degree Program in:

Certificate Programs in:


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