School of Nursing

Minor in Holistic and Integrative Health

The holistic and integrative health minor is designed to provide the foundations and philosophies of a holistic and integrative approach to health care and to examine the fundamental world view, diagnostic methods, and healing techniques utilized in the practice of various complementary healing modalities. A primary focus of the minor is exploration of the issues that arise in moving toward an integrative approach to the needs of body, mind, and spirit. This minor is open to all USM students and may be of particular interest to students majoring in nursing and health professions, to students preparing for work in a complementary health care field, to students in psychology, social work, and anthropology, or to any student interested in addressing personal health in a holistic manner.

The minimum number of credits required to complete the minor: 18. Students may transfer up to six credits toward the completion of the minor from other universities.

Foundational Courses (6 credits, required)
     HIH 280 Holistic Health I (Formerly CON 280)
     HIH 281 Holistic Health II (Formerly CON 281)

Healing modalities (complete 6 credits from the following)
     HIH 261 Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine (Formerly CON 261)
     HIH 283 Healing and Spirituality (Formerly CON 283)
     HIH 284 Botanical Therapies (Formerly CON 284)
     HIH 288 Reiki: Energy Medicine (Formerly CON 288)
     HIH 490 Therapeutic Touch (Formerly CON 490)
     REC 285 Perspectives on Animal-Assisted Therapy (Formerly CON 285)
     REC 311 Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults (Formerly CON 311)

Wellness Knowledge and Development (complete 6 credits from the following)
     CON 252 Human Nutrition
     HIH 270 Holistic Approach to Reproductive Health (Formerly CON 270)
     NUR 203 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
     REC 110 Foundations of Recreation and Leisure Studies
     REC/SPM 219 Lifetime Physical Fitness and Wellness (Formerly CON 219)

or

Two 1.5 credit RHF courses may be substituted for 3 credits under this category. Examples include:*

RHF 106 Ballroom Dance
RHF 109 Beginning Weight Training
RHF 118 Yoga RHF 121 Self Defense
RHF 122 Aerobic Kickboxing
RHF 123 Introduction to Sea Kayaking
RHF 124 T'ai Chi Qigong RHF 126 Stability and Physio-ball Exercise RHF 127 Pilates  

*Other RHF courses may be substituted with permission of appropriate faculty.

To declare the Holistic and Integrative Health minor, please submit a Declaration of Minor form to the School of Nursing. For more information about the minor, please contact the School of Nursing.