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Holistic Health Studies: Certificate

Holistic Health Studies is now an Open University program. For more information on Open University, please see Open University. During fall and spring, Open University students must show up to the first class session to see if the instructor will admit them. Open University students have a lower enrollment priority than regular university students. Admission to classes is entirely at the discretion of the instructor. If the instructor can admit you, they will provide you with a permit number, which you can use to enroll online.

Note: Courses may be taken individually for personal interest without being admitted to the certificate program.

Holistic Health Studies Certificate Application

For the certificate application, go to Division of Graduate Studies > Certificate Approved Program - Generic Form.

Academic Certificate Requirements

The program requires successful completion of 30 semester units as listed below.

This includes the following:

  • Human Anatomy/Physiology (4 units) (BIOL 100/101, 328 or 610/611 are accepted alternatives.)
  • Core courses (9 units)
  • Selected coursework from the emphasis areas (9 units)
  • Internship (3 units)
  • Electives (5 units) (upon advisement)

Holistic Health Studies Academic Certificate Requirements

(1) Human Anatomy/Physiology (4 units)

(2) Holistic Health Studies Core Courses (9 units)
Complete all three courses:

  • HH 380 Holistic Health: Western Perspectives (3 units)
  • HH 381 Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives (3 units)
  • HH 382 Holistic Health & Human Nature (3 units)
  • HH 383 Chinese Perspectives in Holistic Health (3 units)

(3) Holistic Health Studies Emphasis Areas (9 units)
Choose nine units from areas listed below.
(a) Western Perspectives

  • HH 205 Relaxation & Stress Reduction (3 units)
  • HH 430 Foundation of Biofeedback & Self-Regulation (3 units)
  • HH 433 Introduction to Autogenic Training (3 units)
  • HH 650 Anthroposophical Health Studies (3 units)
  • HH 690 Psychophysiology of Healing (3 units)
  • PSY 594 Psychology of Biofeedback Process (3 units)

(b) Eastern Perspectives

  • HH 420 Chinese Body-Mind Energetics (3 units)
  • HH 530 Herbal & Nutritional Principles in Chinese Healing (3 units)
  • HH 540 Imagery & Meditation in Healing (3 units)
  • HH 621 Advanced Studies in Chinese Health & Healing (1-3 units)
  • KIN 136 Hatha Yoga (or Advanced, KIN 236) (1-3 units)
  • KIN 275 Intermediate or Advanced Tai Chi (2 units)

(c) Holism & Human Nature

  • HED 418 Environmental Health (3 units)
  • HH 670 Alternative Health Practices (3 units)
  • HH 677 Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine (3 units)
  • HH 660 Art as Healing (3 units)
  • HH 680 Holistic Health Internship (1-3 units)
  • HH 699 Special Study (3 units)

(4) Holistic Health Internship (3 units)

  • HH 680 Holistic Health Internship (3 units)

(5) Electives (5 units)

In addition to HH courses, SF State has an array of fascinating courses appropriate for certificate electives. Examples include:•

  • ANTH 630 Medical Anthropology (3 units)
  • BIOL 318 Our Endangered Planet (3 units)
  • BIOL 321 Magic, Myths, & Medicine: A History of Medicine (3 units)
  • BUS 450 Greening of Business (3 units)
  • CFS 355 Nutrition for Wellness (3 units)
  • CHIN 101 First Semester Chinese (5 units)
  • COUN 606 Introduction to Peer Counseling Skills (3 units)
  • GRN 510 Death & Dying in Contemporary Society (3 units)
  • HED 410 Organization & Function of Health Services (3 units)
  • HIST 578 History of Japan (3 units)
  • HH 699 Special Study (1-3 units)
  • KIN 331 Peak Performance (3 units)
  • PSY 442 Health Psychology (3 units)
  • RAZA 450 Indigenismo: Indigenous & Culture Personality (3 units)

Other electives with approval of advisor.

Total units required for Certificate in Holistic Health Studies: 30 units

Students may apply for the certificate after all requirements and electives have been completed.

All Holistic Health Studies Certificate applicants must follow the Academic Certificate requirements. As Holistic Health Studies is now offered through Open University, Extended Learning will no longer charge an application fee. A certificate completion fee of $7.00 will be charged once all certificate requirements are met. Application and check should be submitted to SF State Division of Graduate Studies, located at ADM 253.

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