Holistic Health Studies

Holistic Health Studies

Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Holistic health is also known as integrative, complementary, or alternative healthcare. It crosses borders, disciplines, time, religions and ways of healing to benefit individuals, communities, and the environment.

In the United States, holistic health took root during the 1960s and ’70s. Concern about our environment was growing, women and cultural minorities were demanding a voice and new opportunities, and ease of travel and communications opened up the world. Today, this emerging model of healthcare draws from the best of modern scientific medicine and cross-cultural healing wisdom passed down over the centuries.

Program Details

Format: Evenings

Completion time: 2.5 years (master's), 1 year (certificate)

Credits: 39

Cost per credit (2020–2021): $852

Start: Fall or spring

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Each new MAHS student will be considered for up to $5,000 in funding from these scholarship programs: Innovation in Holistic Health, diversity, alumni, and academic achievement.

MAHS students employed by St. Kate’s corporate partners also receive a scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%. After enrolling, some MAHS students may qualify for awards from the Jeannette Buczynski Kissinger Scholarship Fund. Students are also eligible to apply for loan and grant programs.

Committed to Cultural Diversity and Healing

The MAHS curriculum draws on knowledge from all corners of life and all disciplines of study. You will research emerging and integrative models of healthcare, and learn to understand yourself and the current holistic health movement in the historical context of social change.

At the core of the MAHS program is a commitment to cultural diversity and a respect for indigenous and ancient healing practices. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of healing traditions, along with your own cultural influences, as you investigate the historic constructs underpinning today's medical systems.

Our students are motivated by their interest in meaning and purpose in their lives. They are passionate about creating healthier and more vibrant communities by learning and integrating holistic practices, both personally and professionally. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in research that is relevant to your own journey, advancing your knowledge and contributing to the field.

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Careers in Holistic Health

In the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies (MAHS) on our St. Paul campus, our academic and experiential program gives you the tools to integrate holistic health into a variety of professions and fields. Opportunities for skill development, empowerment, and transformation prepare you to play a leading role in the evolution of health and healing.

Our graduates apply their research-based knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit, caring, and creativity in a wide variety of capacities:

  • healthcare providers who are seeking to integrate holistic and complementary skills into their current practice
  • mental health practitioners
  • educators and other human development professionals
  • independent professionals already working as, or seeking to work as, alternative and complementary health practitioners