Holistic Health, B.S.

Approach health and healing through a broader perspective. The Holistic Health degree program at Vermont State University, one of the few of its kind in the country, will ground you in core scientific disciplines and train you to understand a wide variety of holistic health care therapies — including chiropractic, yoga, acupuncture, herbalism, and meditation/mindfulness.

You’ll deepen your understanding of holistic health practices through classes focused on individual practices, research opportunities, and hands-on internships. When you graduate, you will be prepared to continue building your knowledge through post-graduate training in health-related programs.

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Why Study Holistic Health at Vermont State?

  • Unique Path: Start preparing for integrative medicine or holistic health careers at the undergraduate level. There are few bachelor’s level programs that let you begin to explore and build your knowledge for a non-traditional approach to health care. 
  • Expert-Approved Curriculum: Study a curriculum consistent with the standards set by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and Bastyr University’s School of Naturopathic Medicine. Vermont State’s program has been examined and approved by Dr. James Gordon, who served as the first chairman of the program advisory council to the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine and as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. 
  • Evidence-Based Approach: Holistic health doesn’t mean abandoning scientific standards of measuring effectiveness. You’ll develop a broad base in chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physiology along with research methods that will give you tools to assess the evidence supporting alternative health care practices. 
  • Tools for Self-Care: We help you apply what you learn to your self-care, so you can put healthy strategies into practice for handling the stresses of your college experience and set the foundations for caring for yourself in your future holistic health career. This is one of the best ways to learn integrative, cross-cultural, and evidence-based skills across various holistic health practices and therapies. 
  • Faculty Expertise: The director and primary faculty member for Vermont State’s Bachelor of Science in Holistic Health is a practicing holistic health doctor. Your instructors also include a clinically-trained herbalist and certified health and wellness coach and a nationally-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. 

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Sample Courses

  • Nutrition in Health & Performance 
  • Holistic Health, Wellness, and Medicine 
  • The Anatomy of Healing 
  • Mindfulness Meditation 

Meet Our Faculty

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Part Time Faculty

  • Johnson Campus

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