Stockton-Area Schools with Holistic Health Programs
Holistic health degree programs are not available at any universities or colleges in the Stockton, CA, area, and the closest two schools with these programs are both more than an hour away. In this article, we'll look at those schools and the programs they offer. There's also a table of facts about each, such as size, tuition and the graduation rate, that may factor into a prospective student's decision. At the end of the article is information on a few schools that are closer to Stockton and offer studies in alternative and Chinese medicine.
- John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, about 70 miles west of Stockton, offers a master's degree in holistic health education.
- San Francisco State University offers a certificate program in holistic health and a bachelor's degree program in health education with an emphasis in holistic health studies. This school is part of the California State University system and is in San Francisco, about 90 miles west of Stockton.
Comparison of Schools
Aspiring holistic health students need to learn about the schools before deciding which one to attend. This table provides important information that students should consider.
|John F. Kennedy University||San Francisco State University|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||1,230*||29,465*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-16)||$23,292*||$6,476 for in-state; $17,636 for out-of-state*|
|% of Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2013-14)||80%*||54%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A||66%*|
|Retention Rate (2013-14)||N/A||84% for full-time students; 39% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||N/A||50%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
John F. Kennedy University
John F. Kennedy University offers a master's degree in holistic health education, a program that the university has offered for more than 25 years. This program is designed for health care professionals seeking training in alternative health care programs, as well as for individuals who are interested in careers in holistic health.
Master of Arts in Health Education
The Master of Arts in Health Education at John F. Kennedy University teaches graduates how to integrate mainstream and alternative forms of medicine. Students learn about theories and issues related to holistic health education, and conduct research in a specific area of this field. Students can specialize in holistic nutrition by taking a few extra courses beyond the regular program coursework. Courses include integrative health, Asian approaches to healing, foundations of holistic nutrition, spirituality in healthcare, holistic nutrition and whole health coaching.
San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University's Institute for Holistic Health Studies teaches students to promote the health and well-being of individuals through behavior, thought, spirit, body, feeling and the environment. The institute offers certificate and degree programs in holistic health studies.
Certificate in Holistic Health
The university's Certificate in Holistic Health is a 30-unit program open to current students and others who can demonstrate the ability to complete upper division college work. Students must complete courses in human anatomy and physiology, Western and Eastern perspectives in holistic health, human nature and holistic health, and Chinese perspectives of holistic health. Courses may be taken for personal interest without admission into the certificate program.
Bachelor of Science in Health Education with Holistic Health Studies Emphasis
The Bachelor of Science in Health Education with an emphasis in Holistic Health Services includes instruction in how to implement and evaluate health and human services programs. The holistic health studies concentration provides students with a deeper understanding of health and healing concepts practiced around the world. Students explore various historical and cultural practices. The curriculum includes experiential learning as a required component.
Other School Options
There are closer school options with related programs in Chinese and alternative medicine. Five Branches University, a graduate school for traditional Chinese medicine with a campus in San Jose, and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, both offer a master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine. They also offer certificate programs in Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan).