Holistic Health Online

Discover your path to a career in healing with Northern Vermont University Online’s B.S. in Holistic Health.

North leads us to question. To explore. To always seek something greater. Take the next step toward a career that you're passionate about with the NVU Online Holistic Health degree program. The bachelor of science degree in Holistic Health offers students interested in a science-based undergraduate degree an opportunity to learn from experts in alternative health practices and pursue a wellness-based career.

You’ll learn the theory and practice of holistic medicine from experts in the field. This fully online bachelor of science degree offers students the opportunity to:

  • Explore bold new horizons in health care
  • Examine the mind-body connection and its role in personal wellness and well-being
  • Understand the role wellness plays in the development of sustainable communities
  • Learn the science, theories, and histories of Western (i.e., allopathic) and alternative and complementary health care therapies including acupuncture, naturopathy, Ayurveda, chiropractic, homeopathy, and Native American healing
  • Understand mind-body therapies including meditation, yoga, massage, biofeedback, and other stress-reduction techniques

Overview of the Holistic Health Online Degree

  • Students in this program explore the social, cultural, political, and psychological dimensions of various systems of health care. It is a rigorous, science-based undergraduate program that emphasizes holistic models for health, wellness, and healing. Based on the scientific protocols set by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Bastyr University’s Naturopathic Medical School program in Seattle, Washington, it provides the scientific knowledge and practical skills needed to make informed healthcare decisions and lifestyle choices and to prepare for careers as state-of-the-art healthcare professionals, veterinarians, and doctors.
  • Students study conventional, allopathic medicine in the U.S. as well as alternative medical models from around the world. While completing their degrees, students may elect to co-enroll in certification programs to become massage therapists, yoga instructors, reiki masters, and Ayurvedic consultants. Graduates are prepared for medical- and health-related graduate programs and careers in holistic health care, Naturopathic medicine, mind-body therapies, and other healing occupations.
  • A revised curriculum reflecting advances in medical knowledge and contemporary practice took effect in fall 2015. The new curriculum incorporates suggestions by two experts who reviewed the curriculum in 2012 and 2004, respectively: Dr. James S. Gordon, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine Program at Georgetown University, former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and a member of the Advisory Council for the NIH National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); and Dr. Joseph Jacobs, former director of NCCAM. The program was renamed Holistic Health in 2020 to reflect advances in medical knowledge and contemporary practice.