Pre-Holistic Health Studies

St. Catherine University offers two alternatives for completing the Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies program. A dual-degree program is available to undergraduate students resulting in a B.A. or B.S. degree in select majors (see below and Dual Degree Programs tab), and a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies (MAHS). The graduate entry level MAHS program is available to students who have completed a B.A. or B.S.

Standard Application Process for the Dual-Degree MAHS Program

In this option, students enter one of the University's pre-holistic health studies areas of study in biology or public health: public policy that include all liberal arts core requirements and major course work in the particular field of study.

Students apply to the MAHS program during their junior year. Applicants must complete a dual degree application and meet all other admission criteria for consideration to the program including:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0 should submit an explanatory statement with their application for consideration.

  • Declared major in biology or public health: public policy

  • Junior status

If accepted into the MAHS for their senior year, students typically are awarded the St. Catherine baccalaureate degree after nine months in the MAHS program.  The student’s major will be public health: public policy or applied science in biology. Following successful completion of all the MAHS degree requirements, the MA degree is awarded. 

Students who are not accepted into the MAHS program can complete a major in biology or public health: public policy. The curriculum for each of the areas of study is listed on the Dual Degree Programs tab.

The curriculum for each of the dual degree programs is listed below.

NOTE: The graduate MAHS courses students take after completing their B.A. or B.S. degree are listed at the end of this section.

Biology

Students must complete all liberal arts core requirements, 60 hours clinical experience and the following courses.

This major is available in the College for Women only.

Applied Science in Biology Requirements
BIOL 1710Foundations of Biology I with Lab4
BIOL 1720Foundations of Biology II with Lab4
BIOL 2710Foundations of Biology III with Lab4
BIOL 2720Sophomore Seminar2
BIOL 4850WSenior Seminar2
Select three from the following courses:12
Ecology with Lab
Plant Biology with Lab
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab
Comparative Animal Physiology
Biology of Microorganisms with Lab
Cell Biology with Lab
Evolutionary Biology with Lab
Genetics with Lab
Biopsychology with Lab
Immunology with Lab
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 1110General Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 1120General Chemistry II with Lab4
HHS 2000Culture, Health and Healing3
HHS XXXXHolistic Studies Communities of Practice4
Select one of the following Statistics courses:4
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Biostatistics
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis with Corequisite
Statistical Analysis
Total Credits47

Graduate Courses Taken after Admission to the Dual Degree Program (First Year of Master's Program)

HHS 6700Foundations of Holistic Health and Wellness2
HHS 6720Complementary/Alternative Approaches to Healthcare2
HHS 6730Culture as a Resource in Health and Healing2
HHS 6740Spiritual Wellness2
HHS 6760Ecology and Health2
HHS 7520Women and Holistic Health2
HHS 8900Quantitative and Qualitative Research: Mindful Inquiry3
Six elective credits from:6
Independent Study
Topics
Mindfulness Based Meditation
Energy Healing I
Energy Healing II
Total Credits21

Students who do not gain entry to the MAHS program after their junior year complete the following courses for a major (B.S. degree1) in biology:

Six additional credits in biology at the 3000 or 4000 level including:6
At least one 4-credit field course
At least 4 credits at the 4000 level
BIOL 4602Internship2
or BIOL 4912 Research
CHEM 2010Organic Chemistry I with Lab4
Total Credits12

Public Health: Public Policy

This major is available in the College for Women only.

Public Health Core and Concentration Courses
HLTH 1090Biostatistics4
HLTH 2050Foundations in Public Health4
HLTH 3150Epidemiology4
HLTH 3250Global Health4
HLTH 3350Environmental Health4
HLTH 4754Practicum4
HLTH 4800WSenior Seminar in Public Health4
HHS 2000Culture, Health and Healing3
HHS XXXXHolistic Health in Communities of Practice4
INDI 2220Medical Terminology2
or IPE 1030 Healthcare Teams Foundations and Medical Terminology
MGMT 3850Healthcare Policy4
or ECON 2900 Topics in Healthcare Economics
Select two courses from COMM 1020, COMM 1020, or 2000 level or higher courses on the legal, economic or communication dimension of health care and public policy from:8
Interpersonal Communication
Speaking to Lead and Influence
Foundations in Leadership
Media, Culture and Society
Small Group Communication
Rhetoric, Civic Participation and Social Justice
Communication in Organizations
Communicating across Cultures, Identities and Differences
Leadership and the Art of Persuasion
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Topics in Healthcare Economics
Development Economics: Examining Poverty and Inequality
Global Financial Issues
International Economics: Trade and Immigration
Food Systems and Policy
Lifelong Nutrition
Twentieth Century America
History of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in the U.S.
The Sixties in the U.S.
U.S. Women Since 1920
Healthcare Teams: Opportunities and Challenges in Aging
Healthcare Teams - Evidence-Based Practice
American Government and Politics
Public Policy
Introduction to World Politics
Haves and Have-Nots
Select one of the following:4
Biology laboratory science course
Chemistry laboratory science course
Total Credits53

Graduate Courses Taken after Admission to the Dual Degree Program (First Year of Master's Program)

HHS 6700Foundations of Holistic Health and Wellness2
HHS 6720Complementary/Alternative Approaches to Healthcare2
HHS 6730Culture as a Resource in Health and Healing2
HHS 6740Spiritual Wellness2
HHS 6760Ecology and Health2
HHS 7520Women and Holistic Health2
HHS 8900Quantitative and Qualitative Research: Mindful Inquiry3
Six elective credits from:6
Independent Study
Topics
Mindfulness Based Meditation
Energy Healing I
Energy Healing II
Total Credits21

Graduate Courses Taken after Completion of B.A. or B.S. Degree for Either of the Undergraduate Dual-Degree Programs Listed Above  

HHS 7500Core Concepts in Mind/Body Interactions2
HHS 7620Organizing for Social Change2
HHS 8940Research Methods and Statistics3
HHS 7710Alternative Approaches to Nutrition2
HHS 6820Movement, Relaxation and Health2
HHS 8980Research Seminar2
HHS 8920Practicum and Integrative Seminar2
Three elective credits from:3
Topics
Perspectives of Health and Healing in India
Energy Healing I
Energy Healing II
Total Credits18