As part of the M.S. in Mind-Body Medicine program, students will gain valuable experience in many areas.
- Mind-body medicine and integrative health
- Movement, exercise, and health
- Guided imagery
- Scientific advances in psychoneuroimmunology, the neurosciences, and consciousness studies
- Applied hypnosis or applied biofeedback
Applying the principles and evidence supporting the effectiveness of mind-body approaches for health outcomes and overall wellbeing, students enrolled in the M.S. Mind-Body Medicine program integrate the philosophy, science, and techniques of mind-body medicine in their personal and professional work. The curriculum presents a foundation of scholarship within the domain of integrative healthcare, mind-body science, practice, research literacy, and ethics. Students may choose to add a minor in integrative wellness coaching or integrative and functional nutrition to expand their knowledge and skills in one of these professional disciplines.
The requirements for the M.S. Mind-Body Medicine program include 40 credits within specific categories of coursework: core (13 credits), research (6 credits), mind-body science (6 credits), practice (9 credits), and electives (6 credits). Adding a minor will add 3 to 12 more credits to the degree program. Additionally, the following should be taken into consideration:
- The MS MBM degree does not qualify graduates for medical licensure.
- The average time to complete the MS MBM degree requirements is 2 to 3 years.
- Students also may choose to pursue a nationally recognized certificate in clinical hypnosis, biofeedback, or integrative wellness coaching. Refer to the departments of Applied Psychophysiology and Integrative Wellness Coaching to learn more.
Graduates of the M.S. in Mind-Body Medicine program will understand how to treat the mind, body, and spirit of patients. With courses that are designed based on a curriculum developed by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., students will connect one-on-one with leaders in the field and learn holistic approaches that can be applied to various areas, including counseling, health coaching, nutrition, social work, occupational therapy, or private practice.
- Integrative and Functional Nutrition
- Integrative Wellness Coaching
Houston-Based Satellite Residential Conference Program
Students who enroll in the Houston RC program will take part in multiple 4-day residential conferences throughout the program, as fulfillment of the residential training requirements for the 40 credit M.S. in Mind-Body Medicine or the 76 credit Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine. Residential Conferences will be held at the offices of the Institute for Spirituality and Health in the Texas Medical Center.
M.S. in Mind-Body Medicine Sample Courses
Mind-Body Therapies and Practices
This course introduces students to the principles and evidence supporting mind-body practices as one of the leading complementary approaches in the healthcare field. A large amount of published research supports the effectiveness of mind-body medicine for health outcomes and overall wellbeing. Thousands of studies have documented the therapeutic benefits of mind-body therapies on physical, mental, and emotional health. Through the weekly readings, discussions, and practices, students will have opportunities to integrate these principles and techniques in their personal life and professional work.
Complementary and Integrative Medicine
This survey course introduces integrative professions and practices within a system for health, wellness, and healing. Throughout the term, students will critically investigate the research literature supporting the paradigms, practices, and services associated with complementary systems including naturopathy, structural and traditional medicine. In addition, specific modalities within the systems will also be explored. These topics include homeopathy, herbal medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy and bodywork, Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and ayurvedic medicine. The final module concludes with an examination of trends and opportunities in the field of integrative health and wellness.
Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health
This course is both theoretical and experiential. Students learn about and discuss the origins of mindfulness practices, the modern scientific underpinnings of mindfulness research, and multiple applications of mindfulness in medicine, healthcare, and society. Students learn and are supported in the personal development of a simple mindfulness practice. Students’ personal experiences are the basis for understanding mindfulness as a tool for stress management, self-awareness, and self-efficacy. Students are also be encouraged to assess the appropriateness of mindfulness in their own lives as a spiritual practice and a way of life.