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Center Launches Affordable Online Specialization in Integrative Health and Medicine

The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and global online learning leader Coursera announced today the launch of a new online specialization in Integrative Health and Medicine.

Through this Specialization, health care professionals will explore integrative healing through three initial classes, which include: Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, Guided Imagery, and Herbal Medicine.

Learn more about the online Specialization in Integrative Health and Medicine

Discover Wellbeing U

In Wellbeing U, our newest free online learning experience, you'll learn about thriving in life and at work, making changes that stick, wellbeing in the workplace, and how mindfulness can make a difference. Participate from now until April 5, 2019, and be entered in a drawing to win a Fit Bit.



    "The instructors were very understanding in my Center courses and they truly practiced mindfulness themselves! They were the most supportive instructors that I have experienced here at the University."



    "I work for a non-profit with a mission to build healthier communities. I’m using what I’ve learned in my Center courses to help people explore diverse ways of building individual and community resilience."



    "As a future physician, I will apply some of the holistic practices that I have learned in Center coursesto my medical practices. The body is more than just the physical being, and there is more to medicine than pharmaceuticals."


    "CSPH courses are different because they rely much more heavily on reading and synthesizing information from research – these courses really support critical thinking. The approach is more 'how to think' about a subject, rather than 'what to think.'"


    "I am a practicing pharmacist, and taking an academic course at the Center gave me new tools to use to help my patients."



    Top Reasons for Enrollment

    • Academic credit
    • Personal development
    • Professional education
    • Mental health and wellbeing


    Academic Quality

    • 96% satisfied with course quality
    • 94% satisfied with academic rigor
    • 91% satisfied with academic instruction


    Students reported CSPH courses support them in addressing:

    • Stress: 75%
    • Anxiety: 58%
    • Depression: 35%
    • Insomnia: 17%
    • Other: 14%


$3M Transformational Learning; $4M Strategic Innovation; $4M Research and Discovery; $1M Growth and Sustainability; $12M Overall Goal


"I am excited to kick off the Wellbeing for All campaign for the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. The campaign comes at a time when we are poised to grow the Center in ways that will enable us to meet the increasing needs of those we serve."

-Center Director Mary Jo Kreitzer

Around the Center

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Take Five for Your Health and Wellbeing Podcast

All new episodes of the Center's podcast will be coming out every week for the month of October! This biweekly podcast explores science-based health and wellbeing subjects through interviews with experts like Alex Haley, Mary Jo Kreitzer, Megan Voss, and many more. Now available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and TuneIn.

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2018 India Group with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

CSPH 5318 faculty and students just had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India! During each India trip, the Group visits the Taj Mahal in Agra and travels to Dharamsala in the spectacular Himalayan Mountains. Dharamsala, is home to His Holiness and a large Tibetan refugee community. Doctors at Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical Institute, teach the Group their “Six Day Course about Tibetan Medicine.” 


CSPH 5541 - Emotional Healing and Happiness

This course will introduce and provide in-depth, experiential training in the cultivation of happiness, emotional health and healing for multi-disciplinary professions. Students will learn ancient and contemporary highly effective methods for the transformation of afflictive emotions, unhealthy patterns, and behaviors.

Kalalau Valley, Hawaii

Travel Abroad: Hawaii 2019

In this exciting interdisciplinary travel program, you will travel to the Big Island of Hawaii and learn about integrative healing and wellbeing in a tropical setting. Topics include aromatherapy, indigenous Hawaiian healing, and Reiki.

Ricka Robb Kohnstamm

Featured Alumni: Ricka Kohnstamm

Ricka Robb Kohnstamm combines more than 25 years of professional service industry and strategic consulting expertise with a M.A. in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, one of the United States' premiere research universities. She offers individual and group coaching at her private practice, Align Whole Health.

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