Certificate in Integrative Therapies & Healing Practices

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Contact Christina in Student Services at csh-academics@umn.edu for more information.

With increasing student and practitioner interest in exploring culture, spirituality and healing options including the use of integrative therapies, the Center offers a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Integrative Therapies & Healing Practices. This innovative, interdisciplinary graduate program enables students to acquire advanced knowledge and skills to enhance their professional careers, their own lives as well as the lives of their patients.

Students can individualize coursework and focus on an area of interest:

  • Health Coaching
  • Clinical applications – including botanical medicine, mind/body interventions, music and essential oils
  • Leadership in Optimal Healing Environments
  • Nature-Based Therapeutics

Benefits of our Graduate Certificate:

  • Individualized program-based unique learning needs
  • Flexible scheduling options/formats including online and distance learning
  • Internships in Minnesota, the U.S., and abroad
  • Faculty: world class researchers, teachers and clinicians
  • Community-based learning within healthcare institutions and community organizations

Individuals who already have a graduate-level degree or who are unsure whether or not they want to pursue a graduate degree will be able to enroll in the program and receive an official certificate from the University of Minnesota. Then, should participants decide to continue their studies, certificate credits may transfer to a masters or doctoral program.

The Bakken Center's certificate is a graduate-level program. It can be completed concurrently with another graduate program or completed independently.


Twelve (12) semester credits are required to complete the certificate. It is possible to complete all coursework online. Required Courses are:
 - CSPH 5101 Introduction to Integrative Healing Practices (3 credits) and
 - CSPH 5102 Art of Healing: Self as Healer (1 credit) OR CSPH 5806 Wellbeing and Resiliency for Health Professionals (1 credit)

Students are encouraged to choose the remaining credits from courses consistent with their academic training and professional goals. A faculty advisor will work with the student in designing a program plan that accommodates the student’s unique learning objectives. To earn the certificate, students must complete all twelve credits, including the three required courses, with a minimum GPA of 2.8.

Admission Requirements

The graduate faculty has established admission standards for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices.

They include the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a health-related field such as nursing or a graduate degree in medicine, public health or pharmacy from an accredited U.S. institution or a foreign equivalent
  • A 3.0 grade point average as an operating standard
  • Non-English speaking students will need a TOEFL score of 550 printed test (213 for the computer-based version)

Application Procedure 

Annual application deadline is March 15 for entrance in the following Fall semester.

  • All materials are submitted through the University of Minnesota Online Application System
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from all previous institutions attended directly into the Online Application. If you are admitted, you will be asked to have official transcripts sent directly from your previous schools.
  • Enter contact information for two recommenders into the Online Application. They will be sent a link to complete a rating form and upload their letter of recommendation. 
  • A current CV or resume
  • A 3-5 page letter of interest stating why you are interested in the certificate program and your professional goals