Holistic Health Minor

School of Health Sciences

Holistic Health

The Holistic Health program is an interdisciplinary minor housed in the School of Health Sciences. Its goal through interprofessional education (IPE) is to advance the understanding of complementary and alternative health care through education, critical thinking and research with an array of healthcare professionals. It is not a training program that will allow students to practice in any given field but will provide a foundation to explore various holistic therapies and integrative medicine. Further professional training and licensing appropriate to a particular field would be required. The program is designed to provide students the knowledge and background necessary to understand relevant issues in holistic health.

The two main goals of the program are:
1. Interprofessional Education: To provide courses taught by a qualified and interdisciplinary faculty that identifies and defines the available holistic therapies and their relevance in modern health care. Students learn the philosophical rationales and aesthetic foundations for such therapies. Further, they learn to think critically about holistic health, evaluating therapies on the basis of empirical, peer-reviewed research, and to apply this perspective to decision-making processes with various disciplines in healthcare.
2. Information Literacy/Research: To encourage faculty and students to collaborate in undertaking quality research. These efforts would help address the need to evaluate critically and fairly the theoretical bases, efficacy and safety of holistic treatments and their role in the health care system.

The program is open to students in all majors. Students should contact the coordinator of the Holistic Health program to indicate their interest in pursuing the minor. It also is helpful for students to inform their preceptor of their intention to pursue the minor as the requirements for Holistic Health can simultaneously fulfill other graduation requirements. With early planning, the requirements for the Holistic Health minor can be fulfilled within the framework of completing any undergraduate degree at the University.

Completing a minor in Holistic Health involves completion of a total of 20 undergraduate credits. An e-portfolio is required, which compiles the learning from all 5 courses and fosters an overarching personal holistic health philosophy at the completion of requirements. A newly established Holistic Health Club invites your participation on campus to improve overall well-being in your journey to the completion of your degree.

Students are required to complete 5 courses. These courses provide students with a broad introduction to holistic health, as well as background in research methodology. While POLS 2150 is a political science course, it covers the relevant research background and techniques, and students can arrange with the instructor for the research projects to cover holistic health-related topics. Other courses include study abroad options: China and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which would include an independent study.

Research Methodology Courses
GEN 3411 Interdisiplinary Research Methods
HLTH 3200 Research Methods
NURS 3334 Research Methods
POLS 2150 Introduction to Political Methodology
PUBH 2330 Research Method & Statistics

PUBH 4610 Public Health Research Methods
PSYC 2241 Statistical Methods

PSYC 3242 Experimental Psychology
SOWK 3102 Research Methods and Statistics (SOWK majors only)
Other statistics courses already completed may be considered


The following is a list of courses that may serve toward completion of the minor. As other courses are added in the future, they also may be considered to serve as electives provided that their content is appropriate for the minor. If you feel there is a course that may fit as an elective in this minor that is not listed below, please check with the minor coordinator for approval. In addition, students may elect to complete an independent study that would serve as an elective.  An independent study allows the student to pursue a particular area of holistic health in greater depth when the topic is not already covered comprehensively by an existing course.

ANTH 2136 World Perspectives on Health
FRST 1002 Yoga On and Off the Mat

GAH 2162 Medicine, Ethics and the Arts
GAH 2206 Introduction to South Indian Classical Dance
GAH 2327 How Judiasm Approaches Life
GEN 1016 Mind Body Conditioning

GEN 2158 The Body in Motion

GEN 2319 Meditation: Theory & Practice
GEN 2325 Nutrition and Health

GEN 2516 Mind Body Conditioning
GEN 3617 Physical and Mental Wellness

GIS 3207 Contemporary Issues in Bioethics
GIS 3633 States of Conscienceness

GIS 4636 Yoga: East Meets West
GIS 4644 Mindfulness, Self and Reality
GIS 4660 Grief & Loss
GNM 1026 Alternative Health Care
GNM 2117 Microbes and Man
GNM 2144 Alternative Health Care
GNM 2201 Health and Healing

GNM 2206 Herbal Medicine

GNM 2267 Folk & Traditional Medicine
GNM 2336 Modern Health Issues

GSS 2159 Psychology of Well Being

GSS 2351 Herbal Psychopharmacology

GSS 3160 Stress and Anxiety
GSS 3604 Honors Economic Well-Being
GSS 3624 Pursuit of Happiness

HTMS 3128 Spa Management in Hospitality Operations

HTMS 3412 Eastern Approaches to Nutrition and Movement
PHIL 2100 Buddhist Philosophy

PHIL 2111 Daoism

PHIL 3112 Philosophy East and West

PSYC 2212 Health Psychology

PSYC 3635 Positive Psychology

PUBH 2432 Contemporary Health Issues

SOWK 3220 Aging and Spirituality


A large proportion of Americans consult complementary and alternative treatments for health problems, particularly chronic conditions such as back problems, anxiety, depression and headaches. For example, more than half of Americans experiencing anxiety or depression report using alternative therapies to treat these conditions. Recent estimates indicate that over $20 billion per year are spent on holistic health treatments for illness. A sizable proportion of Americans do not inform healthcare providers about their use of such therapies. A majority of American medical schools report that they now offer some course work on holistic health, although many healthcare workers feel inadequately informed about the topic. The minor in Holistic Health provides useful background to those interested in pursuing careers in government, journalism, insurance, and any of the various forms of healthcare (e.g., medicine, nursing, social work, physical occupational and speech therapy).

For more information, contact the Holistic Health Program Coordinator, Mary Lou Galantino, MaryLou.Galantino@stockton.edu
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205
(609) 626-4408

To declare a minor, use this form



Elaine Bukowski (1987), Professor of Physical Therapy; D.P.T., Drexel University; M.S., University of Nebraska; B.S., St. Louis University; geriatric physical therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, extremity kinesiology, gross anatomy, complementary medicine.

Ronald Caplan (1994), Associate Professor of Public Health; Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Massachusetts; health economics, health policy.

Lisa E. Cox (1997), Associate Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, Research Chair, The Stockton Center on Successful Aging; Ph.D., M.S.W. Virginia Commonwealth University; B.A. Bridgewater College; clinical/health social work practice, HIV/AIDS clinical trial research, gerontology and spirituality.

Tara Crowell (2000), Associate Professor of Public Health; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma; M.A., B.A., West Virginia University; health communication, social marketing, quantitative research methods.

Emari DiGiorgio (2005), Associate Professor of Writing, GENS Faculty Advisor of the Writing Living Learning Community, FRST Writing Coordinator; MFA, New York University; B.A., The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; yoga and mindfulness practices.

Deborah M. Figart (1995), Professor of Education and Economics, Ph.D., The American University; economic and financial literacy, budgeting, labor-management relations, economics of gender and race/ethnicity, political economy and public policy, living standards.

Mary Lou Galantino (1991), Professor of Physical Therapy; Ph.D., Temple University; M.S.C.E., University of Pennsylvania; M.S., Texas Women’s University; B.S., University of Pittsburgh; neuromuscular physical therapy, chronic pain, HIV, systemic diseases, wellness coaching, complementary medicine, yoga and hypertension, osteoarthritis and acupuncture, meditation for healthcare professionals.

Laurie Greene (1989), Associate Professor of Anthropology; Ph.D., M.A., Tulane University; B.A., University of Pennsylvania; language and culture, anthropology of men and women, Latin America and Caribbean cultures, cultures in education, social activism yoga training and research.

Patrick Hossay (1999), Associate Professor of Sustainability; Ph.D., The New School for Social Research; M.A., San Francisco State University; B.S., San Jose State University; comparative politics, international relations, political science methodology, racism and nationalism.

Maritza Jauregui (2006), Associate Professor of Public Health; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University; environmental health, environmental justice, occupational health.

Dee McNeely-Greene (2004), Associate Vice President for Student Affairs; Ph.D., M.A., M.S., M.C., B.S., RN, University of Delaware; Applied human development, health and aging, geriatrics, nursing, counseling.

Thomas Nolan (1988), Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; DPT, Temple University; M.S., Temple University; B.S., New York University; B.A., Glassboro State College; orthopedic and sports physical therapy, spinal kinesiology, electrotherapy.

Joan Perks (2009), Assistant Professor of Nursing; MSN, Widener University; BSN, Thomas Jefferson University; Nutrition, Adult Health Emergency Nursing, Critical Care, Infusion Therapy, Leadership, Service Learning and Cultural Competency.

Bill Reynolds (2008), Assistant Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., MSS, Bryn Mawr College; M.Ed., Temple University; BA, Lafayette College; clinical and research ethics; choice, decision making and well-being.

Marcello Spinella (1999), Associate Professor of Psychology; Ph.D., City University of New York; M.A., Queens College, City University of New York; B.A., Fairleigh Dickinson University; neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, herbal medicines, executive functions, addiction, positive psychology.

Peter F. Straub (1994), Professor of Biology; Ph.D., M.S., University of Delaware; B.S., The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; plant physiology, plant gene regulation, gene regulation, beach and salt marsh plants.

Richard Miller (2008), Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies; Ed.D., Ed.S., Seton Hall University; M.A., B.S., Hebrew Union College.

Ann B. Walker (2008), Assistant Professor of Nursing; MSN, LaSalle University; B.S., Gwynedd-Mercy College; Community Health, Leadership, Nutrition and parent education.



Luanne Anton (2001), Health Educator; adjunct instructor (Peer Education); A.A.S., Camden County College; B.S., Thomas Edison University; M.S., Walden University; health education; peer education;meditation instructor; Reiki Master; certified clinical aromatherapist.

Patricia Donahue (2006), Coordinator of Career Services/Student Affairs; adjunct instructor, (Meditation: Theory & Practice); leader, weekly campus meditation sessions.


Gerald Martin (2009) Assistant Dean of Students; Ed.D.,University of North Carolina, Greensboro: weight management:fitness impacts mental and physical health; ACE Certified health coach; Dongli Zhi holistic martial arts fitness instructor.

Robert Ross ( 2006 ),
Assistant Director of Counseling & Health Sciences, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities; , MSW, LSW, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; adjunct instructor; (The Psychology of Well-Being).




Rosalind L. Herlands (1974), Professor Emerita of Biology; Ph.D., M.S., University of California at Irvine; B.A., Stanford University; developmental biology, cell biology, embryology, immunology, histology, turtle biology, bioethics, women’s studies.

William M. Miley (1972), Professor Emeritus of Psychology; Ph.D., M.A., Temple University; B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo; health psychology, mind/body interactions, abnormal psychology.