ICOHS College was originally founded by Doug Peterson in 1984 as the Institute of Health Sciences.


Name Change

under the direction of Seymour Koblin and the Board of Directors, the name of the school changed to The School of Healing Arts to better reflect the community-oriented vision of holistic health. For over 30 years, the School of Healing Arts has played an important role in helping students receive training in the field of Eastern and Western approaches to massage, nutrition, herbs, exercise and other holistic health modalities.


International Vision

the Board of Directors, envisioned the School of Healing Arts expanding internationally. This vision ultimately led to the institution changing the name from the School of Healing Arts to International College of Holistic Studies, (ICOHS) located in the heart of downtown San Diego.



ICOHS continued to evolve, becoming ICOHS College in 2018. ICOHS College is proud to now offer new programs, including three Information Technology programs, and exciting new career paths to students wishing to change and improve their lives.

As a non-profit 501c3 school, ICOHS College works with the Board of Directors: Kieu L. Vo, Ronald M. Sahmel and Dr. Lucy Scantlebury. The School’s operations are governed by the Board of Directors.