Meet the Growing Demand for Integrative Medicine
As more patients commit to overall health and wellness, they expect health care providers to focus on whole-person care. You can acquire the multidisciplinary skills needed to include evidence-based integrative medicine in your practice with the scientifically-backed master’s and certificate programs from the George Washington University (GW).
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*Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs.
Health care professionals are innovating practical, evidence-based ways to offer patient-centered care. With GW’s online integrative medicine programs, you can stand out in your field by including personalized, whole-person care in your practice.
Our online master’s and certificate programs are ideal for professionals in many health care specialties, including dietitians, health coaches, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and physician assistants. You’ll learn to make motivational interviewing, behavior change, lifestyle, and other integrative medicine techniques a practical part of treatment plans.
GW’s master’s in integrative medicine program offers a Nutrition concentration ideal for those who want to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam from the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠. A fellowship track is also available to licensed physicians wanting to sit for the ABOIM board certification exam.
Online Integrative Medicine Master’s and Certificate Programs
30 Months Duration
Do you want to help your patients achieve true wellness through an integrative, evidence-based approach to care? If so, begin GW’s online integrative medicine program, which attained accreditation from the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM). You can select an optional concentration in Nutrition to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam from the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ (BCNS℠).Read More
12 – 18 Months Duration
- Gain expertise in lifestyle medicine, integrative nutrition, and evidence-based care
- Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- Transfer your certificate’s credits to GW’s online MSHS in Integrative Medicine program
Learn to apply evidence-based, whole-person care with GW’s Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine or Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine. You can complete either of these fully online programs in as little as 12 months.
Both programs are ideal for acupuncturists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and other health professionals who want to add systems thinking and complementary therapies to their practice. Pursue one of these certificates in a flexible format that fosters success in your classes and career.Read More
What Can I Do With an Integrative Medicine Degree or Certificate?
Begin our online master’s or certificate programs to gain integrative medicine expertise that helps you stand out in your current field or advance into a new one. GW’s integrative medicine programs appeal to professionals across the health care and wellness fields, including:
- Health Coaches
- Nurses/Nurse Practitioners
- Physical/Occupational Therapists
- Physicians (from primary care to any specialty, MD to DO)
- Physician Assistants
- Wellness/Fitness professionals
16% Job growth across the health care sector from 2020 to 20303
95.3% Patients in a recent study who were interested in integrative medicine4
$82 billion Value of the global complementary and integrative medicine market in 20205
Fellows enrolled in the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine (INTM) will be assessed on their knowledge, skills, and attitudes on a weekly basis. Fellows are expected to demonstrate graduate level performance in the synthesis of concepts, analytical thinking, and application in a clinical setting. Faculty monitor student submissions continuously and provide detailed and ongoing feedback during every course. The work load is above average in this regard, as students move through the Fellowship Program. Grades are based upon weekly assignments and exams that are offered at the end of each course. A passing score of 83 percent or higher is required for graduation from the Fellowship Program.
Fellows will be required to submit no less than 70 History & Physical exams and treatment plans throughout the Fellowship Program. Each case will be evaluated by MD/DO faculty members and appropriate feedback will be provided to each case. All INTM faculty possess an appropriate scientific and/or clinical discipline relevant to the INTM curriculum. Faculty are fellowship trained in Integrative Medicine, or hold licensure in their respective specialty and are considered experts in their field.
Direct observation of fellows will be accomplished through the following venues:
- Standardized patient interviews during in-person meetings as part of clinical modules.
- Direct observation at one of the affiliated clinical sites.
- Review of video recordings of patient encounters with the fellow at the clinical site.
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- U.S. News & World Report. (2021). Best Colleges Rankings: George Washington University. Retrieved December 14, 2021, from https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/george-washington-university-1444.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2021 September 8). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Healthcare Occupations. Retrieved January 10, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm.
- Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. (2020 December 2). “Demand for Integrative Medicine Among Women with Breast and Gynecological Cancer.” Retrieved January 4, 2022, from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00404-020-05880-0.
- Grand View Research, Inc. (2021 February). “Complementary And Alternative Medicine Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Intervention.” Retrieved January 4, 2022, from https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/complementary-alternative-medicine-market.