- 100% online, no visits to campus required
- The program requires 21 total credits and can be finished in 18 months
- Additionally, all credits can be transferred into the MSHS in Integrative Medicine program
Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine
The online Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine curriculum retains the key concepts and approaches defined in the MSHS in Integrative Medicine program. Through 21-credit hours of INTM foundational courses, students are equipped to embrace the changing demands and innovations of the health care landscape.
The Graduate Certificate in integrative medicine online program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience. You will gain the comprehensive skills needed to succeed in the field, so when you graduate, you will be able to:
- Apply INTM core competencies for clinical practice through the development of practice plans
- Integrate fundamentals of nutrition and metabolism into an INTM care plan
- Apply the principles of whole-person care to clinical practice
Who Is the Ideal Student for This Certificate?
This certificate is perfect for any health professional looking for a quick and straightforward way to incorporate intersectional health approaches into their practice. In just 1.5 years, you'll earn a credential that demonstrates your understanding of evidence-based, holistic care and new methods for improving health outcomes wherever you provide care.
Prepare for the Future of Health Care
Health care is shifting toward more personalized and lifestyle-focused medicine. This integrated approach delivers evidence-based, personalized care that addresses shifting consumer preferences toward holistic health, nutrition, and a wellness-focused lifestyle. Become a part of this exciting, changing industry and contact an Online Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323.
Andrew Heyman, MD MHSA is an internationally recognized expert in Integrative Medicine. He is currently the Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Science. Prior to joining GW, he spent 16 years at the University of Michigan, serving to build one of the largest and most successful academic-based Integrative Medicine programs in the United States.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Completed coursework: 3 credit hours of Biochemistry and 3 credit hours of Anatomy or Anatomy / Physiology. A Medical Degree or Graduate Degree in one of the core discipline areas is preferred.
Applicants must include a cohesive 400-600 word essay describing: 1) Your reasons for undertaking study at GW in your selected Program. 2) Your academic objectives, career goals and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form. 3) Explain how you plan to balance your day-to-day responsibilities with the responsibilities of being a graduate student with reading and writing assignments as well as other projects, typically with weekly deadlines for each course.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars.
2 Letters of Recommendation
Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL, 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246; PTE, overall score of 68; IELTS, overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0.
International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language; You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction; You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
INTM 6201 provides a framework for developing a patient-centric approach to evidence-based care. The course provides an overview of the historical, sociocultural, and professional evolution of INTM in the United States. Competing models of therapeutic approaches, the ascendancy of biomedical reductionism, and a re-envisioned medical system based upon a personalized, therapeutic paradigm are explored. The role and identity of the INTM provider and review of basic professional competencies including fundamental attitudes, knowledge, and skills are analyzed. The course will focus on four domains in detail with a focus on evidence-based, patient-centered practice: communication skills and behavior change, lifestyle medicine, personalized medicine, and traditional medical systems. The structure of the INTM Programs allows students to master didactic coursework, while simultaneously applying that content in the practical application of concepts and clinical reasoning to address health care needs. The INTM Programs are designed for students to complete all coursework and work with faculty in an online environment. Many faculty members are clinicians and professionals who practice in the INTM field and thus are available for direct telephone consultation by appointment only.
Burnout is more prevalent among health care professionals than among their education-matched peers in the general US population. They are more susceptible to depression and anxiety and are at increased risk of job dissatisfaction leading to potential adverse patient outcomes (Koinis et al. 2015). Evidence has shown that discussing and reflecting on wellness topics in small groups has positive effects including increased engagement and empowerment in the workplace as well as decreased emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and burnout (Arnold et al. 2018). Evidence based themes for wellness such as sleep, nutrition, financial health, support networks, and mindfulness have the potential to make a deep impact on health care provider wellness (ibid). In this Self-care Methods course, you will gain a better understanding of health care provider wellness and develop strategies to address the biological and psychological domains of personal and clinical care. You will engage in online discussions surrounding health care provider wellness and burnout, and have the opportunity to further develop awareness of their personal wellness and identify areas for improvement. Topics for wellness strategies will focus on sleep hygiene, nutrition, physical fitness, financial health, mindfulness, support networks, workplace wellness, and medical error coping.
We will evaluate diseases of the gastrointestinal, immune and nervous systems and analyze the interconnectedness of these body systems in the context of chronic disease states. Assessment of symptomatic, functional and disease markers and the development of integrative treatment plans will be emphasized. You will synthesize summary cases and submit to faculty and students for review.
You have completed the first course in this set of courses (INTM 6203) and will now extend and practice that knowledge. You will continue to evaluate diseases of the gastrointestinal, immune and nervous systems and analyze the interconnectedness of these body systems in the context of chronic disease states with emphasis on assessment of symptomatic, functional and disease markers and the development of integrative treatment plans.
The student will apply the disciplines of clinical genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics to clinical practice with special attention to  the scientific problems involved in the post-‘omics clinical research,  how to access and interpret the immense volumes of -omics data,  perform pattern recognition and simple analysis of this data, and  apply these research tools to personalized clinical care. Various topics include: genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, phenomics, bioinformatics, pattern recognition, metabolic network assessment, targeted vs. non-targeted analysis, laboratory methods and experimental design. Students will review the emerging disciplines of clinical genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics and the role of technology with Integrative Medicine. Expert faculty will help students understand the promise, complexity and challenges related to ‘omics, current application and future trends. Students will apply evidence-based ‘omics and technology towards prevention, predictive analysis and patient-centered care.
Students will evaluate the legal and ethical considerations in decision making related to patient care. ● Review the legal environment in which the Integrative Medicine physicians operate, how to assess risk and mitigate malpractice events ● Understand common ethical issues that arise in medical practice today ● Understand what is PHI, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA Security Rule, and the Patient Safety Rule ● Understand what is able to be disclosed, to whom, for what reason and what is needed for disclosure ● Review physician risk for referral to non-traditional providers ● Discuss agency relationships and duty to supervise ● Discuss ‘health freedom laws’ and state medical board regulatory powers ● Review the Federation of State Medical Boards model guidelines governing CAM therapies ● Review consumer rights to access versus states rights for regulation and licensure of medical practices ● Discuss the caveat of DSHEA as consumer right for dietary supplements ● Define non-FDA approved drug category ● Review access to CAM therapies in hospital setting ● Discuss special populations: children and infants ● Review third party reimbursement issues and mandated covered therapies ● Discuss financial risk with regard to departure from insurance guidelines ● Define advanced beneficiary notice and opting out for Medicare and Medicaid
Would you like to work in a healthcare environment where integrative person-centered care is the medical/ health care model utilized and collaborative teams come together to support the patient’s holistic health? Is this what you envision for yourself as we move into an era where health promotion and disease prevention are the foundational tenets from which we understand health care, healing and medicine? The first step in developing such an enterprise requires business competence and health care leadership skills. This course will focus on sound business strategies and practices that drive the development, management and implementation of practical programs and processes that support your patients, providers and your entire team. Starting with integrative health care principles you will create a business plan that incorporate learned business models, leadership approaches and team development methods. You will integrate professional and personal resiliency strategies to manage and grow your business through successes and setbacks. This course is aimed to position you and your enterprise for success.
INTM 6210 is the first of two Practical Application courses within the Integrative Medicine curriculum. This course is designed for students who have already taken INTM 6201 and INTM 6202. Content from those courses is applied to clinical cases and students are given the opportunity to formulate integrative care plans demonstrating competence with the relevant foundational material. The readings and assignments throughout this course are designed to take you directly into practical application of the concepts, tools, and guidelines. We recognize that there is wide variation of experience within the class. Follow the assignments carefully and the structure of the course will lead to significant learning and professional development.
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $1,205
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $3,615
What's it like to earn this degree online?
- Study on your schedule
- The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
- Personalized learning
- Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
- The prestige of a GW degree
- Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
- Connect to campus from anywhere
- GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
- A dedicated advisor from day one
- Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
- Round-the-clock tech support
- A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.