- 100% online, no campus visits required
- Complete your degree in as few as 30 months
- Accredited by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM)
- Note: 3 credit hours of Biochemistry and 3 credit hours of Anatomy or Anatomy / Physiology are required for admittance into this program
Distinct Paths of Study:
- Optional concentration in Nutrition offers eligibility to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam from the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.
- Available Physician Fellowship option allows licensed physicians to master clinical, business, research, and leadership skills and prepare to become board certified.
Master of Science in Health Sciences in Integrative Medicine
The George Washington University's (GW) Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) programs in Integrative Medicine (INTM) are the most progressive, scientifically rigorous and forward-thinking educational platforms for personalized medicine available. GW's INTM programs offer an interdisciplinary, competency-based, and innovative curriculum that prepares graduates to participate in the integrative medicine approach to care: patient-centered, evidence-based, personalized care that offers a holistic view of wellness.
Through a series of practical application courses, students develop patient care plans, conduct case analyses and evaluate practice standards to demonstrate competence in integrative medicine. Research coursework provides the skills needed to participate in evidence-based clinical practice and outcomes research.
INTM students also enjoy free membership in the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (ACIMH), including discounted registration for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH), free webinars, and research alerts.
The online MSHS in Integrative Medicine program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience, so practitioners can learn to use their new knowledge of biological systems and advanced analytical methods. Graduates will complete the program ready to apply the integrative medicine approach to evaluate the needs of patients and make informed decisions while building personalized patient care and wellness plans. Upon graduating, students will be equipped with the following skills:
- Generate whole-person, patient-centered care plans using the integrative medicine core competencies and evidence-based reports from advanced techniques and methods (genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) to inform personalized treatment plans.
- Evaluate business principles in the context of integrative medicine practice.
- Integrate nutrition and metabolism fundamentals into integrative medicine patient-care plans.
- Apply good clinical research practices to evidence-based integrative medicine patterns of care.
Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
Caregivers from any field can benefit from this program and learn to offer their patients holistic care. Any health and wellness professional, from nutritionists to physicians, can enhance their practice with the principles of integrative medicine.
Master of Science in Integrative Medicine + Fellowship
Available to licensed physicians**, the George Washington University's INTM + Fellowship option offers hands-on experience through a clinical practicum and mentoring opportunity. This interdisciplinary, longitudinal program comprises 1,200+ hours delivered through an online curriculum, supervised clinical training (two weeks, in-person), personal self-care projects and experiential modules. The MSHS in Integrative Medicine + Fellowship is accredited by the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) and the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM) and prepares graduates to become ABOIM certified.
Who Is the Ideal Student for the Fellowship?
This program option is available to licensed physicians. It offers a hands-on experience that benefits your day-to-day practice while improving the care provided to your patients. From internal medicine to pediatrics, any physician can enrich their care with an integrative medicine approach.
Master of Science in Integrative Medicine + Nutrition
The concentration in Nutrition utilizes the integrative medicine approach to health care with an emphasis on the role of diet and nutrition. Through integrated nutrition counseling, skill for which demand is rapidly increasing, graduates can help patients at any age improve their quality of life while empowering them to avoid or manage chronic diseases like type II diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
With an additional 1,000 extracurricular hours of supervised experience, graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam and be recognized by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.
Who Is the Ideal Student for the Nutrition Concentration?
Any health and wellness professional looking for a greater understanding of how diet and wellness intersect can benefit from this exploration of nutrition and integrative health, from nutritionists, personal trainers and health coaches to pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, and physicians.
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.
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.
** Eligible physicians only: Students holding a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. territories or Canada.
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.
Dr. Heyman has held several leadership positions in the field of Integrative Medicine. He was the national clinical working group co-chair of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine for 4 years, a collaboration of 57 North American universities involved in Integrative Medicine. He is the online editor for the Journal of Men's Health in the section of Integrative Medicine, and he also holds the position of Editor-In-Chief of the Internet Journal of Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine. His research interests include the Stress response and NeuroEndocrinology, Cardiometabolic Disease, Men's Health and clinical outcomes research methodologies.
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
If applying to Fellowship: Please attach a copy of your medical licensure and a copy of your board certification, if applicable.
Fellowship: Identify Clinical Practicum Site You will be asked to identify the appropriate option for completing your clinical practice as part of the online admissions application. If you live within 25 miles of the Washington DC Metro Area, you may either choose to go to one of our local affiliates or secure your own clinical site. If you are securing your own clinical site, you must submit a completed Clinical Site Verification Form and will be prompted to upload the completed form in the online application. Military applicants who are deployed overseas and cannot secure a clinical site at the time of admissions may submit the Clinical Site Verification form at a later time.
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.
Up to six credit hours of previously earned graduate-level coursework may be accepted as transfer credit. Please contact the program office for the full policy and guidelines. Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted only for admitted students.
Would you like to diminish the burden of non-communicable, chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and their related comorbidities? Could you see nutrition as the foundation of your integrative approach to health? In Nutrition I, you will learn the risk factors for malnutrition in macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates), micronutrients (fat versus water soluble vitamins), as well as those due to environmental exposures including medications. Together we will think critically about nutrition, nutrition research, and their application to health care. Through this, we hope you will develop a passion for nutrition and keeping up with emerging research. We will work to prepare you to be able to motivate others to care about nutrition (academically and as part of their lifestyle) and to spread the practice of preventative care with emphasis on nutrition and lifestyle.
Now that you have developed a foundation in the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) from Nutrition I, we will delve deeper into nutrition requirements by examining how they change across the lifespan. You will hone your critical thinking in nutrition, nutrition research, and application to health care at each unique stage in the lifecycle. Along the way, we will expand upon the Nutrient Summary Table you created with your Nutrition I class to aid you in counseling patients of all ages in your integrative nutrition practice
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.
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.
In this course, we will work to build skills for developing rigorous study designs and critiquing those in the literature to address questions surrounding integrative medicine. This will help you develop the ability to understand and pose evidence-based research questions and to identify appropriate designs and methods, preparing you to use the literature to provide a context for clinical questions. You will be able to serve as a translator of knowledge and disseminate information to individual patients/clients, professional and interprofessional groups, potential funders, and policymakers. This course kicks off with basic training: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training and your initial search for your literature review. You will identify gaps in the literature, propose research questions and methods to address those gaps, and propose research questions grounded in integrative medicine. You will organize your literature review and evaluate the five levels of evidence. All of this is done with focus on specific aspects of research design week by week. Each week will serve as practice and time for improvement. Discussion Boards will entail designing effective methods for translating knowledge to everyday practice and for communicating information to clients and peers. The feedback you get during these will be useful in completing each Assignment, which build on the Discussion Boards. Each Assignment also builds on the previous Assignment, so, despite this being a challenge, you will have ample time to iterate with and learn from the faculty along the way.
Required for Nutrition Specialization. In Advanced Nutrition, we will explore intermediary metabolism with a special emphasis on the interrelationship of nutrients, metabolic pathways, health, and disease. This builds on the foundation of Nutrition I and II, exploring more advanced and complex issues surrounding normal and abnormal metabolism of nutrients. Students will review dietary inputs from molecular, biochemical, and integrative perspectives.
Required for Nutrition Specialization. The grocery stores see about 20,000 novel food products every year. What are these products made of and how do they get made? In this course, we will survey food technology processes and how your food gets made. We will learn about the health benefits of foods beyond macronutrients and micronutrients -- namely of phytochemicals and explore the depths of our gut microbiome. Through this, you will build your fluency in trends in food processing, refine your communication as a practitioner, and hone your critical thinking skills in evaluating these new technologies.
Nutrition is an ever-evolving discipline with important considerations for health promotion. Research efforts regularly supplant existing recommendations and shed light on new aspects of human nutrition and metabolism with clear implications for dietary policy, nutrition education, and individualized patient care. In this survey course, we will investigate current topics in nutrition, based on the latest findings in the scientific literature, interest from the health care community, and public inquiry. Developing an appreciation of topics in the forefront among the minds of consumers, patients, media outlets, and fellow clinicians will help students ensure they stay abreast of the most recent topics relevant to their work with patient education and their own acumen with the nutrition care process.
Required for Nutrition Specialization. You are now well grounded in nutrition, but did you realize that many nutrients are crucial for the function and regulation of the immune system? We will explore the immunoregulatory and immune-related nutrients, focusing on micronutrients, which will also develop a basic understanding of the immune system. This will help you identify risk factors in your patients and develop a more complete Integrative Nutrition Care Plan.
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.
Integrative Medicine requires either INTM 6211 or 6213. This course provides students with practical and in-depth application of learned principles of integrative medicine for each of the 18 therapeutic domains required for competency in the current ABPS ABOIM board exam. The student is required to draw upon traditional healing systems and lifestyle approaches while demonstrating leadership skills, team building competencies and respectful collaboration with professionals from allopathic and complementary disciplines. Students will incorporate health promotion and disease prevention and advocate for healthy lifestyles and preventive medicine practices in patient care plans with emphasis on care plans that require synthesis and integration of conventional clinical care for specific diagnoses. Development of clinical reasoning through an evidence-based approach to the evaluation and management of problems commonly encountered in outpatient settings.
(Formally: Practical Application II for Non-clinicians) Integrative Medicine requires either INTM 6211 or 6213. This course provides a foundational understanding of complementary and integrative health (CIH). Terminology is defined and core concepts in CIH are explained. The course introduces commonly used CIH approaches and discusses them within the larger framework of determinants of health. Current U.S. healthcare reform efforts are outlined with an emphasis on emerging integrative care models. During the last part of the course, we will explore Integrative Medicine (INTM) in the context of a conventional medical system under increasing economic and social pressure, and evaluate the clinical effectiveness of some of the most popular INTM therapies and explore plausible mechanisms to explain their observed health effects. Finally, we will consider to what extent individuals and the public would benefit from a truly integrated model of health care, and observe how actual healers practice their professions
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