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Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

Enhance Your Practice With a Holistic Approach to Patient Care

GW’s Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine and Graduate Certificate in Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine can help you apply evidence-based approaches, whole-person care, and principles of nutrition and metabolism to your practice. Study 100% online and complete your program in 18 months.

Quick Facts


total credits

100% online

12-18 months

average duration

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

The Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine and Graduate Certificate in Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine are perfect for any health professional looking for a quick and straightforward way to incorporate intersectional approaches into their practice. In just 12-18 months, you’ll earn a credential that demonstrates your understanding of integrative health care and new methods for improving health outcomes in a range of settings.

All courses are delivered online in a flexible, asynchronous format, so you can earn a graduate certificate while keeping up with your personal and professional commitments.

Health Care & Wellness Providers

  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dieticians/Nutritionists
  • Health Coaches
  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical/Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians (from primary care to any specialty, MD to DO)
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychiatrists/Therapists/Counselors
  • Wellness/Fitness professionals

Choose the Certificate That’s Right for You

Our online Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Integrated Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine are designed to enhance your knowledge of holistic health. No matter which option you choose, you can transfer credits to our MSHS in Integrative Medicine programs.

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine

In this program, students learn to create personalized care plans that draw from a variety of disciplines and help patients achieve and maintain optimal well-being.

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine

This certificate combines core competencies of lifestyle medicine with foundational nutrition knowledge so students can incorporate dietary principles into effective patient care.


Both certificates consist of six courses. Depending on your chosen program, you will study topics like legal and medical ethics, foundations of integrative health, biochemistry, and nutritional immunology. This multi-disciplinary perspective prepares you to provide scientifically backed, integrated care.

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Accreditation and Rankings

  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • #66 Best National University*
  • #19 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs*

U.S. News & World Report‘s 2021 Best Colleges Rankings

Program Outcomes

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine or the Graduate Certificate in Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

The Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine and the Graduate Certificate in Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine both consist of 15 credit hours. Please find the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs here.

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.

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Meet the Program Director

Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS

Director, Integrative Medicine

Director Frame earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with Distinction in the Major from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. She is a double graduate of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md., where she earned a Master of Health Science in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in International Health: Human Nutrition. 

Frame brings nutrition and immunity together through clinical/translational research. She is especially interested in the role of vitamin D as an immune-modulatory hormone. Frame’s research interests include the potential role of the microbiome and nutrition in health, the consequences of malnutrition in obesity, research ethics, and social media.

Frame has used her wide-ranging experience in biomedical research (from wet bench to clinical research) to oversee research programs, including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Parkinson’s Disease Biomarkers Program (PDBP). She has extensive experience in the design of studies of all sizes and phases of research including secure, accurate data collection and data safety and management.

Along with strengthening and cultivating the footprint of evidence-based Integrative Medicine at GW, Frame is broadening the foundation used to prepare students for professional certifications, with an emphasis on expanding nutrition education.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore an online program at the George Washington University, our dedicated staff is here to support you. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 844-386-7323.

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