Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine

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Choose an Accredited Graduate Certificate for Whole-Person Care

100% Online Coursework

Top Medical Research School

Evidence-Based Approaches

Program Benefits

  • A multidisciplinary approach to patient-centered care
  • Fast track knowledge to apply in your current role
  • Military-friendly, Yellow Ribbon school
  • Enter with a 3.0 GPA

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12-18 months



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Accreditation and Rankings

  • GWU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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Apply Patient-Centered Care to Improve Well-being

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine

Formulate integrative, whole-person care plans through an evidence-based, patient-centered approach with the George Washington University’s Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine (INTM).

To complete the INTM Graduate Certificate, you’ll study therapeutic methods to help you reinvent patient care, shifting it toward a personalized, therapeutic paradigm to support health and wellness. Gain insights into the integrative medicine approach through online coursework as you learn from seasoned clinicians who practice in the field.

Study the prevention and management of chronic diseases, self-care strategies to avoid burnout and support your patients, and advanced metabolic networks that will help you evaluate even complex patients.

Emerge ready to incorporate an integrative, evidence-informed approach into your current or future role as a clinician or health professional.

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine

Apply foundational nutrition knowledge through innovative lifestyle medicine to improve the well-being of your patients with the George Washington University’s Graduate Certificate in Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine (IN&LM).

The IN&LM program is compiled of the same coursework, built on the key integrative medicine concepts, as the INTM MSHS Programs. With instruction from industry experts, you’ll advance your professional capabilities with expertise in nutrition assessment, diagnosis, and intervention; nutritional biochemistry and immunology; and more.

You’ll learn to work with patients on behavioral changes including appropriate, personalized lifestyle interventions to make positive impacts in their lives while diminishing non-communicable, chronic diseases including metabolic syndrome.

Emerge ready to incorporate INTM into your current or future role in nutrition, lifestyle medicine, and more.


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 and new methods for improving health outcomes in a range of settings.

Our students come from varied backgrounds and complement each other in learning, as they share their professional experiences, viewpoints, and strengths in discussions in and outside of courses. Their backgrounds may include:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dietitians/Nutritionists
  • Health Coaches
  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical/Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians (any specialty,)
  • Physician Assistants/Associates
  • Psychiatrists/Therapists/Counselors
  • Wellness/Fitness Professionals


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Choose the Certificate That’s Right for You

Our online Graduate Certificates in Integrative Medicine and Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine are designed to enhance your knowledge of whole-person health. 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. 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 evidence-informed, personalized, whole-person 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 integrative nutrition knowledge, so students can incorporate dietary principles into effective patient care.



Both certificates consist of 15 credit hours (6-7 courses). Depending on your chosen program, you will study topics like motivational interviewing, research-consumer skills, nutritional biochemistry and immunology, legal and medical ethics, and more. This multi-disciplinary perspective prepares you to provide evidence-informed, integrative, patient-centered care.



Program Outcomes

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine

  • Generate individualized, whole-person, patient-centered care plans using the Integrative Medicine core competencies and evidence-based reports from advanced techniques and methods.
  • Integrate nutrition and metabolism foundational knowledge into Integrative Medicine patient-care plans.
  • Apply critical use of literature to evidence based Integrative Medicine practice of care.

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine

  • Generate individualized, whole-person, patient-centered care plans using the Lifestyle Medicine core competencies.
  • Incorporate nutrition and metabolism fundamentals into patient-care plans.
  • Analyze the literature for evidence-based Lifestyle Medicine practice. 



Admission Requirements

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

  • Completed application
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Resume/CV
  • A written personal statement: Applicants must include a 250–500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation


Tuition Details

The Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine and 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.



Meet the Program Director

Leigh Frame


GW’s experienced faculty provide you with the rich, practical knowledge and support needed for you to succeed in the program and in your career.

Leigh A. Frame, PhD, MHS

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Dr. Leigh Frame brings nutrition and immunity together through clinical, translational research. Her T-shaped expertise in health, wellness, science, and medicine was developed through her wide-ranging experience in biomedical research (from wet bench to clinical research) and overseeing research and education programs. While working at the Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Frame earned her PhD in Human Nutrition from the Hopkins School of Public Health and received a Master of Health Science in Immunology from the same school. Dr. Frame earned Distinction in Biochemistry from Mary Baldwin College (now University). Learn more about Dr. Frame on the Frame-Corr Lab website.

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