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MSHS in Integrative Medicine

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Integrative Medicine

Prepare to offer an integrative, evidence-based approach to care that helps your patients achieve true well-being. GW is proud to offer the only MSHS in Integrative Medicine available.

The scientifically rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum is accredited by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM). 

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Quick Facts


total credits

100% Online

30 months

average duration

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

The program is designed for professionals who want to focus on integrative health and well-being and personalized, lifestyle medicine as part of their practice. They understand the importance of integrative functional medicine, using research in their practice, and the benefits of having a strong relationship with their clients.

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

Health Care & Wellness Providers

  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dietitians/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

Build an Optimal Wellness Plan for Your Patients

In GW’s master’s in integrated medicine online program, you’ll discover how to use systems thinking to evaluate and treat your clients. You’ll consider a patient’s health history, lifestyle, and current experiences, and use new findings from multiple disciplines to develop treatment plans.

By graduation, you will merge conventional medicine with nutrition, lifestyle medicine, and appropriate, evidence-based therapies including referring patients for acupuncture, yoga therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, health coaching, and more. You will build multidisciplinary, scientifically-backed treatment plans with your clients.

Get Patients on Board With Their Plan

Oftentimes, the challenge of patients achieving true well-being is in maintaining a treatment plan. This is why we include coursework that focuses on how to build strong relationships with clients and how to get compensated for the extra time you take to do so.

You’ll discover how to help clients overcome their resistance to recommended lifestyle changes and to coach them in maintaining a treatment plan to achieve and enjoy life-long well-being.

Understand and Use Important Research

The program has a strong research focus that supports your creation of evidence-based, multidisciplinary plans, gives you the ability to write effective grant proposals, and can prepare you to move into a PhD program or a research-based career if you choose to do so. By the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to become a certified peer reviewer.

While enrolled, you’ll receive a free student membership in the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, which includes discounted registration for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, free webinars, and research alerts.


In as few as 30 months, graduate from this 100% online program accredited by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM). Plus, consider an optional concentration in Nutrition to prepare you to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam from the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ (BCNS℠)

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Accreditation and Rankings

  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • #62 Best National University*

* The U.S. News & World Report – 2023 Rankings

Program Outcomes

  • 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).
  • Evaluate business principles in the context of integrative medicine practice.
  • Incorporate nutrition and metabolism fundamentals into patient-care plans.
  • Apply clinical research practices to evidence-based integrative medicine patterns of care.

Choose the Program That’s Right for You

The online MSHS in Integrative Medicine is accredited by the ABOIM. Choose the track that best fits your academic and professional experiences and current goals.

Master of Science in Integrative Medicine

Take part in a scientifically-backed course of study that shows you how to create successful multidisciplinary treatment plans that help your patients achieve and maintain optional wellness.

Graduate Certificate in Integrative Medicine

Learn how you can apply INTM competencies, whole-person care, and principles of nutrition and metabolism to your practice in just 18 months. Credits can be transferred into the MSHS in Integrative Medicine online degree. Learn More.

Master of Science in Integrative Medicine + Nutrition Concentration

Study the integrative medicine approach to health care with an emphasis on the role of diet and nutrition, so you can empower patients to avoid or manage chronic diseases like type II diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. 

Graduates of the MSHS INTM with a focus in Nutrition who are Registered Dietitians (RD) are eligible to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam immediately after graduating and be recognized by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.

MSHS in Integrative Medicine + Fellowship

GW designed this academic track for licensed physicians seeking to elevate the level of care they provide. The Fellowship has a 2 week in-person component, which is tailored to fit the student by our Fellowship Director, Andrew Heyman.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • Completed application
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
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Tuition Details

The MSHS in Integrative Medicine program at GW consists of 36 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

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* Eligible physicians only: Students holding a valid and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada.