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A Holistic Approach to Healing

A shift toward Integrative and personalized medicine is occurring within health care today—one that is more predictive and preventive, and supported by health technology, changes in environmental policy, and advanced natural product development. Integrative Medicine (INTM) is defined by The American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®) and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (The Consortium) as the practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the practitioner-patient relationship. It focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health care professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.

Recognizing the need to prepare physicians and clinicians to adapt to this method of health care, the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) created unique opportunities for health care professionals to enhance their education with an online Graduate Certificate in INTM and Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in INTM.

Developed in collaboration with Metabolic Medical Institute, Inc. (MMI), these programs teach a perspective not often incorporated into standard medical curricula. Through the programs, students understand the importance of blending technologic advances in medicine with an individualized touch, and balancing treating disease with wellness care.

What’s In Our Name? Everything.

Bold. Innovative. Profound.

GW is a premier research institution focused on the nexus between wellness, lifestyle, medical education, research, technology, dietary product development, and personalized medicine. GW’s INTM Programs combine contemporary medical knowledge with non-standard therapeutic approaches that successfully reside within an evidence-based framework. GW’s INTM programs enable physicians to directly respond to the changing demands and innovations of the health care landscape.

The GW INTM curricula demonstrate key concepts and approaches as defined by the expertise of our public and private partnerships. Our collaborative partnership with MMI—a medical organization committed to promoting health, early detection of disease, and personalizing care through educating health professionals, researchers, and the public—provides an unprecedented opportunity for health care professionals to develop a framework to guide their patients to optimal health and healing.

What Will I Learn?

The GW INTM programs prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate and lead innovation in health care. Throughout the programs, practitioners will learn to utilize their new knowledge of biological systems and advanced analytical methods to evaluate the needs of their patients and make informed decisions regarding their wellness plan. Graduates of the following programs will be able to:

Graduate Certificate

  • Establish a practice in integrative medicine 
  • Apply the core competencies for clinical practice through the development of integrative medicine practice plans
  • Integrate fundamentals of nutrition and metabolism into an integrated care plan
  • Apply the principles of whole-person care to clinical practice

MSHS

In addition to the Graduate Certificate outcomes,

  • Develop a business plan for an integrative medicine practice
  • Exhibit practical and in-depth application of learned principles to patient cases and refine skills as integrative clinical practitioners
  • Develop clinical research skills and participate in the research of integrative medicine practice and outcomes

Fellowship

In addition to the MSHS and Graduate Certificate outcomes,

  • Demonstrate mastery of clinical, business, research and leadership skills in Integrative Medicine 
  • Exhibit professional competency in management of the Integrative medicine patient, by displaying sound clinical judgement and inter professional team building expertise
  • Demonstrate all of the required competencies necessary for eligible physicians to apply for the ABOIM® board exam

Online Education

GW’s INTM programs use an online learning format. The online courses use dynamic media for self-disciplined and self-directed students to pursue graduate studies while preparing for professional advancement. For more information about online education at GW, visit the Online Education FAQ page.