Integrative health and medicine (IHM) combines conventional western medicine with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as herbal medicines, acupuncture, massage, yoga, and stress reduction techniques. Americans spend about $34 billion annually out-of-pocket on supplements, but most don’t report use to a health care provider. While prescription medications form the foundation of medical treatment, IHM products and treatments may offer specific benefits. The demand and use of CAMs is projected to rise and will be an important regimen in the treatment of human disease by conventional health professionals.
The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy’s Certificate in IHM addresses the need for training healthcare professionals in the use of IHM. The 9-credit transcripted certificate is taught online by faculty with active research and clinicians specializing in IHM.
The program will be delivered on-line, with courses offered during the fall and spring semesters. Students can complete the certificate in as little as two semesters. If additional flexibility is required, students will be allowed a maximum of 4 years to complete the program.
Tuition is $300 per semester credit hour, making the total program tuition cost $2,700.