The University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy’s Certificate in Integrative Health and Medicine (IHM) addresses the need for training healthcare professionals (pharmacists, physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs, dentists) in the safe and effective use of IHM. The program exposes students to the wide variety of products available, and evidence-based skills to evaluate and make recommendations. Offered through the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, the program focuses on pharmacognosy; medicinal drugs obtained from plants or other natural sources, and pharmacology. At the root of it all, graduates can apply knowledge of IHM modalities in a variety of settings, positively impacting patients.
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 healthcare 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 program will be delivered online, 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.