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.