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Integrative Health and Medicine


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​Course Descriptions:

Introductory and Applied Integrative Health & Medicine I (1 semester credit hour):
This course is foundational, designed to develop a broad understanding of integrative medicine. It introduces core IHM domains, familiarizes students with the most common herbal products utilized by consumers, discusses regulatory issues and strategies for identifying good sources of products. Opportunities are provided to enhance problem-solving, literature searching, and communication skills.

Introductory and Applied Integrative Health & Medicine II (1 semester credit hour):
This course builds upon the foundation established from the Introductory and Applied Integrative Health & Medicine I, expanding students’ knowledge base in integrative medicine. It covers common domains, such as aromatherapy, homeopathy, chiropractic medicine and mindfulness medicine. Opportunities are provided for students to continue to develop their problem-solving, literature searching, and communication skills.

Evidence-based Medicine in Integrated Health & Medicine (1.5 semester credit hour):
This course provides an introduction and step-wise approach to evidence-based medicine. Knowledge gained from this course allows students to search for and understand published medical studies, commonly-used research designs and statistical tests, and their application to clinical practice. Students demonstrate this ability by creating focused clinical questions, completing literature searches to identify journal articles, critically appraising different types of journal articles, answering basic drug information questions, and preparing and presenting structured appraisals of articles.

Applied Evidence-based Medicine in Integrated Health & Medicine (1.5 semester credit hour):
This course provides students’ knowledge and skills to search for and evaluate published IHM-related information, including clinical trials, in which students are expected to interpret, identify, and evaluate commonly-used research designs and statistical tests, and apply this to clinical IHM practice.

Pharmacology of Integrative Medicines (2 semester credit hour):
This course will describe the science of botanical products used to treat human disease, including traditional plant and animal based medicines (primarily from China and India), herbal medicines, essential oils, homeopathic remedies, and dietary supplements. In addition, it will examine active compound structures and their naturally occurring derivatives, including structure-activity relationships, known molecular targets, and modes of action.

Integrative Health in Common Clinical Diseases (2 semester credit hour):
This course will focus on clinical applications of integrative health and medicine in core diseases, including Cardiology, Metabolic syndrome, GI conditions, CNS disorders, Pain, Oncology, and Men’s and Women’s health. Students will be able to describe the strengths and limitations of IHM therapies (used alone or in combination with other therapies) in each core disease. In addition, they will be knowledgeable to address patient questions about the use of IHM therapies in the treatment of their core disease.

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