MS in Integrative Health Sciences

College

  • College of Health Professions

Institute of Emerging Health Professions

Degree Earned

Program Length
10 courses (30 credits);
2 years full-time
Part-time available

Program Type

  • Online

Prerequisites
Bachelors or Clinical Degree | See more

Leadership

Name: Mary Gozza-Cohen, PhD
Position: Director, Academic Programs, Department of Integrative Medicine & Nutritional Sciences
Organization: Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Telephone: 215-503-8506

Office of the Chair

Name: Andrew J. Vincent
Position: Executive Assistant to Daniel A. Monti, MD, MBA, The Ellen and Ron Caplan Professor and Chair Integrative Medicine & Nutritional Sciences
Telephone: 215 503-5591

Admissions

Telephone: 215-951-2800

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Integrative health is an emerging specialty that is of expanding interest. Jefferson is leading the nation in developing a clinical and academic model of integrative healthcare. Key components of the model are highlighted and emphasized in the master’s degree curriculum, including advanced nutrition, nutrition-based therapies, innovative mind-body medicine practices, and other scientifically promising modalities.

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Integrative Health Sciences degree offers health professionals an opportunity to gain a deep background in integrative health in order to meet the growing demand for wellness-oriented strategies to improve health outcomes and well-being. 

The program stacks three Advanced Practice Certificates – Mind-Body Medicine, Integrative Nutrition and Integrative Health Education – with a capstone course that delivers a 30-credit MS degree. A research course may be required as determined by the program director.

Program Highlights

The faculty primarily consist of the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Sidney Kimmel Medical College physicians. They are national experts and leaders in the field of integrative medicine, and are also practicing clinicians within the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health.

The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health is focused on expanding the research, education and clinical care profile of Jefferson’s integrative medicine program, and to set the international standard of excellence in evidence-based, patient-centric integrative care.

The program is offered as a partnership between the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and the Institute of Emerging Health Professions.

Curriculum

At Jefferson, Integrative Medicine is a new specialty, and integrative health includes the combined medical services and wellness therapies that are utilized in our practice to improve overall health status.

Faculty

Courses taught by faculty members who are recognized as experts and leaders in the field.

Brooke Worster, MD

Daniel Monti, MD
The Ellen and Ron Caplan Professor and Chair
Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences
CEO, Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Dr. Monti has published research in several areas of integrative medicine and brain health, including the role of natural molecules in improving health outcomes, cancer survivorship, neurophysiology, and mind-body medicine. He has dozens of scholarly publications and has been a peer-reviewer for numerous medical journals and study sections at the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.

Jack Henion, PhD

George Zabrecky, DC
Academic Director and Research Assistant Professor,
Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Dr. Zabrecky is a course director in the Integrative Nutrition Advanced Practice Certificate program and a key contributor to the Department’s Continuing Education programs. Dr. Zabrecky has created paradigm-changing research protocols that have led to landmark publications and educational programs. He is a highly sought after mentor and teacher, known for his incredible ability to translate complex scientific constructs into tangible concepts. He is a member of the American-Oxford Research Group and board member of the Foundation of Alternative and Integrative Medicine.

Madeleine Becker, MD, MA, FACLP
Graduate Medical Education, Integrative Mental Health Specialist

Dr. Becker is Director of the Women’s Integrative Mental Health Program, and the Integrative Medicine hospital consult service at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health - Jefferson Health, and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, where she is also Director of Graduate Medical Education and the Assistant Director for the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Becker is an internationally renowned psychiatrist with clinical expertise in women’s mental health, postpartum depression, mind-body medicine, and the interface of stress and medical illness outcomes. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She has dozens of scholarly publications, book chapters, and presentations at international medical forums.

Andrew Newberg, MD
Research Director, Integrative Medicine Specialist

Dr. Newberg is the Research Director at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health- Jefferson Health and Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Newberg is a top physician-scientist with specialized expertise in functional imaging of the brain and body. He has created one of the most unique and diverse research programs in the world, and he has mentored hundreds of students. Dr. Newberg is board certified in both internal medicine and nuclear medicine. He has published over 200 scholarly articles, several best-selling books, he has been featured in media throughout the world, named a Philadelphia “Top Doc” several times, and listed as one of the “30 Most Influential Neuroscientists Alive Today”. 

Sara Gottfried, MD
Precision Medicine and Executive Health

Dr. Gottfried is Director of the Precision Medicine Program at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health-Jefferson Health. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Gottfried has developed novel clinical programs that are highly personalized with a focus on scientific wellness and grounded in deep phenotyping of the gene/environment interface. She explores innovative ways of optimizing performance, energy, metabolism, hormones, muscle mass, bone density, sexual function, gut-brain issues, and healthy aging. She is the New York Times bestselling author of three books: The Hormone CureThe Hormone Reset Diet, and Younger. She is an expert in functional medicine and is one of the nation’s top physicians for evidence-based, bio-identical hormone therapy for women and men.

Anna Tobia, PhD
Mind-Body Therapies, Integrative Psychologist

Dr. Tobia is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health-Jefferson Health, and Instructor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Tobia is a health psychology expert and an Advanced Certified practitioner of the Neuro Emotional Technique (NET). She is the lead NET therapist in the Marcus Institute’s clinical trials on traumatic stress and chronic pain. Dr. Tobia uniquely combines mind-body therapies with advanced counseling techniques to help both children and adults with a wide range of emotional issues and stress-related problems to achieve a better quality of life and remove barriers to success. Dr. Tobia also developed the Marcus Institute’s JeffQuit program for smoking cessation.