MS in Integrative Health Sciences
Office of the Chair
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 masters degree curriculum, including advanced nutrition, nutrition-based therapies, innovative mind-body medicine practices, and other scientifically promising modalities.
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 & Leadership – with a capstone course that delivers a 30-credit MS degree. A research course may be required as determined by the program director.
I have learned so much about the mind-body connection as well as the many different treatments to help patients. I have always been open to and interested in nontraditional treatment modalities, but these courses have expanded upon this interest significantly. I now have this desire to further explore integrative medicine and how I can better help myself and my patients. I am grateful to be able to continue on this road of self-improvement and hope to be able to make more of a difference for my patients.
The faculty primarily consists of the Department of Integrative Medicine & Nutritional Sciences at Sidney Kimmel Medical College physicians. They are national experts and leaders in the field of integrative medicine, and are 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.
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.