Integrative Health and Medicine

University of Minnesota

If you aspire to incorporate integrative therapies into healthcare, the Integrative Health and Medicine specialization by the University of Minnesota will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively utilize complementary approaches in clinical practice. Over the five comprehensive courses, you will delve into integrative therapies such as herbal medicine, guided imagery, aromatherapy, and mindfulness, gaining expertise in assessing appropriateness, educating patients on benefits and risks, administering or advising on use, and evaluating the therapy's effectiveness.

By the conclusion of this specialization, you will possess a deep understanding of application methods, mechanisms of action, research evidence supporting specific therapies, and safety and quality considerations. This knowledge will prepare you to collaborate with patients in developing personalized integrative care plans that align with their needs and preferences. Notably, while the primary focus is on working with patients, the information is also immediately applicable to enhancing your own health and well-being.

  • Assess the current and potential role of integrative therapies in health and healthcare
  • Discuss the evidence base for the use of integrative therapies
  • Partner with patients to incorporate integrative therapies for specific symptom management or enhanced health and well-being

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Integrative Health and Medicine
Course Modules

This course covers five modules, including an introduction to integrative therapies, guided imagery, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and mindfulness. You will gain the skills to assess, educate, administer, and evaluate the use of these therapies in clinical practice.

Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices

Gain an understanding of the field of integrative health and learn to evaluate the research evidence and reliable sources. You will also explore the overall safety of these therapies and how to successfully introduce them into your work or other settings.

Guided Imagery

Explore the role of guided imagery in healthcare and learn to assess its appropriateness for clients or patients. Identify resources and create your own imagery intervention for specific patients or groups.

Herbal Medicine

Discuss the role of herbal medicines in healthcare and learn about botanical actions, methods for creating botanical preparations, and considerations for patient assessment. Educate patients on quality control and safety issues.

Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils

Delve into the current and potential role of aromatherapy in health and healthcare. Identify safety and ethical issues, assess and administer essential oils for symptom management, and discuss the logistics of establishing a clinical aromatherapy program.

Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare

Explore the benefits of mindfulness supported by research evidence and learn to identify contraindications. Discover programs and resources for patients and discuss the professional benefits of mindfulness, including stress reduction and enhanced focus.

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