NAT 500

Introduction to Integrative Health Sciences Online



This survey course will explore the field of integrative medicine, building familiarity with the variety of holistic health practices that fall under the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) umbrella along with their fundamental or core concepts, methodologies, and theoretical foundations. Students investigate the multifaceted meaning of the term “holistic” and consider how each CAM modality fits within the holistic health paradigm. 

Students will get familiar with the current research in the CAM field and gain a solid understanding of types of research study designs. They will learn to locate, assess, integrate and write the analysis in a format used by scientific research journals.


Learn more about integrative health for personal wellness

Discover new fields of complementary alternative medicine and identify areas you may want to study further

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the concept of holistic in the context of holistic health and wellness

  • Differentiate between the holistic health, integrative health care, and allopathic health care models

  • Describe the fundamental concepts, methodologies, and theoretical foundations of the CAM modalities studied

  • Critically assess basic and clinical scientific studies examining CAM modalities

  • Report the analysis of the CAM studies in a format used by scientific research journals

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Required Course Pack: 

  • Discover Wellness: Integrative Health Modalities Kit: 
    • 1 oz packets of the following herbs: German Chamomile Flowers Organic Matricaria recutita, Peppermint Organic Mentha piperita, Lavender Flowers Organic Lavandula angustifolia, Lemon Balm Organic Melissa officinalis
    • 5 ml bottles of the following essential oils: Sweet Orange Organic Citrus sinensis, Vetiver Organic Vetiveria zizanioides, Ylang Ylang Organic Cananga odorata, Lemon Organic Citrus limonum
    • 2 oz Cobalt Bottle w/Spray 
    • Bamboo tea strainer
    • Reed Diffuser Kit: Reed diffuser base oil 8oz, bamboo reeds, reed diffuser jar
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) – $115

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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