Department of Health Professions
Benefits of Integrative Health Care
America currently has a disease care model rather than a healthcare model, in that we do little to promote health and focus on the treating of disease once it has manifested. Within the integrative health care paradigm, the individual is expected to take responsibility for their own health and to work towards optimal health so as to prevent disease. The Integrative Health Care Program at MSU Denver teaches practices that support the individual in their self care, critically examines integrative medicine, and educates the student in the biological and scientific background necessary to understand both alternative and Western medical practices.
- Integrative Health Care (IHC) is the new term being used to describe the use of both Western medicine and alternative therapies.
- IHC is the concept of using the best that Western medicine has to offer in conjunction with a wide variety of practices currently viewed as “alternative” in order to treat individuals holistically.
- IHC also encompasses positive lifestyle interventions such as stress management, nutrition, sleep, and movement to support optimum health.
- Holistic health is viewing humans as complex, interrelated organisms that are made up of mind, body, spirit and emotions.
What Can I Do With This Degree?
The Integrative Health care field is new in the United States, and the jobs within this field are just being developed. Our students have been finding jobs locally and regionally in the following settings:
- Community health programs
- Health education programs
- Retail industries focusing on healthcare products
- Hospital-based integrative clinics
- School districts
Students majoring in IHC receive an educational foundation that prepares them to enter a variety of healthcare fields. Any individual interested in becoming a healthcare practitioner will need to go on for further education within their clinical specialty, which could be any one of the following:
What Makes Integrative Health Care a Cutting-Edge Program?
Our program is soundly based in the human sciences required of all traditional healthcare fields with courses including chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology. The courses in the alternative medical fields are research-based and encourage the student to critically think. The faculty within the program are experts in the field of integrative medicine and are specifically chosen not only for their specialty knowledge, but also for their passionate desire to teach. Our graduates are prepared to be leaders in the world of health and wellness as medicine embraces integrative health care.