What Are the Best Holistic Medicine and Nutrition Schools?

Review the typical characteristics of a school with a strong program in holistic medicine and nutrition. Read about three top-ranked schools with programs related to these fields, and explore the undergraduate and graduate degree options each school offers. Schools offering Allied Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top School for Holistic Medicine and Nutrition?

Many schools offer holistic medicine and nutrition programs, but undergraduate degree programs specific to holistic medicine and nutrition are hard to find in traditional universities. You could look at highly-ranked health sciences research schools offering related programs in dietetics, nutrition, medicine or nursing. They may have special programs and institutes addressing holistic medicine and nutrition or connections to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Here are three possibilities.

What Are Three Top Schools for Holistic Medicine and Nutrition?

Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) in Portland

The Oregon Health and Science University's medical school was third for primary care and its nursing school tied for seventh in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 rankings (www.usnews.com). OHSU hosts the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders.

The Center for Women's Health Integrative Medicine Program, staffed by primary care, naturopathic, chiropractic and Oriental medicine practitioners, is an NIH-identified Center of Excellence in Women's Health. OSHU's Lane County Holistic Nursing Program offers degrees and a lecture series for RNs, bachelor's and master's degree nurse candidates, clinical specialists and managers. These are some of the OHSU degrees that could incorporate a holistic health and nutrition practitioner or research focus:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing
  • Master in Clinical Dietetics
  • M.S. in Clinical Nutrition
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

University of California in San Francisco

UCSF's medical school tied for fourth for primary care and fifth for research in the U.S. News & World Report analysis for 2011. Also according to U.S. News & World Report, UCSF's nursing program tied for fourth in 2011. UCSF's Integrative Medicine Network advocates research and education for alternative therapies.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine offers training based on nutrition and alternative therapies to medical, nursing and pharmacy students. Students in the school of medicine complete 25 hours of integrative medicine content. Through Osher's Caregivers Project, you might assist with the development of training materials for health professionals. Here are a few of many potentially related degrees offered by UCSF:

  • Master of Clinical Research
  • M.D.
  • M.S. in Nursing
  • Ph.D. in Nursing
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics

Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo

WMU was 181st among U.S. News & World Report's national universities in 2011. According to the university, WMU's Holistic Health Care Program within its College of Health and Human Services, established in 1982, was among the first such programs in the U.S.

As a biomedical science, health education, nursing or other WMU major, you could minor in holistic health. You'll be exposed to multiple therapies and approaches. A Holistic Health Care graduate certificate program provides advanced training in holistic and alternative medicine and nutrition and fitness. This 18-credit certificate requires a bachelor's degree or current enrollment in a graduate program at any university. You'll also complete a 180-hour field experience and submit a portfolio.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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