Master of Science in Integrative and Functional Medicine
The Master of Science in Integrative and Functional Medicine within the School of Integrative and Functional Medicine is offered 100% online.
This program prepares individuals to assume roles as health and wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings.
The Master of Science in Integrative and Functional Medicine includes instruction in personal health, community health & welfare, nutrition, epidemiology, disease prevention, fitness & exercise, and health behaviors.
(Classification of Instructional Programs et. al. National Center for Education Statistics, 2019.)
| Concentrations |
Cannabinoid Medical Sciences
The Cannabinoid Medical Sciences concentration is designed to foster understanding and a rational perspective for science-based researchers, practitioners, educators, manufacturers, cultivators, and business operators. Students will be able to differentiate phytocannabinoid chemistry and pharmacology and interpret pharmacodynamics. Additional learning will provide an understanding of dosage and toxicology and how to interpret and apply global health law and public health governance to the cannabis medical community and industry.
The Lifestyle Medicine concentration provides students the opportunity to understand the root causes of disease. Using evidence-based therapies in lifestyle behaviors such as diet, exercise, sleep, social connectivity, and stress with a curriculum aligned with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
The Nutrition concentration is designed to promote better health through diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and preventing or managing specific diseases. Additional research and learning will explore the latest food and nutritional science trends to apply integrative nutrition therapies and practices into clinical nutrition.
The Sports Medicine concentration provides applied education and research. This expands health professionals as qualified specialists in athletic departments, gyms, health and wellness centers, colleges or schools, and recreation facilities. Students will be able to integrate the immediate and long-term effects of exercise on physiological systems. And will incorporate biomechanics, motor learning, and exercise physiology to include the recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries.
Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Memory Care
The Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Care concentration provides applied education and research for generalists, specialists and experienced practitioners to gain a deeper clinical insight into brain health, symptom management and memory care. Learners will be able to utilize integrative, functional and lifestyle medicine principles coupled with clinical diagnostic evaluation tools and tests for the care and management of cognitive impairments to include: dementia (including vascular and behavioral variants), progressive aphasia, and corticobasal degeneration.
Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics
The Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics concentration provides deeper understanding to the fields of nutrigenomics, nutrigenetics, biosciences and precision medicine. Learners will be able to gain insight into computational analysis and modeling of complex biological systems, pharmacognosy data and the ability to understand the connection between genomic information and metabolic consequences. This scientific blend of study will allow the scholar, clinical researcher and practitioner to steer health and medicine to the future and prepare for careers in biosciences, biomedicine, natural medicine research and the practice of precision medicine programming technologies.
Certified Health Coach
Graduates may apply for exam candidacy eligibility from the American Council on Exercise
The Health Coach Certification is accredited by
the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
Certified clincal nutritionist
Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Cannabinoid Medical Sciences Concentration graduates meet the core nutrition coursework requirements. Additional core science coursework may be required prior to the Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) Exam, if applicable.
Natural Nutrition- Clinical Practitioner
Graduates may apply for and use the NNCP designation.
Candidates may also apply for the Registered Nutritional Therapist title
open to members who have been practicing for 3 or more years.
Diplomate American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN)
Graduates of the Nutrition concentration who hold a doctoral degree are eligible to sit for the exam to earn this prestigious title. The DACBN is one of the three clinical nutrition credentials recognized by NCCA to practice clinical nutrition.
Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN)
Graduates of the Nutrition concentration are eligible to submit for candidacy for the DCBCN credential through the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition.
CERTIFIED SPORTS NUTRITIONIST
Sports Medicine concentration students are eligible to submit for exam candidacy to the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). Exam candidacy requires an active ISSN membership.
Duration: 2 Years (4 semesters)
Tuition: $515 per credit
Core Courses (24 credits required)
|NUT500||Integrative & Functional Nutrition I||3 Credits|
|NUT501||Integrative & Functional Nutrition II||3 Credits|
|LM500||Lifestyle Medicine||3 Credits|
|SCI601||Natural Medicine||3 Credits|
|SCI604||Herbal Medicine||3 Credits|
|NUT503||Diet, Genes & Nutrition||3 Credits|
|NUT512||Nutrition for Mental Health||3 Credits|
|LM507||Lifestyle Medicine Research Studies||2 Credits|
|NUT590||Medical and Professional Ethics||1 Credit|
Cannabinoid Medical Sciences Concentration (12 Credits required)
|SCI606||Analytical Chemistry of Cannabis||3 Credits|
|SCI607||Phytocannabinoid Pharmacology||3 Credits|
|SCI608||Cannabis Pathology, Diagnosis & Treatment||3 Credits|
|SCI609||Cannabinoid Science||3 Credits|
Lifestyle Medicine Concentration (12 Credits required)
|LM501||Physical Activity & Weight Management||2 Credits|
|LM502||Health & Wellness Coaching||2 Credits|
|LM503||Sleep Health & Wellness||2 Credits|
|LM504||Mindfulness & Emotional Wellness||2 Credits|
|LM505||Smoking & Tobacco Cessation Therapy||2 Credits|
|LM506||Alcohol & Addiction Therapy||2 Credits|
Nutrition Concentration (12 Credits required)
|NUT514||Eating Disorders||3 Credits|
|NUT502||Nutrition Assessment||3 Credits|
|GASTP501||Gastronomy Science||3 Credits|
|NUT510||Nutritional Psychology||3 Credits|
Sports Medicine Concentration (12 Credits required)
|LM501||Physical Activity & Weight Management||2 Credits|
|SCI700||Exercise Physiology||2 Credits|
|SCI701||Integrative Kinesiology||2 Credits|
|SCI702||Fitness and Wellness||2 Credits|
|SCI703||Sports and Exercise Nutrition||2 Credits|
|SCI704||Sports Medicine and Athletic Training||2 Credits|
Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Memory Care concentration (12 Credits required)
|GASTP502||Principles of Neurophysiology||3 Credits|
|SCI506||Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Memory Care Diagnostics I||3 Credits|
|SCI507||Behavioral Neuroscience||3 Credits|
|SCI508||Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Memory Care Diagnostics II||3 Credits|
Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics Concentration (12 Credits required)
|SCI500||Information Processing in Biological Systems||2 Credits|
|SCI501||Computational Assisted Medicine||2 Credits|
|SCI502||Genomics, Glycomics, and Matabolome||2 Credits|
|SCI504||Etiome, Exposome, and Pharmacogenomics||2 Credits|
|SCI505||Generative Materia Medica||2 Credits|
The MS in Integrative and Functional Medicine Program Application Requirements:
- 3 letters of reference
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- Official transcripts from all higher education institutions
- Personal statement letter
- Copies of TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable
- Application and $35.00 application fee (non-refundable) Click here to apply.
The MS in Integrative and Functional Medicine Program Admission Requirements:
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regional, national or international equivalency accredited agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in a related field.
- All Concentrations
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Sports Medicine Concentration
- Principles of Neurophysiology
- Cannabinoid Medical Sciences Concentration
- Cannabis Therapy
- Cannabis and CBD Product Formulations
- All Concentrations
- A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last degree earned.
- If the applicant’s first language or the language of instruction is not English, English proficiency examination scores are required.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum scores are 550 (pBT) or 213 (cBT) or 79 (iBT).
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score required is 6.5.
- The PTE Academic minimum score required is 53.
- Active/Current Medical and/or License/Certification recommended.
- Interview with a JPU representative
*Prerequisites are effective for students enrolling for the Spring 2021 semester or later. Students that are unable to demonstrate completion of the required prerequisites, may still gain acceptance into the program and complete any required prerequisites at John Patrick University.