School of Integrative and Functional Medicine
John Patrick University’s School of Integrative and Functional Medicine offers the following online graduate degree in Nutritional Health
This program prepares individuals to assume roles as health/wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings. The program has specializations in Nutrition, Lifestyle Medicine, Cannabinoid Medical Sciences, and Sports Medicine and includes instruction in personal health, community health and welfare, nutrition, epidemiology, disease prevention, fitness and exercise, and health behaviors.
John Patrick University’s School of Integrative and Functional Medicine offers the following online graduate certificates in Nutritional Health
Online | 20 Credits | 2 Semesters
This online program can be completed in two semesters and prepares individuals to assume roles as health/wellness professionals in private business and industry, community organizations, and health care settings. Includes instruction in personal health, community health and welfare, nutrition, epidemiology, disease prevention, fitness and exercise, and health behaviors.
Online | 20 Credits | 2 Semesters
This is a scientific program that focuses on the utilization of food for human growth and metabolism, in both normal and dysfunctional states, from the interdisciplinary perspective of the agricultural, human, biological, and biomedical sciences. Includes instruction in food science, biochemistry, physiology, dietetics, food and nutrition studies, biotechnology, biophysics, and the clinical sciences.
Online | 20 Credits | 2 Semesters
This program focuses on the scientific study of whole genome sequences and patterns of gene expression. Includes instruction in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, protein technologies, genomic sciences and techniques, bioinformatics, and scientific and research ethics.
Online | 20 Credits | 2 Semesters
This program focuses on the scientific study of carcinogens; the onset of malignancy in cells, tissues, blood, and organs; the genetics of cancer; the anatomy and physiology of cancer cells; and the study of cancer behaviors and treatments. Includes instruction in gene expression; oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes; viral genes and cancer proliferation; regulation of signal transduction; cancer proteins; hormonal and growth factors in cancer cells; tumor promotion, progression, and metastasis; carcinogen receptors and metabolism; carcinogen ecology; immunological targeting; and studies of genetic, chemical, radiologic and other treatment therapies.
Interested in Nutritional Health courses without completing a certificate or degree?
Courses within the School of Integrative and Functional Medicine are online and can be offered individually to continuing education students who do not wish to earn a certificate or degree.
Undergraduate Courses Available
Entry Requirements: High School Diploma with a GPA of 2.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
This course presents an overview of the medical use of cannabis and CBD. The history of cannabis
use, factors that contributed to its legal status, plant botany (including the various cannabinoids and
terpenes found in hemp and cannabis plants), cannabis pharmacology, contraindications, and drug
interactions will be explored. There will be an examination of the endocannabinoid system (including
receptors, endocannabinoids, and enzymes) and its impact on homeostasis. Discussions and research
will review the therapeutic use of cannabis and CBD for pain, anxiety, insomnia, gastrointestinal
issues, opioid addiction, seizure disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, concussion, autism, and other
conditions. Considerations for growing and cooking with cannabis and CBD will be presented. This
course includes 45 Instructional Clock Hours over a 15-week period. This course is a continuing
education course that is not vocational in nature and does not lead to initial employment. This course
serves as a prerequisite for Master of Science in Integrative and Functional Medicine with
specialization in Cannabinoid Medical Sciences and does not provide credit toward an existing
program offered at John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences.
Cannabis and CBD Product Formulations
This course presents dosing strategies of various cannabinoids, routes of administration, and timing for
effective use. Literature will present potential interactions with pharmaceuticals and how to maximize
safe use, and how to analyze and interpret certificates of analysis of various formulations. Expanded
research will showcase how to read a dispensary menu to guide patient care, culminating with
spectrums of industrial hemp extraction used in CBD formulations. This course includes 45
Instructional Clock Hours over a 15-week period. This course is a continuing education course that is
not vocational in nature and does not lead to initial employment. This course serves as a prerequisite
for Master of Science in Integrative and Functional Medicine with specialization in Cannabinoid
Medical Sciences and does not provide credit toward an existing program offered at John Patrick
University of Health and Applied Sciences.
Graduate Courses Available
Entry Requirements: Baccalaureate Degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
This course explores the relationship between lifestyle and environmental drivers along with the major modern chronic diseases and outlines the knowledge and skills required by health professionals to deal with lifestyle and environmental determinants of chronic disease, as well as the tools and procedures available. Topics will review evidence-based information to give the foundation for Lifestyle Medicine to be used in practice. Understand why Lifestyle Medicine is essential to individuals, society, and healthcare. And foster awareness of the history, economics, and competencies associated with Lifestyle Medicine.
Diet, Genes and Nutrition
This course reviews to understand the relationship between food and genetics. The course explores topics including epigenetics and nutrigenetics, the human genome and the ethical issues surrounding genetic healthcare.
Nutrition for Mental Health
This course will review strategies to a client’s dietary mental needs (from vitamin therapy, minerals and foods) through effective interviewing, assessing, and counseling along with the introduction of psychobiotics into mental wellness. It will also discuss encouraging clients to make and maintain dietary changes utilizing counseling theory and communication techniques.
This course provides concise guidance on using natural medicine to effectively manage and treat patients with the most common diseases. The clinical research component of the course will equip the practitioner with reliable, scientifically-based data that identifies and controls the underlying causes of diseases, along with the body’s own healing process considering each patient’s unique biochemistry. Research will be conducted to analyze the fundamental aspect and practice of natural medicine to include supplementary diagnostic procedures, diet analysis, food allergy testing, immune function assessment, fatty acid profiling and hair-mineral analysis. Therapeutic and pharmacology procedures will be addressed to review botanical medicine, nutritional therapy, homeopathy, pharmacognosy and commonly prescribed botanical medicines.
This course will present aspects of herbal medicine from fundamental concepts, traditional use and scientific research through to safety, effective dosage and clinical application. Completing this course the student will understand and interpret Herbal therapeutic systems, Herbal pharmacology, Principals of herbal treatment, Safety protocols, Contraindications, Side effects & herb-drug interactions, Herbal actions, and notate effects/usage, botany, constituents, pharmacodynamics, dosage & toxicology.
This course is designed to explore nutrition in cancer prevention and survivorship, standards for diagnosing malnutrition, and research. An integrative approach of current reviewed literature of vitamin, mineral, herbal and botanical supplements in cancer prevention and treatment will also be discussed based on Oncology Nutrition Practice set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Analytical Chemistry of Cannabis
This course will review the methods to support the manufacturing, labelling, and distribution of safe and consistent products with known chemical content and demonstrated performance characteristics. Material will review analytical chemistry within the context of the diverse issues surrounding medicinal and recreational cannabis in a manner designed to foster understanding and rational perspective for science-based researchers/practitioners. This will also include non-scientist stakeholders as well as scientists who are concerned with bringing a necessary degree of order to a field now characterized by confusion and contradiction. Topics of research will cover Biosynthesis and Pharmacology of Phytocannabinoids, Medical Cannabis Formulations, Analytical Methods in Formulation Development, Quality Control & Stability Assessment, and Research & Regulation.
The course presents the current state of the art on phytocannnabinoid chemistry and pharmacology and will be of much use to those wishing to understand the current landscape of the exciting and intriguing phytocannabinoid science. The focus is on natural product cannabinoids which have been demonstrated to act at specific receptor targets in the Central Nervous System (CNS.) Topics of research will include Molecular Pharmacology of Phytocannabinoids, Phytochemistry of Cannabis: Cannabis satvia L, and Molecular Targets of Phytocannabinoids.
Cannabis Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment
This course provides an overview of the biological and pharmacological components of the cannabis plant, outlines its neurological, social, and psychopathological effects, assists in the diagnosis and screening for use and dependency, and aids researchers in developing effective treatments for cannabis-related issues and disorders.
This course review specific receptors – protein molecules on the surface of cells – known as cannabinoid receptors. Discussions and research will review how cannabinoid receptors and their endogenous ligands, the endocannabinoids, are involved in a vast array of physiological functions, including helping to control brain activity, energy metabolism, heart function, the immune system and even reproduction. Topics of research will include Anandamide & Palmitoylethanolamide, and CBD on Cancer Cell Proliferation.