List of the Best Holistic Medicine Schools and Colleges

Some traditional medical school programs include holistic courses or complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) training for medical doctor (M.D.) students. Other schools offer full degrees in holistic or naturopathic medicine. Read on for more information about two of the top schools to offer such programs.

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The following two schools represent some of the best programs in holistic medicine in the country. While both offer master's degree programs related to the field of holistic medicine, Bastyr's programs tend to focus primarily on naturopathic medicine while the programs available through Georgetown University use natural and holistic practices in conjunction with traditional, Western medicine. Dual degree programs are offered by both universities, allowing students to learn acupuncture or physiology and biophysics, as well. Read on for more information about some of the top schools to offer graduate degree programs in holistic medicine.

Top Schools to Study Holistic Medicine

1. Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA

Bastyr University is located near Seattle, Washington, and dedicated to offering degree programs in holistic medicine. The School of Naturopathic Medicine offers four-year and five-year tracks for its Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) program. The N.D. program has similar curriculum and clinical training as an M.D. program and offers coursework in botanical medicine, spinal manipulation, and homeopathy.

Students in the N.D. program can pursue a dual degree with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Acupuncture or a M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Bastyr is accredited by the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.

2. Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Georgetown's medical school program was ranked 79th in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report. Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. offers a M.S. in Physiology degree for students who wish to work in CAM law or regulatory affairs, pursue CAM research, or use CAM methods in medical practice. Program coursework includes the study of herbal medicine and nutritional supplements, medical ethics, and mind-body medicine.

The Georgetown University School of Medicine also offers a five-year joint M.D./M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics with a specialization in complementary and alternative medicine. The program allows students who are part of a traditional M.D. degree to integrate principles of holistic medicine into their studies.

Good Holistic Medicine Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Everglades University The alternative medicine major is available through the on-campus and online Bachelor of Science degree program Boca Raton, FL
Metropolitan State College of Denver School offers an interdisciplinary B.S. in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Denver, CO
St. Catherine University Offers a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies degree and a graduate certificate in the field through evening and weekend study Saint Paul, MN
San Francisco State UniversityThe Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) offers courses as part of the holistic health studies curriculum San Francisco, CA
University of Arizona The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine was established in 1994, and carries out clinical, education, and research activitiesTucson, AZ
University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesThe school's Center for Spirituality & Healing offers a master's degree in integrative health and wellbeing coaching, as well as relevant graduate certificate and minor programs Minneapolis, MN
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