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.

School Overviews

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.

1. Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA

School Highlight: The university's naturopathic program helps to develop leaders in the growing field of natural medicine.

The School of Naturopathic Medicine offers a 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. N.D. dual-degree programs are offered in areas such as a M.S. in Acupuncture, M.S. in Midwifery and a Master of Public Health.

2. Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

School Highlight: The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University hosts a plethora of diverse research programs, which allow students the opportunity to acquire M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. offers a M.S. in Physiology degree for those who have completed pre-health science requirements. Also offered is a Special Master's Program in Physiology.

Top 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 Integrative Health Program majors garner a solid scientific background in biology, physiology and anatomy Denver, CO
St. Catherine University Offers a Holistic Health Studies program Saint Paul, MN
San Francisco State University The 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 activities Tucson, AZ
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities The 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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