Concentration Overview

Our students prepare for careers as Integrative Health research scholars. Integrative Health faculty use diverse methodologies across a range of clinically applied areas to examine health outcomes using an integrative approach to medicine and health. Integrative medicine and health “reaffirms the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic and lifestyle approaches, health care professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.” (Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, 2019).

Areas of Focus

Students in this concentration may focus on Integrative Health topics such as:

  • Traditional European Medicine (TEM)
  • Yoga
  • Nature therapy/forest bathing
  • Culinary Medicine
  • Mindfulness
  • Anxiety management strategies
  • Integrative pain management
  • Integrative psychology
  • Acupuncture
  • Integrative Oncology
  • Behavior change/health coaching
  • Integrative physical therapy/manual therapy


Students work with their research mentors and committee to design and complete 3 of the 4 required Ph.D. research rotations within an approved Integrative Health research setting and educational elective requirements. This provides students with an opportunity to work in depth on multiple projects relevant to current Integrative Health theories and methodologies. UVM Integrative Health is a member of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (ACIMH) and students are encouraged to take an active role in the Consortium’s Research Working Group.