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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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Integrative Health & Lifestyle (IHeLp)

Encouraging healthier patients and communities by providing well-trained integrative health care teams.

The Integrative Health & Lifestyle program (IHeLp) is an innovative, interprofessional, 6-month, mostly online, certificate program.

IHeLp Expands Eligibility -- We've added NP's, PA's and others. Eligibility.

All IHeLp graduates are eligible for our Integrative Health Coaching certification.

Explore integrative health and lifestyle

Build a strong foundation in integrative health, emphasizing lifestyle changes. Knowledge-based exams confirm your understanding. Discussion, along with peer and faculty feedback, will improve your personal and professional life.

Sneak Peek
Free access to: Intro to Integrative Health...


Join an interprofessional community

Learn with and from a variety of dedicated health care professionals including:

  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Behavioral Health professionals
  • Nutritionists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Dental Hygienist and Dentists
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapists

See the full list of eligible professions.

We are developing integrative health care teams and encouraging collaboration amongst our IHeLp and Fellowship graduates.

Engaging online learning

Our evidence-based curriculum is split into chapter-like sections with linked citations including:

  • Video demonstrations and interviews
  • Interactive mini-quizzes and games
  • Off-the-shelf shopping/label reading activities
  • Faculty-moderated online discussions
  • Self-care assessments, assignments, and small group sharing
  • What our students say...

    "The IHeLp program offers another way of encouraging preventative measures towards a healthy lifestyle rather than the 'quick-fix' notion of today. Mainstream medicine currently finds itself forced to suppress symptoms rather than treat the causative factor and the IHeLp program realizes that really getting to know your patients and their individual needs, is the next step in the evolution of a 21st century approach to healing."
    ~Shelley Bailey, RN, New South Wales, Australia, IHeLp class of 2015 Summer

Study when and where you want

Most students maintain a full-time job. Plan to spend about 10 hours per week:

  • Learning new topics
  • Completing assignments
  • Interacting in online discussions

In addition to the online learning, spend 4 days in Tucson, Arizona, for hands on sessions. (Explore the retreat)

Students speak with Mindy Green, IHeLp faculty; students measuring during hands-on session; close-up of the Herbal Remedies session

A lifelong path

Earning your IHeLp certificate is just the beginning. Join a robust alumni group of like-minded professionals, and continue to learn through online courses, conferences, and eligibility to apply for the competitive Integrative Health Coaching program.

  • What our students say...

    "I have found the IHeLp program to be exhilarating! I have learned so much in such a short amount of time and it's all applicable. I am keeping lists of ideas on how to apply my new knowledge and skills upon completion of the program and as I review this list I am so inspired. This program is going to provide me with the tools I have wanted and the credibility of an excellent institution to create the path of my dreams. I don't want it to end!"
    ~Kristin Sheldon, RN, IHeLp class of 2014 Summer

Transform your approach

Expanding your integrative knowledge base and exploring core self-care application will transform the way you approach health.

  • What our students say...

    "This clinically relevant, evidence-based program helped to inspire and engage me in the quest for achieving optimal health and vitality both personally and professionally. The online dialogue with classmates and the multimedia approach provided variety in learning and the enthusiasm from everyone involved in this program was contagious! I have found that being part of the IHeLp class has been a very meaningful and life-enriching experience. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity!"
    ~Dianne Phillips, RN, CON, Durham Regional Cancer Center, Ontario Canada, IHeLp class of 2015 Summer

Apply to the Program

We are now accepting applications. Program starts August 1, 2016 and finishes February 12, 2017.

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