What is public health?

Public health is the science and practice of improving health across the nation through monitoring trends in disease, conducting research, and implementing programs for disease and injury prevention. While clinical medicine tends to focus on diagnosis and treatment of disease in individuals, public heath focuses on prevention of disease at the population level.

What is conventional medicine?

Conventional medicine (also called allopathic medicine) is the accepted standard of care. It is the clinical medicine practiced by most MDs and allied health professionals. It makes up the largest part of our medical system and is an essential component of health care delivery.

What is complementary medicine?

Complementary medicine focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise and stress management.  In addition to treating illness, there is a focus on disease prevention. Complementary medicine encompasses practices that are not included in the scope of conventional medical practice. The word complementary implies that these therapies are being used along with conventional medicine to best care for patients.

There are many disciplines that fall in this category such as: nutrition, chiropractic medicine, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, herbalism, naturopathic medicine and mind-body medicine.

What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine is the combination of conventional and complementary medicine. There is a focus on treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit. It can be practiced by conventional medical practitioners such as MDs, DOs or RNs who have sought out additional training in complementary medicine. It can also be practiced by naturopathic physicians who are trained as primary care providers with a focus on complementary methods. Or it can be practiced by groups of different types of providers working together to maximize benefits to their patients.