The Integrative Health Institute (IHI) at the University of Alberta is based on the concept of health in its broadest sense as defined by the World Health Organization: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." Integrative Health recognizes both the rigorous and systematic science of conventional medicine and the values and traditions of complementary therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, mindfulness, among many more.
More than 120 dedicated Scholars are primed to collaborate to change how we promote health and manage illness, and they bring proven records of success in tackling major issues affecting healthcare today. IHI Scholars have considerable depth and breadth of expertise in integrative, traditional, and indigenous health. They pursue excellence by creating and disseminating high quality, meaningful research, teaching and mentoring future scholars and clinicians. They facilitate collaborations between the academic, industry, and public institutions that are important stakeholders in serving the public's interest in health and wellness. IHI will serve as a hub for interdisciplinary research and education, promoting innovative ways to study, apply, and promote evidence-informed patient-centered health care. IHI is building bridges and creating partnerships that will multiply our contributions and lead the way in fostering creativity, innovation and synergy towards a healthy future that will benefit all patients and those who support them.
Optimal health and well-being by integrating conventional, complementary, and traditional approaches.
Research and education to advance health and inform choice.