Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • A message from your instructor- Dr. Kike Oduba

    • Before we begin...

    • E-book: Functional Medicine in Context

  • 2

    What is Functional Medicine?

    • Foundational Principles of Functional Medicine

    • Mapping The Root Causes of Disease

  • 3

    Who is a functional health practitioner?

    • Is Functional Medicine right for you?

    • How to become a Functional wellness practitioner

  • 4

    Next steps...

    • Getting certified

    • Before you go...

  • 5

    Resources

    • Wholesome Wellness Exercise

    • Infographics

Get Certified in Functional Medicine

Enroll in our live training courses

Become a better practitioner and transform lives!

  • Know how to manage complex cases and chronic disease conditions prevalent among African cultures

  • Expand your practice with clinical tools and handouts you can share with patients

  • Get access to a large pool of protocols designed based on the functional medicine model of practice

  • Learn how to apply optimal range benchmarks to interprete conventional lab test results in just minutes

Why WITS Functional Medicine?

The first of its kind, serving African Practitioners

  • Access to Specialty Courses

    Continue your learning with specialized courses and live training events with experts in various fields of medicine. Advanced trainings are also available through practicums and mentorship programs with our faculty.

  • Extensive Clinical Toolkit

    You will have access to over 50 clinical implementation tools that you can begin using right away in your practice. All toolkit materials are tailor made specifically to fit different cultures and diverse populations in African countries.

  • Learn from Industry Experts

    All our faculty members are world-class industry thought leaders who have trained extensively at the prestigious Institute for Functional Medicine. Our instructors also run their own successful private practices and have developed science based clinical protocols proven to produce better patient outcomes.

  • Join a Tribe of Change Makers

    Build strong collaborations and connections with your colleagues and experts in the field of functional medicine. We encourage peer mentorship and didactic interactions among our trained practitioners.

Bonus resources

Additional opportunities for growth and mastery in clinical practice to provide further value to your patients.

  • Practitioner Forum

    Ongoing community support, with opportunities for collaborations, mentorship, and continuing education available through our clinical deep dive practitioner forum.

  • Practitioner toolkit

    We provide everything you need to begin applying your knowledge using ready-made templates for questionnaires, forms and educational handouts for your patients.

  • Find a Practitioner

    Every practitioner who achieves WITS Certification in Functional Medicine status (WC-FMP) has the opportunity to be listed in the WITS functional medicine provider directory on our website. This directory is accessible around the world and allows you to be found more easily by potential clients, conventional clinicians, and organizations looking to work with a functional medicine physician.

FAQs

  • What’s the biggest difference between conventional and functional medicine?

    Functional medicine seeks to find the root causes of a disease rather than treating symptoms for temporary relief. Conventional physicians are trained to make a diagnosis and treat that diagnosis based on standard protocols for the disease without much consideration for the bio-individuality of the patient or the environment within which the disease exists. The same issue, if approached by someone trained in functional medicine, would likely instigate a conversation with the patient about what environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors may be contributing to their disease state. More so, numerous factors — poor diet, inactivity, hormonal imbalances, chronic inflammation — can have an impact on numerous parts of the body simultaneously.

  • Does taking a course in Functional medicine count towards a medical degree or credential?

    A functional medicine training is not a standalone degree. Think of it more as postgraduate education. Physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors, nurses, naturopaths, nutritionists, and others can attend functional medicine courses to build on their education and expertise to sharpen their clinical skills and most importantly improve their patient outcomes.

  • What types of certifications can I get?

    Upon completing any of our trainings, you’ll receive a certificate for completing the course. However, completing all three functional medicine practitioner training courses (FxMed 101, 102 and 103) will qualify you for certification by our medical advisory board as a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner C-FMP.

  • How do I become a Certified Functional Medicine practitioner?

    FxMed 101, a 3-month introductory course in functional medicine is the first step. Here, professionals learn the underlying philosophies, diagnostic systems, and protocols for identifying and treating the root causes of disease. Then practitioners can enroll for FxMed 102 which includes specialized courses on topics such as cardiology, immunology, gastroenterology, hormonal balance, detoxification, and energy regulation. Completion of FxMed 101, 102 and a 3-month clinical immersion practicum with a certified practice are the requirements for board certification.

  • How many hours per week should I expect for course work?

    We have ensured that the curriculum is broken down into short manageable pieces. Live classes typically take 90minutes, the video lessons are about 30 minutes or less, and we expect required readings and quizzes to take about 3 hours. Overall, we anticipate a total of 5 to 6 hours per week of course work.

  • Do I have to travel to attend courses in person?

    No, you will not have to travel for any of our courses. While some training programs require that you attend in-person trainings, our program is delivered virtually, so you can learn from the comfort of your home or office.

  • How long does each course take to complete?

    Each of our foundational courses will run over 3 months, but you have up to 2 years to complete all trainings in order to get certified. The board certification process can be achieved in as little as 9 months if all courses are completed back to back.