UC Davis Integrative Medicine (UCDIM) focuses on education and research in lifestyle medicine for the prevention and/or treatment of chronic health conditions. More specifically, the program centers on plant-based nutrition as a key component of a comprehensive lifestyle approach to health promotion. Physical activity, stress management and smoking cessation are additional components of an integrative approach.

What is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine or Integrative health care is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to health promotion that combines complementary and conventional therapies.  Integrative Medicine takes into account the whole person (body, mind and spirit) and holds that proper lifestyle choices are key to the treatment and prevention of many chronic diseases. Some of the mind and body practices contained in an integrative approach include acupuncture, massage, meditation, movement therapies, relaxation techniques, yoga and nutrition.

Integrative Medicine at the University of California Davis

Here at the University our mission is to help prevent chronic disease by educating people about how to make positive changes in their lifestyle habits. We are committed to sharing information about a variety of topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress management and smoking cessation. However, our strongest focus is in the area of nutrition and plant-based diets which we believe is the number one way to successfully prevent, halt or reverse serious health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Rosane Oliviera, DVM, PhD

Director, UC Davis Integrative Medicine Program

Dr. Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD is Founding Director of Integrative Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis.

She has over 20 years of experience as a molecular geneticist and has done studies in fields ranging from molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, microorganism resistance to drugs and cancer initiation and progression. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was part of a long-term nutritional genomics experiment that explored how a high lipid content diet can increase the risk of metabolic diseases.

Dr. Oliveira received her DVM from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and both her M.Sc. and PhD in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the State University of São Paulo in Brazil.

Dr. Rosane Oliveira is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in the US since 2003.


  • Social Media Following of more than 20,000 followers
  • A Yearly 30 Day Challenge is conducted that averages 30,000 participants implementing a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) lifestyle
  • A lifestyle Blog that averages 60,000 subscribers countrywide that receive weekly tips and advice to maintain a WFPB Lifestyle
  • UC Davis Integrative Medicine Blog
  • Nurture Your Health Forum
  • 21 Food Day Challenge
  • UC Davis School of Medicine Courses
    Healthy Living (Fall 2015)
    Lifestyle Medicine (Fall 2016)
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