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History

We couldn’t imagine back then what is here now.

In ways that could not have been imagined a few decades ago, the field of complementary medicine now commands more attention by the consumer and the medical communities. Our current trillion dollar healthcare system is undergoing a profound change towards a consumer-driven model based upon choice, results, affordability, and service. Integrating conventional and complementary modalities, this emerging era in healthcare emphasizes integration, prevention, wellness, personal empowerment, and quality of life. Maryland University of Integrative Health continues to be on the leading edge of this movement by creating programs that prepare the practitioners, leaders, and advocates of the future, while providing clinical care and consultation to improve health and vitality of individuals and communities.

Looking back on more than 40 years of our history is both humbling and inspiring. Here are a few of our milestones:

2017

After an inclusive and thorough national search, the Board of Trustees appointed Steven Combs, Ph.D. President and CEO of Maryland University of Integrative Health. With more than 18 years of experience in higher education leadership and administration, Dr. Combs began his tenure on April 1, and immediately began working with the full MUIH community to set a bold vision for the University’s future. Read more about Dr. Combs’ appointment here.

2016

With the growth of our programs, student body, and staff and faculty, institutional infrastructure also grew. In May, the University expanded into its Maple Lawn Campus to accommodate its growing space needs. The 10,070 square foot space includes administrative and academic offices, as well as community and meeting spaces. Read more about the expansion here.

In June, the Board of Trustees announced the retirement of President and CEO Frank Vitale after nearly a decade of distinguished service to the University. Under Vitale’s leadership, MUIH achieved university status, launched its first doctoral programs, set enrollment records, and expanded clinical care. The Board appointed long-time Board member John A. Palmucci to act as Interim President and CEO while the search for a new executive took place. Read more here.

The University community mourned the passing of Robert “Bob” Duggan, co-founder and President Emeritus of Tai Sophia Institute, now Maryland University of Integrative Health, in October. Read more about Bob’s legacy here.

Travel our timeline below. 

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