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Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism

Maryland University of Integrative Health offers the only master’s degree in herbal therapeutics from a regionally-accredited university that offers students a comprehensive study of medicinal herbs and health and integrates modern scientific knowledge with traditional wisdom. Combining research with foundational theory, the program offers an in-depth education covering the principles of health and wellness; herb identification and harvesting; herbal pharmacy; herbal pharmacology and phytochemistry; integrative human physiology; Materia Medica; and herbal therapeutics.

The program has been designed to offer students a wider range of career options in line with current trends and future demands from consumers and industries. Herbal therapeutics are used to support and restore health and wellness around the world. As people increasingly seek natural healing as one of their healthcare choices, the need for knowledgeable professionals in this field continues to grow. Graduates are empowered with the critical thinking skills and health information literacy needed to be effective researchers, writers, educators and consultants. The research training prepares students to join the herbal industry by helping them acquire skills in production, formulation, GMP compliance, communication, clinical training and education.

You will enhance the scope of your skills by selecting one of the following areas of concentration:

Clinical Herbalism

Hybrid Program

Graduates of the Clinical Herbalism area of concentration will acquire the skills and knowledge to build a safe and effective clinical practice in herbalism. The curriculum educates students to apply a bio-psycho-social model of care to meet health and wellness goals. Students see clients as they build their practice in their home location through an articulation agreement with the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), where they work closely with an AHG mentor to learn to conduct a comprehensive assessment and work cooperatively with clients to develop goals and an individualized health plan. Additionally, students see clients through group facilitation models and a case study course. The main emphasis of the program is on developing real world, clinical competence. Topics such as ethics, business, and legal issues in clinical herbalism are explored in order to facilitate the transition from student to working professional.

Herbal Product Design

Online Program

Graduates of the Herbal Product Design area of concentration will acquire the skillset and knowledge necessary to become thought leaders in the field of natural products, with an understanding of product development both broad and deep that allows them to participate in multiple sectors of the herbal supplement field from production to manufacturing to research to final product development with existing companies and as entrepreneurs.

Career Opportunities

  • Herbalist in private practice or in integrative settings
  • Herbal researcher to conduct, interpret, and apply research
  • Information specialist for herbal industry trade groups
  • Quality control positions in the natural products industry
  • Compliance substantiation for federal regulatory agencies
  • Product formulation and development in food and herbal industries
  • Faculty at universities, state colleges, and community colleges
  • Developer of educational materials
  • Community health educator
  • Writer, editor, or publisher
     

Program Highlights

  • 42 or 52 credits depending on concentration, completed in as little as two years
  • A seamless integration  of modern scientific knowledge with traditional herbal wisdom
  • Combines foundational theory with practical skills
  • Covers principles of health and wellness
  • Includes herb identification and harvesting, herbal pharmacology and phytochemistry, materia medica, and herbal therapeutics
  • Taught by highly accomplished and dynamic international faculty from a number of herbal traditions
  • Emphasis on foundational knowledge, information literacy, and critical thinking skills necessary to advance the field