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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:

2019

On March 13, 2019, Maryland University of Integrative Health’s (MUIH) board of trustees announced that Marc Levin was appointed as the University’s president and chief executive officer. He serves as the fourth president in the school’s history. Mr. Levin joined MUIH in March 2008 and served as a senior officer for every president in the history of MUIH. He earned his Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from MUIH under the teachings of the University’s founders and elders. He is a proud alum and continues to be a strong supporter of the University’s values and culture which are consistently shown through his leadership and actions. Read more about Marc Levin’s appointment here.

2018

On May 16, 2018 the new Career Services Center hosted its first Career Panel event for students and alumni. The panel included several alumni of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program who answered questions and offered attendees practical tips for breaking into the acupuncture field, specializations within the field, self-care, and growing as a healer and practitioner. They also provided business advice on various topics such as starting a practice, types of employment arrangements, and whether or not to accept insurance.

On June 3, 2018, the University celebrated its largest graduating class of 463 students. The class included 290 master’s degree students, 45 doctoral degree students, and 128 post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate students. This was the first year the University hosted Commencement at its current location, The Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric in Baltimore.

The University launched a new Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Ayurvedic Wellness Practices, focused on providing a solid foundation in modern Ayurvedic practices and incorporating a progressive scientific perspective while maintaining its roots in traditional practices.

MUIH was approved to participate in the Federal Work-Study program. Through this program, students with financial need are eligible for part-time, on-campus jobs in order to earn money to help pay for their education.

2017

On March 8, 2017, the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Steven Combs as the University’s president and chief executive officer. He served as the third president in the school’s history. Dr. Combs previously served as Executive Vice President and Provost of Drury University in Springfield, MO, and in leadership positions at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Hawaii Pacific University.

On June 5, 2017 the University celebrated its annual Commencement and conferred its first-ever doctoral degrees in the fields of acupuncture, Oriental medicine, and clinical nutrition.

The University launched a new Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Workplace Wellness, focused on providing the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate health and wellness programming in the employer setting.

The University mourned the passing of James A. “Jim” Duke, Ph.D. Jim was a much-loved and valued member of the MUIH community. He had served as a distinguished herbal lecturer with MUIH, and provided rare, enriching, and unforgettable learning experiences for students at his Green Farmacy Garden.

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.

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