Western Herbal Medicine
Maryland University of Integrative Health began as a community that recognized and respected the healing power of nature. Throughout recorded history, every culture on earth has used plants to thrive and to help build resilience. Our western herbal medicine programs continue to develop these concepts and to guide people how to use plants and the cycles of nature in rediscovering individual health and wellness.
The most recent data trends about the use of complementary medicine indicate that consumers will continue to increase their use of herbs. Experts who understand how to grow, sustain, harvest, produce, and prescribe these natural medicines are highly valued, both in industry and as clinical practitioners.
Academic Programs in Western Herbal Medicine
If you have a passion for herbal medicine and want to have the highest academic degree in this field, this is your program. Since 2002, Maryland University of Integrative Health has offered the nation’s only master’s degree in western herbalism. In 2012, the program was redesigned into a two-year curriculum responsive to current trends and future demands from consumers and industries. The program is designed to be available either completely online or with an option for three short residencies.
In this 8-month program, you will develop a strong foundation in Western herbs through the blending of current, evidence-based, scientific knowledge and traditional herbal wisdom. You will also gain practical skills to incorporate herbs into healing remedies and a healthy diet. The program is designed to be available completely online only. This program also can be applied as the first 12 credits of the Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism or applied toward the Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching.
If you are a healthcare professional, you understand that many of your patients and clients are using and/or requesting herbs on a regular basis for their health and wellness. This program is designed to help you understand the benefits and risks of herbal medicines, especially in relation to herb-drug interactions, and will enable you to engage in an informative dialogue with patients and colleagues. Can be applied toward the Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching.
This program will offer the graduates of our Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism program and other qualified applicants the skills to build a successful clinical practice. You will participate in coursework on client assessment, all areas of holistic care, and practice building. You also will complete a faculty-supervised clinical rotation in Maryland University of Integrative Health’s Natural Care Center.