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Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

The School of Naturopathic Medicine at Maryland University of Integrative Health cultivates a student-centered, holistic approach to naturopathic medical education and facilitates the transformative experiences that define the path to becoming a healer. MUIH’s program focuses on the clinical applications of the biomedical sciences, therapeutic modalities, and clinical sciences, in addition to development of effective communication and leadership skills. Health systems, medical technology, genomics, and bioinformatics will be explored as students learn to navigate emerging healthcare trends. Naturopathic philosophy, healing presence, determinants of health, social justice, health disparities, and health creation are emphasized throughout the program, and elements of contemplative education are incorporated into educational activities.

Students who graduate from MUIH’s School of Naturopathic Medicine will be:

  • Skilled in community medicine, population health, and determinants of health;
  • Adept at facilitating group visits and leading public programs for health and wellness;
  • Comfortable in integrative health practices and fluent in interprofessional communication;
  • Proficient in information and research literacy and the practice of evidence-informed medicine;
  • Prepared for a successful, sustainable career as a Naturopathic Doctor.

As a leader in integrative health education and practice for more than 40 years, MUIH is well positioned to deliver an exceptional and distinctive ND program. Naturopathic medicine students join a diverse, vibrant, and compassionate learning community steeped in the philosophy of nature as teacher and committed to the practice of whole person healing.

Program Highlights

  • On-campus, digitally-enhanced format featuring “flipped” coursework to maximize classroom time and student flexibility
  • Experiential learning activities throughout the biomedical and clinical sciences that reinforce and connect didactic learning to clinical correlates
  • Clinical experiences that begin in the first trimester and include private patient care, group medical appointments, integrative team-based care, and community medicine
  • Active exploration and ongoing support of the transformative experiences of practitioner development
  • Interprofessional education through classroom and clinic activities shared with other MUIH students
  • Student cohort model that creates opportunities for strong bonds with peers and faculty and results in a collaborative and supportive environment geared for success

Professional Opportunities

In many states, NDs practice as primary care providers with a full scope of practice, including the authority to prescribe pharmaceutical medications, administer parenteral therapies, and perform minor surgery. This scope is the goal for most states that license NDs and MUIH’s program will prepare students to practice at this level.  Many NDs choose to practice as specialists in women’s health or integrative oncology, for example, instead of as primary care providers.

The growth and evolution of naturopathic medicine has been accelerating in recent years, and today, naturopathic doctors can be found in private and integrative practices, primary care and specialty settings, hospitals, the natural products industry, laboratory testing and development, public health, corporate wellness, insurance, health policy, research institutes, think tanks, in academic institutions of all kinds, and as healthcare consultants and writers.

Accreditation

MUIH is regionally accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This is the most rigorous and comprehensive accreditation an institution of higher education can achieve. MUIH has also received endorsement to offer the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Read more

Naturopathic medicine programs cannot receive accreditation by the Council on Naturopathic Medicine Education (CNME) until there are students in all four years of the program. Following the established process, MUIH will apply for candidacy status with CNME at the launch of the program in the fall of 2018 and will continue to move through each phase of the accrediting process, as outlined by the CNME. Students who attend programs that have attained candidacy status may sit for board exams (NPLEX I and II) and apply for licensure in regulated jurisdictions. For information, contact: CNME, P.O. Box 178, Great Barrington, MA 01230; 413-528-8877.