Accreditation and Approvals
Accrediting bodies in the U.S. are private, non-governmental agencies that review higher education institutions and programs to ensure educational quality and promote continuous improvement. Maryland University of Integrative Health has earned both institutional and programmatic accreditations. Accreditation is an important consideration for students, faculty, patients, clients, and partners because it assures an institutional culture of quality, integrity, excellence, and continuous improvement.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
MUIH is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) , an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation . Regional accreditation of institutions is widely seen as the highest level of accreditation. MSCHE reviews and accredits the entire institution, not individual academic programs. For more information, contact: MSCHE, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104; phone: 267-284-5000.
Specialized Programmatic Accreditation
Programmatic accreditation oversees specific academic programs in the fields that fall under their auspices.
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
MUIH’s Master of Acupuncture, Master of Oriental Medicine and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) . Institution/program accreditation history, notes, and dates of review may be viewed at: http://acaom.org/directorymenu/directory.
ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068; www.acaom.org
MUIH’s professional doctoral programs Doctor of Acupuncture (DAc) and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM), approved to begin enrolling students, are not yet accredited or pre-accredited by ACAOM. Graduates of these programs are not considered to have graduated from an ACAOM-accredited or pre-accredited program and may not rely on ACAOM accreditation or pre-accreditation for professional licensure or other purposes.
The professional doctoral programs are eligible for ACAOM accreditation, and MUIH is currently in the process of seeking ACAOM pre-accreditation/accreditation for the program. However, MUIH can provide no assurance that pre-accreditation or accreditation will be granted by ACAOM.
Accreditation Council on Nutrition Professional Education (ACNPE)
MUIH’s M.S. Nutrition and Integrative Health program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Nutrition Professional Education (ACNPE), a programmatic accrediting agency for master’s degree programs in clinical nutrition. For more information, contact: ACNPE, 20 West 20th Street, Suite 204, New York, NY 10011; phone: 646-455-1149.
International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
MUIH’s M.S. Yoga Therapy program is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, which supports education in yoga and serves as a worldwide professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists. For more information, contact: IAYT, PO Box 251563, Little Rock, AR 72225; phone: 928-541-0004.
International Coaching Federation (ICF)
MUIH’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching and M.A. Health and Wellness Coaching programs are accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as Approved Coaching Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) programs. ICF sets standards for coaching education and serves as a worldwide credentialing organization for coaching professionals. The program format students select (online, hybrid, or face-to-face) determines the ICF credentials for which they will be eligible; additional details are provided in the descriptions of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching and M.A. Health and Wellness Coaching programs. For more information, contact: ICF, 2365 Harrodsburg Rd, Suite A325 Lexington, KY 40504; phone: 888-423-3131.
National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC)
MUIH’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching and M.A. Health and Wellness Coaching programs are “Pending Approval for Health & Wellness Coaching Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).” NBHWC provides educational standards and competencies for health and wellness coaching and serves as a national certification body for health and wellness coaches. MUIH has successfully met all requirements for permanent approval, and will receive this permanent status in August, 2020. Additional details are provided in the descriptions of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching and M.A. in Health and Wellness Coaching programs. For more information, contact: NBHWC, PO Box 16307, San Diego, CA 92176; phone 866-535-7929.
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
MUIH is authorized to operate in the state of Maryland by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), which is Maryland’s higher education coordinating agency. All of MUIH’s credit-bearing degree and certificate programs are approved by MHEC. For more information, contact: MHEC, 6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; phone: 410-767-3300.