Master of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine

Overview


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Credits Per Trimester
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TOTAL CREDITS
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Duration
6 trimesters
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Trimester of Entry
Fall, Spring
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FORMAT
Online

COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE: This program will next enroll students for the Spring 2023 trimester. This program will be delivered in its standard online format for students entering the program in the Spring 2023 trimester; the program can be completed by taking only online classes, and there are no requirements to come to campus.

MUIH offers the only M.S. Clinical Herbal Medicine program from a nationally accredited university in the U.S. This program is designed for individuals who want to be clinical herbalists and practitioners from related fields who wish to diversify and expand their care modalities to include herbal medicine. The program is built on a foundation of respect for long-standing cultural uses of medicinal plants. It explores the scientific underpinning and current evidence base for the clinical application of herbs. Students synthesize their studies in an advanced residency where they learn to deliver whole-person, relationship-centered healthcare. Graduates are prepared to practice in solo and integrative clinics, serve as educators within the field, and work within the broader herbal industry.

This 36-credit program can be completed in the online format in 2 years (6 trimesters).

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Audience


The program is designed for clinicians and practitioners who wish to diversify and expand their care modalities to include herbal medicine. It also serves individuals who want to become a clinical herbalist as a stand-alone profession. 

Clinicians and other health professionals suited for this master’s program include:    

  • Credentialed herbalists (e.g., AHG registered) without a graduate clinical herbal degree
  • Nutritionists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physicians assistants
  • Medical doctors
  • Osteopathic doctors
  • Chiropractors
  • Ayurvedic practitioners
  • Acupuncturists
  • Midwives
  • Physical therapists
  • Yoga therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Fitness trainers
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Health coaches
  • Health educators
  • Veterinarians

Program Description


This 2-year, 36-credit program empowers students with critical thinking skills, health information literacy, and expertise in herbal medicine to become leaders in integrating herbal medicine into modern healthcare.

This scientific and research-based program builds upon awareness and appreciation of herbal medicine traditions. The program begins with extensive education in materia medica, herbal sciences, medicine making, and clinical theory. Students are also trained in group therapies in herbalism, writing case study reports, and embodying the core concept of becoming a healing presence. Students synthesize their learning in an advanced residency in herbal practice, where they design and implement clinical strategies. 

Experienced faculty with a contemporary evidence-informed understanding of how to use herbal medicines guide the courses. Class groups are interactive and rely on the group’s collective experience to inform the learning experience. Coursework provides practical, real-world experience in herbal medicine. It allows students to deepen their competencies as clinical herbalists by discussing cases with peers and faculty. Students who are already clinical practitioners can work within their specialty.

While not a prerequisite, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Herbal Studies can serve as an entry point and advanced standing in the M.S. Clinical Herbal Medicine degree. The four courses of this certificate program are transferable and make up the first four required courses of this master’s degree.

Admission Requirements


Trimester of Entry: Fall, Spring
Application Priority Deadline: Application deadline by Trimester
General Requirements:
Program Specific Requirements: Complete Essay Questions in application:

  • Why have you chosen to apply to this program at MUIH?
  • How does the program relate to your future personal and professional goals?

Curriculum


Required Courses

The program consists of 36 credits of the following required courses:

  • HRB600 Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine (3 cr)
  • HRB605 Materia Medica I (3 cr)
  • HRB622 Herbal Pharmacy: Evaluating and Manufacturing Quality Herbal (3 cr)
  • HRB624 Applied Herbalism in Clinical Practice (3 cr)
  • HRB641 Safety of Botanical Medicine (3 cr)
  • HRB705 Materia Medica II (3 cr)
  • HRB731 Clinical Experience I (3 cr)
  • HRB732 Clinical Experience II (3 cr)
  • HRB738 Clinical Theory in Practice (3 cr)
  • HRB759 Applied Therapeutics (3 cr)
  • ISCI547A Physiology I: Healthy Function (3 cr)
  • RSCH601 Research Literacy in Integrative Health (3 cr)
  • MUIH550 Academic Research and Scholarship (0 cr)

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available in the Academic Catalog.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Summarize and synthesize traditional knowledge, pharmacological, and clinical data to make an informed decision about the application of herbal formulas.
  • Evaluate and analyze traditional knowledge to bridge the information gap of evidence-based data to make rational decisions in developing safe and effective herbal products and formulas.
  • Determine safety concerns of herb-herb and herb-drug interactions for herbal product users.
  • Design a comprehensive wellness plan incorporating herbal, dietary, and lifestyle recommendations integrating self-awareness and lessons of nature.
  • Assess clients and develop the tools to evaluate and adjust individualized plans and goals in response to the changing needs of the client.
  • Determine the legal parameters of herbal practice within their field and the strategies to navigate them.

Program Format & Schedule


Program Format

This program is offered in the online format. Click here to view MUIH’s definition of online, hybrid, and on-campus course and program formats.

Program Schedule

For trimester start and end dates, see the Academic Calendar.

The schedule of courses is shown below:

Trimester 1

  • HRB600 Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine (3 cr)
  • HRB622 Herbal Pharmacy: Evaluating and Manufacturing Quality Herbal (3 cr)
  • MUIH550 Academic Research and Scholarship (0 cr)

Trimester 2

  • HRB605 Materia Medica I (3 cr)
  • HRB641 Safety of Botanical Medicine (3 cr)

Trimester 3

  • HRB738 Clinical Theory in Practice (3 cr)
  • ISCI547A Physiology I: Healthy Function (3 cr)

Trimester 4

  • HRB705 Materia Medica II (3 cr)
  • RSCH601 Research Literacy in Integrative Health (3 cr)

Trimester 5

  • HRB731 Clinical Experience I (3 cr)
  • HRB759 Applied Therapeutics (3 cr)

Trimester 6

  • HRB624 Applied Herbalism in Clinical Practice (3 cr)
  • HRB732 Clinical Experience II (3 cr)

Tuition & Fees


Fall 2022 Intake
Course Code Cost per Credit # of Credits Tuition Cost*
HRB $928 30 $27,840
ISCI $953 3 $2,859
RSCH $953 3 $2,859
Total 36 $33,558

*Prices subject to change. Tuition costs are for illustrative purposes only.

Timeline

Average Credits per Trimester Typical Completion Time
6 6 Trimesters

Additional Fees

Fees Cost
Application Fee $50
Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit $150
University Fee (per trimester) $275
All students, including students taking a voluntary break in enrollment. Click here to learn more about the fee.
Late Registration Fee
$75/course
After registration deadline and before start of the schedule adjustment period for current students$150/course
During the schedule adjustment period for current and new students who have confirmed before the late confirmed student registration period begins
Cooking Lab Fee NUTR 681 – $40/course
NUTR 682 – $40/course
NUTR 683 – $45/course
NUTR 684 – $45/course
NUTR 686 – $30/course
NUTR 687 – $40/course
NUTR 688 – $40/course
Cooking Kit Fee $225
M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health students (1st trimester) and other students taking cooking labs (NUTR 681 – 689)
Herb Kit Fee  Students enrolled in the following herbal medicine courses:
HRB 605 $160
HRB 614 $185
HRB 622 $150
HRB 642 $220
HRB 653 $85
HRB 705 $180
Due to international customs requirements, we do not ship herb kits outside of the United States
Facilities/Food fee:
HRB 636 $175
Credit Card Adjustment Fee 2.75% of amount paid by credit card
Graduation Fee $75
Spring 2023 Intake
Course Code Cost per Credit # of Credits Tuition Cost*
HRB $928 30 $27,840
ISCI $953 3 $2,859
RSCH $953 3 $2,859
Total 36 $33,558

*Prices subject to change. Tuition costs are for illustrative purposes only.

Timeline

Average Credits per Trimester Typical Completion Time
6 6 Trimesters

Additional Fees

Fees Cost
Application Fee $50
Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit $150
University Fee (per trimester) $275
All students, including students taking a voluntary break in enrollment. Click here to learn more about the fee.
Late Registration Fee
$75/course
After registration deadline and before start of the schedule adjustment period for current students$150/course
During the schedule adjustment period for current and new students who have confirmed before the late confirmed student registration period begins
Cooking Lab Fee NUTR 681 – $40/course
NUTR 682 – $40/course
NUTR 683 – $45/course
NUTR 684 – $45/course
NUTR 686 – $30/course
NUTR 687 – $40/course
NUTR 688 – $40/course
Cooking Kit Fee $225
M.S. in Nutrition and Integrative Health students (1st trimester) and other students taking cooking labs (NUTR 681 – 689)
Herb Kit Fee  Students enrolled in the following herbal medicine courses:
HRB 605 $160
HRB 614 $185
HRB 622 $150
HRB 642 $220
HRB 653 $85
HRB 705 $180
Due to international customs requirements, we do not ship herb kits outside of the United States
Facilities/Food fee:
HRB 636 $175
Credit Card Adjustment Fee 2.75% of amount paid by credit card
Graduation Fee $75

Licensure, Certification, & Credentialing


MUIH’s M.S. Clinical Herbal Medicine fulfills 100% of the educational requirements and 100 hours of the 400 required hours of the clinical experience hours of the American Herbalists Guild’s (AHG) Registered Herbalist (RH) credential. MUIH’s program also provides opportunities to pursue additional optional clinical experience hours by working with an external mentor on clinical cases. For additional information on the requirements to achieve the Registered Herbalist credential from AHG, visit https://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/becoming-ahg-rh-member.

Career Opportunities


Eighty-eight percent of recent graduates of MUIH’s herbal medicine master’s degree programs were employed or self-employed within one year of graduation. Graduates of MUIH’s herbal medicine programs frequently assume leadership roles in the herbal medicine industry and community as lead formulators, teachers, speakers, writers, executive directors, and business owners. Many are employed in a variety of settings including private practice; integrative group practices; herbal shops and dispensaries; wellness centers; community, non-profit, and outreach organizations; herbal and botanical gardens; herbal product research, development, and manufacturing companies; agricultural companies and agencies; colleges and universities. Many graduates chose to have a portfolio career in which they have multiple positions and employers within one or more profession, rather than one full-time job. A portfolio career provides such individuals with variety in their work life and the opportunity to develop a wide and varied professional network.

The increasing impact of the relative degrees of wellness and disease on public health, society, communities, organizations, and economies has led to a need for well-educated professionals in health promotion. The health-improving and cost-saving impact these professionals can have will be increasingly important in the changing world of public health, healthcare, and workplaces. The U.S. Department of Labor projects a much faster than average growth rate (12%) for health educators for the period 2021-2031. View more about career opportunities.

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Program Administration


James Snow D.C.N.
Department Chair

Bevin Clare, M.S.
Program Director, Clinical Herbal Medicine

Rachel Voss, M.P.A.
Department Manager

Devyn Cain, M.S
Academic Advisor

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