Master of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine

Overview


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Credits Per Trimester
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TOTAL CREDITS
36
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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 is enrolling for the Spring 2022 trimester. This program will be delivered in its standard online format for students entering the program in the Spring 2022 trimester; the program can be completed by taking only online classes, and there are no requirements to come to campus. 

Consumer use of herbal supplements continues to grow and graduates of the M.S. Clinical Herbalism program will be prepared to serve as clinicians with the knowledge and tools to provide whole person, relationship-centered healthcare. MUIH offers the only M.S. Clinical Herbal Medicine program from a regionally accredited university. Learn about the healing power of herbs from a leading academic institution for natural and integrative health in the nation. The program prepares students to apply the principles, practices, and concepts in herbal medicine to the development and implementation of clinical strategies and real-world solutions. Students integrate scientific evidence with tradition and practical herbal experiences for integration into the contemporary healthcare environment. MUIH’s program empowers students with the critical thinking skills, health information literacy and expertise in herbal medicine to become clinical herbalists and leaders in the integration of herbal medicine into modern healthcare. It provides students with practical experiences in an experiential learning program.

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

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Audience


The program is designed for clinicians and practitioners that wish to diversify and expand their modalities of care through the application of herbal medicine, and for individuals that wish to become a clinical herbalist as a stand-alone profession. Clinical herbalism combined with a second health and wellness discipline can enhance an individual’s career and professional development. Particular credentialed clinicians are ideally suited for this Master’s program including those who are a credentialed herbalist (e.g. AHG registered) without a graduate clinical herbal degree, Ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, pharmacist, nurse, nurse practitioner, health coach, physician’s assistant, medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, osteopathic doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist, midwife, physical therapist, yoga therapist, massage therapist, occupational therapist, fitness trainer, social worker, health educator, or veterinarian.

Program Description


This scientific and research-based program builds upon and combines with herbal medicine traditions. The program begins with extensive training in materia medica, herbal sciences, medicine making, and clinical theory and provides practical real-world experience in herbal medicine. Students complete an advanced residency in an herbal practice where they design, implement and synthesize learning in a clinical environment. Coursework allows students to deepen their competencies as practicing herbalists through the discussion of cases with peers and faculty. Students are also trained in group therapies in herbalism, writing therapeutic and case study reports, and embodying the core concept of becoming a healing presence. Class groups are personal and rely on the collective experience of a group to inform the learning experience, guided by experienced faculty coupled with the traditional wisdom and the contemporary evidence-based understanding on how to use herbal medicine. Students who are already clinical practitioners will work within their specialty while absorbing peer review from other clinical disciplines to deepen the incorporation of herbal therapeutics into their practice. The curriculum and learning are enhanced through a high-touch program that builds on the diverse experiences of students and their peers to cultivate a professional, engaging and rigorous environment.

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 transferrable 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 2021 Intake
Course Code Cost per Credit # of Credits Tuition Cost*
HRB $892 30 $26,2760
ISCI $916 3 $2,748
RSCH $916 3 $2,748
Total 36 $32,256

*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 $30/course
NUTR 681 – 689; On Campus Courses Only
Cooking Kit Fee $205
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 $160
HRB 620b $160
HRB 622 $145
HRB 635a $125
HRB 635b $200
HRB 636a $125
HRB 642 $220
HRB 705 $180
HRB 715 $100
Due to international customs requirements, we do not ship herb kits outside of the United States
Credit Card Adjustment Fee 2.75% of amount paid by credit card
Graduation Fee $75

Career Opportunities


88% 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 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 the field of health promotion. The health-improving and cost-saving impact that 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 (11%) for health educators for the period 2018-2028. View more about career opportunities.

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Upcoming Webinars


Take a look at what our Master of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine program offers and how MUIH is the choice for you!

Tue 19

Careers in Clinical Herbal Medicine Webinar

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Wed 20
Nov 04

Webinar | Herbal Medicine Programs

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Program Administration


​​Kathleen Warner, Ph.D.
Department Chair

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

Rachel Voss, M.P.A.
Department Manager

Matthew Mazick, M.S.
Academic Advisor

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