Master of Science in Herbal Product Design & Manufacture

Overview


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Enrollment
Part Time
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NUMBER OF CREDITS
37
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Duration
6 trimesters
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Semester of Entry
Fall
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FORMAT
Hybrid

While sales of herbal supplements has doubled over the past ten years, the expertise has not and the need for innovators who can create quality herbal products remains stronger than ever. To meet this need MUIH offers the only M.S. Herbal Product Design and Manufacture program in the U.S. Learn about the healing power of herbs from a leading academic institution for natural and integrative health in the nation. Graduates of this program will be prepared to provide the unique competency needed by herbal manufacturers. The program integrates traditional herbal knowledge with evidence-based scientific research. This combination is foundational to improved research and commercialization of herbal supplements. The program also provides students with practical experiences through internship placements and offers unique opportunities through MUIH’s herbal dispensary and garden.

This 37-credit hybrid program includes online courses and two required 4-day intensive in-person experiences on-campus; students may also choose to take some selected courses on campus.

Audience


This program is designed for individuals with a wide range of interests in the growing herbal supplement industry. Graduates of the program will be poised to contribute as change agents for quality, rigor, and efficacy in diverse areas of the herbal product field. The program is ideal for individuals interested in herbal product development, formulary, sustainable production, quality control, research, education, retail, marketing, and sales.

Program Description


Graduates of the M.S. Herbal Product Design and Manufacture will acquire the skills and knowledge in herbal medicine and scientific practice and research necessary to contribute to the growth of the herbal manufacturing field with an understanding of product development. They will be able to engage with existing companies or as entrepreneurs in multiple roles, providing quality assurance, research, product development and Federal regulatory guidance. Topics include botany, medicine making, botanical safety, research, quality assurance, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), analytical chemistry, phytochemistry, Structure/Function claims, and New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) claims. Students will have the opportunity for hands-on herbal identification and harvesting through field experiences, practical and applied learning through an internship experience, and for mentor guided, hands-on learning from a distance, with active involvement and feedback from both students and faculty. In addition, students will engage in scholarship, learning to think experimentally, to ask penetrating questions and to develop innovative solutions for the challenges faced by the herbal dietary supplement industry. Class groups are personal and rely on developing team skills necessary for working collaboratively in a fast-paced and creative field. The content of MUIH’s program is informed by the guidance of its Herbal Design Business Advisory Group, with representation from nationally recognized industry leaders, federal agencies, and trade associations in the herbal product field.

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

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.
  • Investigate and develop rationale extraction design of herbal products.
  • Establish and integrate knowledge of raw materials, formulation, Quality Assessment (QA) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) in developing herbal products.
  • Develop and apply analytical techniques to evaluate the quality and identify of botanical ingredients used in commercial products.

Curriculum


Required Courses

The program consists of 37 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)
  • HRB641 Safety of Botanical Medicine (3 cr)
  • HRB636 Botany Intensive: Exploring Sustainable Supply Chains (3 cr)
  • HRB642 Dispensary Practices and Quality Assessment of Herbal Medicine (3 cr)
  • HRB653 Extraction, Analytical Methods, and Formulation Strategies (3 cr)
  • HRB656 Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and Introduction to Analytical Methods (3 cr)
  • HRB690C Internship (1 cr)
  • HRB705 Materia Medica II (3 cr)
  • HRB781 Research in Botanical Pharmacognosy (3 cr)
  • HRB794 Case Studies in Herbal Product Design and Manufacture (3 cr)
  • ISCI522 Foundations in Organic Chemistry (3 cr)
  • MUIH550 Academic Research and Scholarship (3 cr)

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available in the Academic Catalog.

Career Opportunities


The herbal supplement industry continues to expand and provides graduates of MUIH’s M.S. Herbal Product Design and Manufacture program with career paths and opportunities. More than 40 million individuals in the U.S. used non-vitamin, non-mineral supplements in 2012, up from 38 million users in 2007. In 2017, total U.S. retail sales of herbal supplements surpassed $8 billion for the first time, reaching nearly $8.1 billion. In addition, U.S. consumer spending increased 8.5%, from 2016 – the strongest sales growth for herbal supplements in more than 15 years. Total U.S. retail sales have increased every year since 2004, and since that time consumer spending on herbal supplements has nearly doubled.

The herbal product sector supports the continued projected growth of healthcare occupations in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects healthcare occupations to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Individuals with graduate education in herbal product design and manufacturing are employed in the natural products and herbal supplements fields in settings such as industry, herbal dispensaries, pharmacies, government agencies, agriculture, and education ranging in size from large to small organizations. Such individuals are employed in a variety of roles including product development, substantiation of product claims, quality control, regulation, retailing, growing, processing, manufacturing, marketing of herbal products, design of educational materials, and research. The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) jobs site provides an ongoing and robust list of jobs nationally. View more about career opportunities.

Program Format & Schedule


Program Format

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

The M.S. Herbal Product Design and Manufacture program requires two 4-5 day on-campus intensive experiences. Students can choose to take the rest of their coursework completely online, or to take selected classes on campus.

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)
  • HRB641 Safety of Botanical Medicine (3 cr)
  • MUIH550 Academic Research and Scholarship (3 cr)

Trimester 2

  • HRB605 Materia Medica I (3 cr)
  • HRB622 Herbal Pharmacy: Evaluating and Manufacturing Quality Herbal (3 cr)

Trimester 3

  • HRB636 Botany Intensive: Exploring Sustainable Supply Chains (3 cr)
  • ISCI522 Foundations in Organic Chemistry (3 cr)

Trimester 4

  • HRB656 Phytochemistry, Pharmacology and Introduction to Analytical Methods (3 cr)
  • HRB705 Materia Medica II (3 cr)

Trimester 5

  • HRB642 Dispensary Practices and Quality Assessment of Herbal Medicine (3 cr)
  • HRB653 Extraction, Analytical Methods, and Formulation Strategies (3 cr)
  • HRB690C Internship (1 cr)

Trimester 6

  • HRB781 Research in Botanical Pharmacognosy (3 cr)
  • HRB794 Case Studies in Herbal Product Design and Manufacture (3 cr)

Program Administration


Kathleen Warner, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Michael Tims, Ph.D.
Program Director, Herbal Product Design and Manufacture

Rachel Voss, M.P.A.
Department Manager

Matthew Mazick
Academic Advisor

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