COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE: This program is enrolling for the fall 2021 trimester. MUIH is planning for this program to be delivered in its standard hybrid format for students entering the program in the fall 2021 trimester. The program will be delivered primarily online with some on campus courses; students will be required to come to campus for their in-person classes. MUIH’s Health and Safety Plan describes the University’s protocols for ensuring safety on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination for the COVID-19 virus is not required to enter or use MUIH’s facilities.
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 and offers unique opportunities through MUIH’s herbal dispensary and garden.
Individuals with a background or interest in horticulture and gardening, culinary arts and nutrition, public health and education, and the environment and sustainability, as well as people who are parents and caregivers, will find the program relevant and valuable.
Combining modern scientific knowledge with traditional wisdom, the coursework uses the cycles of nature to guide the integration of herbs into daily life. The program’s emphasis on practical skills ensures that students are familiar with the identification of local plants and possess the ability to make medicinal food and herbal preparations. The program empowers students with the knowledge and skills needed to support self-care through the safe and effective incorporation of herbs into daily life, using body care products, food preparations, and other herbal supplements. Class groups are personal and rely on the collective experience of a group to inform the learning experiences, guided by experienced faculty. For students that choose to take classes on campus, the program provides unique experiential learning opportunities through MUIH’s herbal dispensary and garden. On-campus projects will be available for students to engage in hands-on learning in medicinal plant harvesting, processing, formulary, medicine making, and quality control analysis.
The PBC Herbal Studies program can also serve as an entry point and advanced standing in MUIH’s M.S. Clinical Herbal Medicine degree and M.S. Herbal Product Design and Manufacture degree. The four courses of this PBC program are transferrable and make up the first four required courses of both of these master’s degrees.
Comparison of Herbal Medicine Approaches: To learn more about various herbal medicine approaches to health and wellness and how they align with MUIH’s programs click here.
Upon completion of this program students will be able to:
The program consists of 12 credits of the following required courses:
Course descriptions are available in the Academic Catalog.
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.
Consumer use of herbal medicine continues to grow. 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.
Increasingly, herbal supplement consumers are reaching out to professionals to help them understand what is safe and effective from the vast array of herbal supplements found in the market. Herbalists and other healthcare practitioners with herbal skills and knowledge will support 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.
This program is offered in the online and hybrid formats. Click here to view MUIH’s definition of online, hybrid, and on-campus course and program formats.
The hybrid format gives students the opportunity to elect to take HRB600 and/or HRB622 in the on-campus format instead of online; not all of these courses are offered in both formats or in every trimester.
For trimester start and end dates, see the Academic Calendar.
The schedule for students starting the program in the spring 2020 trimester is:
The schedule for students starting the program in the fall 2020 trimester is:
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Kathleen Warner, Ph.D.
Bevin Clare, M.S.
Program Director, Clinical Herbal Medicine
Michael Tims, Ph.D.
Program Director, Herbal Product Design and Manufacture
Rachel Voss, M.P.A.