Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) is actively monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus).
MUIH continues to monitor this evolving situation, as the health and safety of faculty, staff, and students remain of utmost importance. The University recognizes that students and employees outside of Maryland may experience different situations in their communities. The University is committed to working with those in affected areas to identify alternative arrangements if the situation arises.
MUIH continues to follow guidance from the Howard County Health Department, Maryland Department of Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in making its decisions. Additionally, MUIH is monitoring what is taking place at the public schools and area colleges and universities.
Information for Fall 2020
MUIH will offer classes for students enrolled in all its programs and is admitting new students for the Fall 2020 trimester.
No decisions have been made yet about offering face-to-face (F2F) classes in the Fall 2020 trimester. MUIH will make these decisions at the appropriate time based on directives from Maryland’s Governor and Secretary of Education, guidance from public health officials, the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, and the circumstances at the time. MUIH continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic response on an ongoing basis and is developing plans for multiple possible scenarios for offering fall classes. By developing parallel plans for course delivery, we are confident that we can adapt to all possibilities with minimal disruption to the student learning experience. Such plans will also include classroom configurations and practices that ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff when F2F classes resume.
Should it be necessary to transition F2F classes to the remote format, MUIH is well-prepared to do so. In response to the COVID pandemic, MUIH has transitioned its Spring and Summer F2F classes to the remote format. MUIH has received approval from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and the International Association for Yoga Therapy (IAYT) to offer its F2F classes remotely and online, and to develop virtual clinics to assist students in completing some of their degree requirements during the pandemic. MUIH has also received approval from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) to modify the number of synchronous hours required for students’ ICF certification. We recognize that some students prefer the F2F delivery format, and we are grateful that they can be flexible with the alternatives we are developing that keep students on track in their programs of study.
Important Operational Updates
The University continues to operate in order to serve students, support faculty, and conduct business on its standard schedule. The MUIH campus and offsite office suite are both currently closed and all MUIH employees are working remotely. All offices are available by phone and by email during normal operating hours.
On-Campus Clinical Classes
All on-campus clinic classes involving treatments in the Natural Care Center (NCC) are cancelled for the remainder of the trimester. Once the NCC reopens, academic programs will work with students enrolled in these classes to make arrangements for completing the clinic requirements needed to progress in their program in a timely manner and to complete their degree. The date the NCC will reopen is not yet known due to the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 emergency; arrangements for completing clinic requirements of the courses above will be communicated at that time. (Note: It may be possible to find alternate ways to meet course learning outcomes for some clinic courses. In such instances, department leadership will be working immediately with faculty to provide new assignments and to facilitate students completing courses on time).
On-Campus Non-Clinical Classes
All on-campus non-clinical classes have transitioned to remote online learning for the remainder of the trimester.
At this time, online courses are proceeding as originally scheduled.
Natural Care Center
The Natural Care Center (NCC) is currently closed to student interns, private practitioners, residents, and patients. Telehealth options are available for patients of our private practitioners and for yoga therapy patients of our student interns. The University is working to launch additional telehealth options for patients of our student interns in the coming weeks. For more information, email .
Western and Chinese Herbal Dispensaries
The Western and Chinese Herbal Dispensaries are currently closed until further notice due to precautions necessary as a result of COVID-19. Although the building remains closed, staff are available and are actively responding to emails.
MUIH is asking the entire community to support one another during this time of uncertainty. Faculty have been encouraged to support students who may need alternate means of accessing course content and completing assessments. MUIH urges faculty, staff, and students to practice preventive health measures. Most importantly, wash hands often with soap and water.
To keep the MUIH community informed, regular updates and important resources will be posted here. Any immediate changes to the University’s operating status will be shared immediately through MUIH Alerts, which delivers urgent notifications through text message. Please continue to check your MUIH email regularly.
Thank you for your support and for your efforts to keep safe and healthy.