Updated: October 13th, 2020

Laurel, Md. – Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA). MUIH and APHA have entered an educational collaboration with the shared goal of promoting the use of holistic and natural approaches to promote well-being. This collaboration expands MUIH’s role in supporting the health and wellness of public health professionals throughout the U.S.

MUIH’s health promotion program faculty and students are collaborating with APHA’s Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practice (ICTHP) group to develop and deliver “well-inars” for APHA members. These “well-inars” are designed to promote the wellbeing of APHA members through mindfulness exercises designed to promote relaxation and relieve stress. They also provide MUIH health promotion students with the opportunity to apply the program development, delivery, and assessment skills and knowledge learned in their program.

Claudia Joy Wingo, chair of MUIH’s health promotion program and a member of the ICTHP group says “We’re pleased to be able to share our expertise in the field of complementary and integrative medicine with members of APHA as it is the foundation of MUIH’s educational purpose. By providing “a virtual walk in nature” using guided imagery, we endeavor to provide members with a relaxing respite for the stresses of daily life.”

Health promotion faculty member Katherine Smith says “We are combining two evidence-based integrative approaches, guided imagery and nature therapy, that can have significant positive health effects.  It’s an exciting opportunity to be able to offer these relaxation practices to APHA’s 30,000 members during a stressful global pandemic.”

MUIH has offered an online Master of Science in Health Promotion with a focus on integrative health practices since 2014, and in 2018 added a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Workplace Wellness. MUIH also offers masters and doctoral degrees and graduate certificates in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, Ayurveda, health and wellness coaching, herbal medicine, integrative health studies, narrative health, nutrition, and yoga therapy.


About Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) is a leading academic institution focused on the study and practice of integrative health and wellness and one of the few universities in the U.S. dedicated solely to such practices. Deeply rooted in a holistic philosophy, its model for integrative health and wellness is grounded in whole-person, relationship-centered, evidence-informed care.

Since 1974, MUIH has been a values-driven community educating practitioners and professionals to become future health and wellness leaders through transformative programs grounded in traditional wisdom and contemporary science.

MUIH has more than 20 progressive, graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, offered on-campus and online. In the on-campus Natural Care Center and community outreach settings, MUIH provides compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, which delivers more than 20,000 clinical treatments and consultations each year.

For more information visit www.muih.edu.


About American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community, and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. For more information visit www.apha.org.