Updated: August 20th, 2020

Laurel, Md. – Maryland University of Integrative Health has been approved to offer a post-baccalaureate certificate in Cannabis Science: Therapeutics, Product Design, and Quality Assurance. This program is one of only a few graduate programs in the U.S. to focus on cannabis and to support this rapidly growing industry. The program educates students about cannabis-based products with an emphasis on health effects, safety, formulation, and quality assurance. The program addresses CBD-dominant hemp-based dietary supplements and wellness products, as well as THC-dominant medical and recreational marijuana.

MUIH’s program uniquely approaches the cannabis field through the primary lenses of herbal medicine and health and wellness. It is designed for individuals who wish to promote evidence-informed, safe, and responsible use of legal high-quality cannabis-based products, especially those with a holistic approach and a focus on a health promotion model rather than a disease management model. The program is ideal for career starters and those seeking an initial career in the cannabis industry or looking to expand their job options within the field. The program is offered online and can be completed in one year.

“Given the public interest in both CBD-dominant hemp products and medical marijuana, there’s an increased need for a cannabis workforce and health care practitioners that understand issues of quality, safety, and appropriate use. This program is designed to meet that need,” says Dr. James Snow, MUIH’s Dean of Academic Affairs.

The program applies theory to practice in considering cannabis as an herb. MUIH has operated an herbal medicine dispensary since 2002. It has served as an educational setting for herbal medicine dispensary practices and quality assurance while providing herbal products to healthcare professionals, herbal medicine students, and the general public. The standards and practices from its herbal medicine dispensary, generalizable to working with a range of herbs for various health and wellness purposes in various settings, are leveraged to inform the theory and non-experiential aspects of the program and its courses.

“The goal of the program is to promote safe and evidence-informed use of legal high-quality cannabis-based products while integrating both scientific and tradition-based use of herbal medicine into the therapeutic practice and product development innovations happening in this new field,” says Program Director Dr. Michael Tims.

The program is grounded in MUIH’s holistic and natural approach to health and wellness, and its long-standing expertise in herbal medicine. MUIH has offered master’s and graduate certificate programs in herbal medicine since 2002.


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.