Updated: October 6th, 2020

Laurel, Md. – Maryland University of Integrative Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Christina Sax, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs has received the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) Mid-Atlantic Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Service. This recognition is given to an individual for extraordinary contributions to the mission of serving adult non-traditional students, outstanding service to UPCEA, and significant accomplishments in the field.

Dr. Sax has over twenty-five years of experience as a higher education faculty member and administrator, all of which has been focused on serving adult non-traditional students through online and non-traditional learning experiences. She is a nationally recognized expert in online education and was among those who pioneered the field in the late 1990s. She was one of the founding co-directors of the nationally known Quality Matters project and has received several awards for her work in the field. Dr. Sax has served as a UPCEA officer and Board member and has held numerous additional leadership positions within UPCEA’s Mid-Atlantic region and at the national level. Dr. Sax holds a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and a B.S. in Microbiology.

“It’s been my privilege to focus on serving adult non-traditional students through online education throughout my career. The dedication, persistence, and resilience of these students is inspiring and calls all of us to up our game in their service. It’s also been an honor to serve UPCEA and its members and I continue to be grateful for this generous community of colleagues,” said Chris Sax.

“Chris’s tireless devotion and commitment to the UCPEA and MUIH communities is a strong reflection of who she is. Chris is deserving of such a prestigious honor not only for her accomplishments in the field, but also for her positive attitude and commitment to a student-first approach,” said Marc Levin, President, and CEO of Maryland University of Integrative Health.

More than 85% of Americans enrolled in postsecondary institutions are non-traditional learners[1] and more than 6.9 million (35%) students are enrolled in distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions[2]. MUIH has offered online courses and programs since 2013 and more than 94% of its students are enrolled in at least one online course.

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.


[1] Fast Facts on Adult Learners, National Adult Learner Coalition (https://upcea.edu/news/national-adult-learner-coalition/)

[2] Fast Facts, Distance Learning, National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=80)