The market for herbal supplements has grown into a $60 billion industry. Companies and organizations today are seeking herbalists who are capable of understanding evidence-based research as well as traditional knowledge. Maryland University of Integrative Health has responded to this shifting focus with the Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism.
MUIH offers the only master’s degree in herbal therapeutics from an accredited university that offers students a comprehensive study of medicinal herbs and health and integrates modern scientific knowledge with traditional wisdom. Combining research with foundational theory, the program offers an in-depth pre-clinical education covering the principles of health and wellness; herb identification and harvesting; herbal pharmacy; herbal pharmacology and phytochemistry; integrative human physiology; materia medica; and herbal therapeutics.
The program has been designed to offer students a wider range of career options in line with current trends and future demands from consumers and industries. Herbal therapeutics are used to support and restore health and wellness around the world. As people increasingly seek natural healing as one of their healthcare choices, the need for knowledgeable professionals in this field continues to grow.
The hybrid program offers an area of concentration in Clinical Herbalism. This concentration provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to build a safe and effective clinical practice in herbalism to meet individual client’s health and wellness goals. In this area of concentration, students learn to conduct a comprehensive client assessment, establish health goals with the client, create a treatment plan and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. In addition to clinical practice, the experiential clinical aspects of this program include group facilitation, observation of other practitioners in students’ community, and academic clinical case writing. Through an articulation agreement with the American Herbalists Guild, students earn credits working closely with experienced clinical herbalists as mentoring supervisors, either in person or from a distance.
This degree is also available in an online format with a concentration in Herbal Product Design.
- 52 credits completed in as little as two years
- A seamless integration of modern scientific knowledge with traditional herbal wisdom
- Combines foundational theory with practical skills
- Covers principles of health and wellness
- Includes herb identification and harvesting, herbal pharmacology and phytochemistry, materia medica, and herbal therapeutics
- Taught by highly accomplished and dynamic international faculty from a number of herbal traditions
- Emphasis on foundational knowledge, information literacy, and critical thinking skills necessary to advance the field
Maryland University of Integrative Health is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university's graduate degrees and certificates are endorsed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
An applicant that has earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent outside the United States, must submit an official evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service confirming that the foreign degree earned is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate. Students must order this evaluation independently, and must be received in a sealed envelope.