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Maryland University of Integrative Health Approved For Cannabis Science Graduate Program

September 17, 2020 in General News

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has just approved the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) post-baccalaureate certification program in cannabis science. In this article I will discuss the specifics of the MUIH program including the curriculum, present the history of MUIH, list the requirements for admission, and provide examples of careers for which graduates may qualify.

Cannabis Science: Therapeutics, Program Design and Quality Assurance
The program curriculum focuses on educating students about cannabis-based products through a holistic approach of herbal medicine and health and wellness. The model promotes health management rather than disease management. The course material is concentrated on the following areas of study:

  • Health Effects
  • Safety
  • Quality Assurance
  • Formulation of products
  • CBD-dominant hemp-based dietary supplements and wellness products
  • THC-dominant medical and recreation cannabis products

This program is designed for those who are committed to creating and promoting safe and legal high-quality cannabis products based entirely on scientific evidence. Beginning in fall, 2020, the curriculum consists of three trimesters for a total of 15 credits. It may be completed within a year.

The course curriculum is to be completed entirely online. It does not include any field work, hands on work with cannabis, use of laboratories or internships. Due to the pandemic, students are not required to come to campus for any course in any trimester.

The ideal candidate for this program is either looking to break into the cannabis industry or is intending to add more expertise to their skill set in order to increase their options for more job opportunities in the field.

Dr. James Snow, Dean of Academic Affairs at MUIH, had this to say about the importance of the program in support of the cannabis industry:
“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.”

Focus of the Curriculum

The program provides education in the following areas:

  • A strong foundation of knowledge of the endocannabinoid system
  • Cannabis research that presents appropriate therapeutic recommendations and which assists in the design of safe, effective commercial products
  • CBD-dominant hemp-based dietary supplements and wellness products and THC-dominant medical and recreational cannabis
  • Combining herbal medicine and cannabis products to improve health benefits and reduce health risks
  • Compliance guidelines for dispensaries, quality assurance, and industry standards which include those of herbal medicine, to support an effective approach to creating high-quality and safe cannabis-based products

Graduates will have expertise in the following areas:

  • Explain the importance of the endocannabinoid system and the role it plays in the body’s response to cannabis and other medicinal plants.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of herbal pharmacology, clinical research, and established cannabis use to design and evaluate safe and effective cannabis-containing herbal supplements that support health and well-being.
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of pharmacological and clinical research on cannabis to inform consumers of safe and effective therapeutic choices.
  • Provide cannabis education and knowledge of high-quality cannabis products available in dispensaries and other retail venues by applying ethics along with regulatory and industry standards.
  • Maintain quality assurance best practices in the development and assessment of cannabis-based products.

Careers for which graduates may be qualified include:

  • Cannabis Jobs in Testing: Laboratory Analysts, Laboratory Technicians, Quality Control Inspector, and Cannabis Tester
  • Cannabis Jobs in Processing and Manufacturing: Extractor, Product Developer/Formulator, Marketing Lead, and Regulatory Specialist
  • Cannabis Jobs in Dispensaries and Retail: Budtender, Dispensary (or Store) Manager

Admission Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university recognized by the US Department of Education. Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Resume
  • Transcripts

Program Specific Requirements:

Complete the following essay questions in the application:

  • Why have you chosen to apply to this program?
  • How does the program relate to your future personal and professional goals?

The History of MUIH
1974
Based on a huge amount of interest by the American public in acupuncture and its many benefits, the College of Chinese Acupuncture is incorporated by founders Bob Duggan and Dianne Connelly.
1975
On May 1, one of the first acupuncture clinics in Maryland, the Centre for Traditional Acupuncture, opens in the American City Building in Columbia, Maryland.
1981
Now called the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI) and after gaining approval in 1980 to teach acupuncture, the first class begins in June with 23 students.
1986
Master’s Program of Acupuncture is added to the curriculum.
1990s
TAI partners with several different Maryland institutions to provide acupuncture treatments to underserved populations; troubled teens and those with addiction problems, as well as educating public school students and teachers about complementary medicine.
2000
Taking a new name, Tai Sophia Institute (TSI), the curriculum expands to include Eastern healing traditions, with the development of two new master’s programs; Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program and the Applied Healing Arts program.
2002
Just after the first classes begin, TSI moves to a 12-acre campus including a 32,500-square-foot building in a natural setting. TSI continues to expand its services into the community with nutritional counseling and partners with the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia.
2009
A graduate program in Herbal Studies and Medical Herbalism is offered.
2010
Graduate level Health and Wellness Coaching programs are added.
2011
Several more graduate programs are added in Nutrition and Integrative Health, Women’s Holistic Health, Therapeutic Herbalism and Oriental Medicine.
2013
Becomes an accredited university and changes its name to Maryland University of Integrative Health. New graduate level programs continue to be added, including the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy in 2015.

These are exciting times as cannabis science continues to garner public support and credibility.

Sources:
reportedtimes.com, Maryland Uinversity of Integrative Health Approved for Cannabis Science program by Maryland Higher Education Commission, Aug. 20, 2020
muih.edu/academics, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Cannabis Science: Therapeutics, Product Design and Quality Assurance
muih.edu/about-muih, History

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