Laurel, Md. – Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) announced today that it has signed an educational agreement with Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). The goal of this agreement is to provide graduate interprofessional learning experiences for students enrolled at each institution.
“We are excited to work with USU to build interprofessional relationships that recognize and combine the value of integrative health and conventional medical approaches to provide high-quality health care,” says Christina Sax, MUIH’s Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
MUIH and USU are dedicated to building integrative health frameworks that enhance the health and well-being of those they serve. At present, much of the re-design of these frameworks has occurred within healthcare facilities. This partnership will allow re-design and innovation to start within educational organizations thereby building interprofessional teams at the ground-level. These interprofessional teams will better understand each other’s roles, the value they bring, and how to optimally work together to further enhance patient health.
Among the first steps are opportunities for MUIH’s acupuncture students and faculty to engage with USU medical students enrolled in an integrative health and battlefield acupuncture (BFA) elective with BFA developer, Dr. Richard Niemtzow, retired Air Force colonel at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (AIM) Center at Joint Base Andrews. Through these experiences, integrative health and medical students can gain deeper insight into each other’s practices and the ways that they can work together to support patients. Ultimately, inter-professional experiences and understanding such as this contribute to the future and improvement of the health care system in our country.
MUIH offers master’s and doctoral degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines that prepare practitioners and professionals to support health and wellbeing. These include programs in acupuncture, Ayurveda, cannabis science, health promotion, health and wellness coaching, herbal medicine, integrative health studies, narrative health, nutrition, workplace wellness, 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.