Academic Program Proposal

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Proposal
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Proposal
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MHEC Final
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Date
5/22/2017Maryland University of Integrative Health
Proposal
DoctorateNaturopathic Medicine6/24/2017
Naturopathic Medicine Program Description
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) proposes the creation of a new Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.), within the School of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic doctors have brought a holistic perspective to healthcare, emphasizing herbal, nutritional, homeopathic, and hands-on therapies that often provide a gentler alternative to traditional medicine. The growth and evolution of naturopathic medicine have been accelerating; doctors can be found in private and integrative practices, primary care and specialty settings, hospitals, the natural products industry, laboratory testing and development, public health, corporate wellness, insurance, health policy, research institutes, think tanks, and academic institutions of all kinds. The N.D. model is prevention and education-oriented, nature-based, community focused, and relationship-centered. Instruction will focus on the clinical application of the biomedical sciences, therapeutic modalities, clinical services, genomics, and bioinformatics, educating graduates to be at the helm beside other healthcare providers and leaders. <br> <br>The resulting program design is for a four-year, residence-based, graduate-level, program in naturopathic medicine. A significant amount of course material will be available to students online, through recorded lectures, readings, simulations, animations, and video. Using blended flipped classroom, and other emergent digitally-enhanced pedagogies, face-to-face class time will largely be used for discussion, clarification, integration, and experiential learning. <br> <br>The program curriculum aligns with the current understanding of best practices in medical education and is grounded in professional standards including those established by The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC), the AAMNC’s Council of Chief Academic and Clinical Officers, North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners, and the Academic Collaboration of Integrative Health. In addition, the N.D. program meets the criteria outlined in the regulations for licensed naturopathic doctors in Maryland. Prospective candidates will have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisites that are essential to succeed in in the naturopathic program. Graduates of the program will gain knowledge, skills, integration, and application of the biomedical and clinical sciences; the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; and health promotion and creation in the context of the relationship-centered, whole person. <br>