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New distance-learning health class planned

Dec 10, 2013

As a result of the recent approval by Maharishi University of Management’s accrediting organization, plans are shaping up to offer a new distance education masters of science in integrative health next fall.

The class will be offered to licensed health professionals.

Integrative health refers to the integration of evidenced-based traditional systems of natural medicine with conventional medicine.

M.U.M. proposed the new program last spring during a visit by a team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Approval was granted this fall.

The focus will be Maharishi Ayur-Veda, while also including introductions to other systems of medicine such as traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic and osteopathy.

Students in the new program will be doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals who want to expand their practice into the emerging field of integrative medicine, which is now offered by many hospitals, medical centers and medical schools nationwide.

The three-year program will include 10 courses. One of those courses will comprise a week of in-residence instruction at M.U.M. in each of the three years of the program.

The other courses will be taught via distance education and will include streaming video lectures, live webinars, readings and quizzes.

Faculty will include Indian Ayurvedic experts known as vaidyas, M.U.M. founding president and researcher Keith Wallace, Robert Schneider, dean of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health, Paul Morehead, associate chair of the Department of Physiology and Health, and Stuart Rothenberg, clinical professor.

“I’m really excited about it,” Wallace said. “I think it’s a great program and a stepping stone to our creating a medical school.”

The program will be offered in two phases. The first will be the track for licensed health professionals. A second phase, to come later, will be for those who aren’t already licensed professionals.

Used by permission of The Review, a Maharishi University of Management electronic newsletter.

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