Maryland University of Integrative Health

Maryland University of Integrative Health educates leaders in health and wellness through transformative and relationship-centered programs that integrate ancient wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH offers graduate degrees and certificates in a wide range of wellness fields in online, on-campus, and weekend formats.

Mission Statement

A distinctive community of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and advocates, Maryland University of Integrative Health promotes whole person, relationship-centered health care.

Through discovery and exploration, we deliver progressive educational programs, advance innovative clinical models, build mutually beneficial partnerships, and provide opportunities for fulfilling careers.

In addition to our mission, MUIH students, faculty, and staff commit, individually and collectively, to remembering the following foundational principles. We use these to guide our behavior, inform our decisions, and shape our preferred future.

Interconnection: Everyone and everything in the universe is intrinsically connected. Modern science and ancient healing traditions both reflect our interdependence with the environment.

Holism: A person, organization, or system is more than the sum of its parts and can ultimately only be understood and explained as a whole. This holistic perspective significantly impacts healthcare, research, and community life.

Transformation: People, communities, and organizations have the potential for profound and ongoing change. Transformation is catalyzed by the environment and receptivity to change.

Diversity: Diversity underlies the health of any system. In the natural world, biological diversity generates and reflects a sustainable ecology. Diversity of people within an organization or community contributes to creativity, adaptability, and the checking of group bias.

Resilience: Resilience is the process of navigating change and effectively recovering from challenges. It is a type of adaptation that involves maintaining core integrity while adjusting to meet the demands of shifting circumstances. At its best, resilience involves not only meeting a challenge but also evolving and thriving as a result of the process.


Maryland University of Integrative Health is one of the oldest operating acupuncture institutions in the country. It was originally incorporated in Maryland as the College of Chinese Acupuncture, U.S., in 1974. In 1978, the college amended its charter and changed the name to the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI). In 2000, it took on the name Tai Sophia Institute. In 2013, the institution achieved university status and changed its name to Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH).

The school achieved candidate status from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1984 and was first accredited in 1985.

MUIH was accepted as a candidate for accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2001 and was first accredited in 2006.

Programs Offered

Maryland University of Integrative Health offers master's degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, as well as an academic certificate in Chinese herbs. The university also offers programs in nutrition and integrative health, herbal medicine, yoga therapy, health promotion, and health and wellness coaching.

Master of Acupuncture:

MUIH's Master of Acupuncture, the first accredited master's degree program in acupuncture in the United States, offers a comprehensive curriculum combining rigorous classroom teaching with a rich clinical experience. It is designed to blend ancient healing traditions with contemporary science as the basis for treating the whole person, including the five elements, the 12 officials, and yin/yang. The program provides a transformative and relationship-centered curriculum that guides students to choose their words and actions intentionally in order to be a healing presence that supports their patients.

The program is offered in both daytime and evening/weekend formats with some online coursework available, and can be completed in 36 to 48 months, depending on the pace a student sets when building his or her practice during the clinical portion of the program.

Master of Oriental Medicine:

Built on the foundation of MUIH's renowned Master of Acupuncture, the Master of Oriental Medicine seamlessly integrates traditional acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Graduates will possess solid knowledge of the theory and philosophy of Oriental medicine, and the competence to skillfully treat their patients with needles, herbs, words, and a healing presence. The program is unique in its integration of five-element constitutional perspectives, classical Chinese medicine, eight principle diagnosis, and Zang-Fu differentiation.

The program is offered in both daytime and evening/weekend formats with some online coursework available, and can be completed in 36 to 48 months, depending on the pace a student sets when building his or her practice during the clinical portion of the program. The Chinese herbs portion of the curriculum is only offered on weekends.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs:

Maryland University of Integrative Health's two-year Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Chinese Herbs integrates classical Chinese medicine with a five-element constitutional perspective. The program is rooted in the history of ideas of Chinese herbal medicine from the classics to contemporary practice.

The program is offered in a flexible weekend format is designed for licensed acupuncturists and current acupuncture students.

MUIH also offers the following graduate programs:

Master's Degrees:

Graduate Academic Certificates:

Contact Information

For more information on Maryland University of Integrative Health:

Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD 20723
Tel: (800) 735-2968
Fax: (410) 888-9004

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