Maryland University of Integrative Health Graduate Program Reviews

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ACAOM
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 1,077
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: ---
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 38% part-time, 62% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $18,605
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1.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2017

If you are considering the online nutrition program at MUIH I would encourage you to look elsewhere. This program is not worth the money or time. After having completed my MS in the online Clinical Nutrition and Integrative Health program, I can honestly say this is one of the most poorly executed programs and is lacking at every level ranging from technology platforms, to faculty to most especially the administration. The University has little to no credibility outside the Baltimore/Maryland region which makes job hunting challenging once you graduate. MUIH advertises that "no matter where you live or work or how your life is currently structured. You'll develop a healing presence and learn a method of working with others that is relationship-centered." And that MUIH "honors each student's special qualities and learning needs. We fully believe that, with this thoughtfulness and commitment, the MUIH academic and community experience will be translated to an online environment." This is a lie and simply not the case. The online program offers no flexibility, uncompromising deadlines and inconsistent expectations. Kathleen Warner, the Director of the Nutrition Program admitted that the administration knows the online program is lacking but because "a few students have successfully passed the CNS exam we must be doing something right". That said you should know that the CNS is not widely recognized across the country at this time, little information is offered as to their efforts to grow the designation's notoriety and very few CNS are willing to support prospective candidates in order to achieve their 1000 hour internship requirements. The school will however offer you the opportunity to do your internship through them provided you live in any one of less than 10 states for the cost of an additional $2000. During the internship you will learn what you should have learned in school as to how to actually be a clinician. As a prospect you should know that the Provost, School President and the Director of the nutrition program for the school have changed approximately four times in the last 3.5 years. Not all the professors are terrible, I had three who are AMAZING and actually engage with students. That said, I did my undergraduate education at a large research University and had constant and quality contact with my professors even in classes of 500 student or more. I took over eighteen courses at MUIH before I received feedback on a consistent basis from a single professor. I took a class with Virginia Darrow-Applied Clinical Nutrition 1 and no one in the class received any feedback on any assignments for the entire semester. In exchange we were offered 3 one hour lectures with another professor to compensate. Students pay almost $1400 for the class; 3 one hour lectures doesn't even begin to make up for what was not taught. In the fall of 2015 I took a Physiology class specifically because of the professor. He is fantastic. Turns out, he was "teaching "the class in name only. All the lectures were prerecorded by another professor and the TA graded all assignments and we never heard a word from the professor. One professor presented weekly lectures in the form of 170 page pre recorded power point regurgitating the text-The director of the program, Kathleen Warner believes this to be an appropriate format for online education, in this amazing age of technology, this is not a lecture. I had a class with Susan Testa, the Assistant Vice President of Clinical studies and author of the Nutrition Program. Ms Testa refused to use a high speed internet connection to connect with her online students. I was denied exemption from thousands of dollars in cooking classes despite being a chef for 5 years working specifically with people with illness based on the reasoning "that knowledge of cooking doesn't come from experience". The supplies alone for each .5 credit cooking class run in excess of $500 for the recipes in addition to the cost of the course. Please note these are just a few of many issues which are shared by my peers. MUIH has three standards, the very low bar it sets for its faculty and staff, the degree of learning it offers its In-Person students (which I understand to be pretty good) and the inconsistent way it treats its online community. It would appear that MUIH views their online community of students, not so much as students or people but purely as easy money. I am filing a complaint with the Maryland Department of Consumer Affairs as well as the State Accreditation Board in accordance with MUIH policy. The administration at MUIH cite "rigorous academic standards" but to have such high standards you actually have to teach, educate and maintain consistent standards that not only honors the ideals of the University but of the students as well. Future students who are interested in a holistic approach to health would be better off with a degree from a reputable institution and courses from the Institute of Functional Medicine. To all prospective students I wish you Good luck.
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2018

Maryland University of Integrative Health has a wide variety of of well thought out, intentional, and holistic programs that foster a powerful learning experience. I choose MUIH because of their mission, values, and vision. MUIH seeks to foster a community of healers and learners that will have a powerful and positive impact in our world. I am pursuing a masters degree in nutrition and integrative health and what I appreciate most about this program is the wide variety of classes I will take providing me with a well rounding understanding of nutrition. Not only am I taking courses in statistics and biochemisty, but I am also learning about behavior change, fostering wellness, and honing my own cooking skills. This is an amazingly well thought out program and anyone who is interested is developing valuable skills and knowledge related to nutrition, wellness, and integrative health, this is the program for you.
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2018

Maryland University of Integrative Health is a special place. The community at MUIH is filled with interesting people of all ages and from all walks of life. MUIH has challenged my assumptions about nutrition, it has helped me develop my views as a nutrition educator, it has exposed me to valuable cutting edge research, and it has provided me with a holistic understanding of nutrition. MUIH is unique in the way it approaches teaching and learning, MUIH teaches in an integrative and holistic way helping students to draw connections between food, body, health, and disease. MUIH does not teach nutrition in isolation but rather in tandem with other valuable courses such as physiology, chemistry, and statistics. MUIH is cutting edge in it's approach, what is teaches, and the way it engages with students. If you are looking to pursue a masters in nutrition this is a school you most definitely should consider.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2018

The Nutrition program at Maryland University of Integrative Health is perfect for the average person who works full time and wants to pursue a career in Nutrition specifically. One benefit is that a lot of the prerequisites required for the program at other schools aren't needed being that they allow you to take those courses while enrolled. They even offer most of the courses on the weekend to accommodate the working class citizen. And, is you are ambitious enough there are professors who re willing to work with you to gain the knowledge and experience you want in research or other hands on activities,
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2019

With a concurrent emphasis on science and facilitating human healing, this program is both relevant and rewarding. With an invested and knowledgeable faculty, this program is a clear choice for a committed and driven student. Learning is further facilitated by the ease of access to course material and flexible faculty.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2018

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) recognizes that the study of nutrition is an essential ingredient to improve the health of this nation. However, without skilled educators to impart this information there is little hope for a healthier country. MUIHs commitment to preparing students to serve as nutrition educators is progressive, innovative and indispensable. One aspect of MUIHs Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program that resonates with me is their pledge to teach nutrition using a holistic and integrative approach. Each one of us inhabits a body with a unique and complex web of interactions, food sensitivities and cravings, and path towards optimal health. I love MUIH's whole body approach as it acknowledges the wisdom of ones mind, body and spirit and has helped me become a well-rounded practitioner. Over the past few years I have experienced different aspects of the nutrition field and my professional path began to take shape. I have a desire and passion to work with people, guiding them on their journey to lead full, happy, and healthy lives. Food is unique in how it connects us- we all need to eat, prepare food, and make decisions around what we put in our bodies. We are on the cusp of a change in the way this nation engages with, talks about, and educates people on the topic of nutrition; I want to be part of this change. Maryland University of Integrative Health has helped prepare me for my journey in this field.
2.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2014

Do not waste your money on a Master's or Doctoral degree from MUIH in acupuncture. The doctoral program is a joke and there in no hard research involved in this degree whatsoever. The master's in acupuncture is fairly useless outside of MD and I live in VA and am having difficulty passing the NCAAOM exam due to lack of any bioscience classes at MUIH. The national exam will soon be required in MD, as well. Some of the faculty are excellent; many are incompetent and the curriculum is revamped every year and seems to get less and less relevant to acupuncture. One exception in this lousy school is the herb program. The school is in chaos after ousting the founders and then firing the CEO a year later for various indiscretions. The tuition has skyrocketed over the past six years or so and is no longer worth what you receive in return.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2018

One of few schools offering nutrition with integrative health and other areas of integrative health. Professionals in the field are the instructors who want to see you succeed in the program and in the nutrition field after graduation. Love the option to do online, on-campus or hybrid. Highly recommend!
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Holistic Medicine
Graduation Year: 2019

MUIH is a great school the learning environment is very supportive and nurturing. The coursework is demanding and doable. They offer an evening and weekend program and have a large emphasis on CSOE for acupuncture students. The school size is small and class to faculty ratio in the acupuncture program is about 10:1 which is nice. Most faculty are very accessible and interested in successful teaching outcomes. Where the University lacks significantly is in diversity of faculty and students. The University does a poor job of recruiting minority faculty and students and retaining them, further the financial aid is mainly through student loans although some scholarships and fellowships are available. It is difficult to apply for outside scholarships that require minimum GPAs because the school uses pass fail and does not support creating an equivalent for transcripts.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2019

Being an online student, there are many pros and cons to my program format. I am thankful that it is convenient, easily accessible, firmly structured, and very clearly presented. I can easily communicate with my professors and classmates. The online format allows me to listen to lectures and view course materials repeatedly at my own pace withing the week-long module, allowing me to synthesize the material effectively. However, the lack of interaction with classmates and instructors can be difficult at times. One must be highly motivated, disciplined, and enthusiastic about the area of study to stay on track. There is a lack of community within the online format, which in no way reflects the university (simply the nature of distance learning). I am highly pleased with the quality of instruction and the willingness of the instructors to address all of the student's needs and answer questions in a timely manner. For a very busy person who juggles a lot of responsibilities, this is the only way I am able to continue my education, and for that I am grateful to have the opportunity to attend.
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