Graduate Certificate in Herbal Medicine


The ACHS Graduate Certificate in Herbal Medicine provides specialized training for Graduate students in the comprehension and application of herbal medicine. Professionals working in the complementary alternative medicine (CAM) field will be able to deepen their knowledge and understanding of botanical medicine.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of therapeutic actions, active constituents, methods of administration, and regulatory status for each botanical, alongside a strong foundation in botany and plant identification.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the toxicology of plant and essential oil constituents, including potential allergic and adverse reactions and the impact of botanical quality on toxicity.
  • Analyze the relative risks and benefits associated with commonly used botanicals.
  • Evaluate current botanical literature, including phytochemical, toxicological, and epidemiological data.
  • Assemble a comprehensive herbarium of botanical materia medica, incorporating current research to understand efficacy.
  • Synthesize advanced knowledge of botanical toxicology principles, including the mechanisms and effects of herb-herb and herb-drug interactions.

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

Tuition and Fees:

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