HRB 690 is formally known as Internship. I chose to do 3 internships over 3 semesters, for a .5 credits each, rather than combine all the time into a one-semester internship. I was seeking out varied experiences and wanted to learn more about research, growing and cultivating plants, quality assurance, and several other topics.
I have written lengthy blog posts reflecting on these experiences and provided artifacts below. There are technically 4 posts because I chose to continue one internship, without academic credit, last summer. I had already committed to a different internship but felt strongly that I should continue my work with microbial testing at MUIH.
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HRB 705 Final Presentation
HRB 705 Materia Medica is an advanced materia medica course that deepened my understanding of medicinal herbs. This course helped me achieve the goals of both the graduate program, as well as the herbal product design focus.
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Herbal Therapeutics II taught skills that included advanced medicine making, quality assurance, research, analysis, documentation, and problem-solving.
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The Learning Objectives for Herbal Therapeutics were as follows:
- Utilize principles of modern herbal medicine in order to determine how to best support wellness.
- Effectively apply herbs in a wellness model.
- Evaluate various herbal actions in order to choose those best suited for wellness.
- Apply experiences and concepts to effectively formulate herbal medicines.
This artifact is not a finished product, but rather reflects the learning and thought process occurring during the development of an herbal formulation to address a specific problem. It illustrates the work and thought that goes into finished products that often appear so simple. Notes in the document show reasons that a particular herb was omitted or the dosage changed. The formulation was designed for a specific wellness problem and demonstrated each of the learning objectives.
Product Development Activity
HRB 635b is a field trip offered by Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) for students in the Product Design tract of the Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism program. For one week the students travel to Asheville, North Carolina, located in the Appalachian Mountains in the western part of the state. The students have the opportunity to visit various players in the herbal industry, getting behind the scenes tours and hands-on experience. The week is designed in a way that students get to see all aspects of the industry: growing the crops, natural product development, herbal schools, scientific research, conservation efforts, etc.
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I will be very honest here. I took this class twice. I made it all the way to the end of the first course, having learned so much about creating products, and then I ended up failing due to not requesting an incomplete when something came up. I do not hide this fact. I have included artifacts from BOTH courses as I feel that they are demonstrative of mastery of the skills and illustrate what true growth and learning sometimes look like (some of us have to learn the hard way). I suppose I am likely unique in that I have taken this course both in-person and online.
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