HRB 690 Internship

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 Materia Medica II

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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Microbial Testing Internship Part III

     The final internship of my program (HRB 790) involved working with the Quality Control Manager to conduct microbial testing of MUIH manufactured botanicals.  The purpose of this internship was to create a repeatable and cost-effective method for aseptic botanical testing outside of a formal laboratory.  This method would provide a low-cost testing option that would allow small scale herbal businesses and manufacturers to meet part of the requirements for GMP compliance without significant financial hardship.

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HRB 620b Herbal Therapeutics II

Herbal Therapeutics II taught skills that included advanced medicine making, quality assurance, research, analysis, documentation, and problem-solving.

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HRB 620a Herbal Therapeutics I

The Learning Objectives for Herbal Therapeutics were as follows:

  1. Utilize principles of modern herbal medicine in order to determine how to best support wellness.
  2. Effectively apply herbs in a wellness model.
  3. Evaluate various herbal actions in order to choose those best suited for wellness.
  4. 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

 

 

Basil Monograph

Basil

Disclaimer: This monograph was created as a deliverable for my HRB 690 Internship with the National Arboretum. This monograph illustrates research, analysis, and writing skills. I was very proud of my work, however, I received feedback that I needed to use more rigorous academic sources as the basis for the monograph. I have chosen to include it here to illustrate the need for continual growth and improvement. As a result of that feedback, I developed a deeper understanding of the rigor and integrity involved in constructing an herbal monograph.

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HRB 635b Field Trip/ Industry Intensive

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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