Cannabis Medicine Certificate


  • College of Health Professions

Institute of Emerging Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length
1 year

Program Type

  • Online

Bachelors or Clinical Degree 
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Program Contact

Name: Brooke Worster, MD
  • Program Director
  • Associate Professor
Organization: Institute of Emerging Health Professions
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Cannabis – as marijuana – has traditionally been included in the educational curricula of health care professionals only as a drug of abuse. In recent years, much has been learned about the endocannabinoid system and the physiological  impacts of both endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids. There are, however, few educational programs that prepare scientists, researchers, and clinicians to join this burgeoning field. This Cannabis Medicine certificate helps to close this educational gap.

Application Process & Deadlines

Applications for the certificate program are considered on a rolling-admissions basis throughout the year, and newly matriculated students may begin coursework in any academic term. 

Application Deadlines

AUGUST 1 - Fall
DECEMBER 1 - Spring
APRIL 1 - Summer

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Program Overview

The graduate certificate in Cannabis Medicine is designed to equip health professionals with the understanding of current cannabinoid therapies  and their health effects. In this program, students gain an understanding of the science underlying endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids as well as their clinical applications .

Expert faculty will provide a didactic and  interactive experience for students who choose to obtain the Certificate in Cannabis Medicine from  Thomas Jefferson University, one of the most highly respected  health sciences universities in the United States.

This certificate is offered in partnership with the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education.  For over twenty years the Center has been at the forefront of the forensic community, providing novel developments in research, training and education in the forensic sciences.  Their internationally recognized staff have partnered with the Institute of Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University to provide an unparalleled learning experience in this emerging field.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Apply clinical and basic sciences knowledge to identify appropriate cannabis therapies for specific medical conditions.
  • Explain mechanisms of action, functional roles, and absorption/distribution/ metabolism/excretion of cannabinoids in humans.
  • Determine medical cannabis/cannabinoids proper administration and safe dosing, and identify its physical, psychiatric and psychological effects.


The Cannabis Medicine certificate is one of the stackable certificates leading up to the MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Business.

The courses in the certificate program are designed to accommodate and interest students with diverse academic background and career interests. All cannabis courses are online and mostly asynchronous. Students may enroll into the program in Fall, Spring or Summer .

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours Term
CMD  503 Pathology Potentially Responsive to Cannabis   3 Fall
CMD  504 Conventional & Cannabinoid Therapy of Disease  3 Spring
CMD  505 Health Implications of Medicinal Cannabis 3 Summer

If you are not ready to commit to a M.S. degree or a full certificate, take a course or two as a non-degree student (non-matriculated option) - see information


Sara Jane Ward, PhD

Adjunct Faculty, Cannabis Medicine Graduate Certificate

Dr. Sara Jane Ward is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Substance Abuse Research, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University.  

She earned her PhD in neuroscience at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem NC. Dr. Ward is currently working on several projects to elucidate the therapeutic potential of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including studies supported by the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense investigating the efficacy of cannabidiol for the treatment of peripheral and central neuropathic pain. Other projects include investigating the efficacy of cannabidiol and synthetic cannabinoids on a range of nervous system targets including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and addiction.