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Students are invited to take courses without committing to a specific certificate or MS program as a non-matriculated student. We can accommodate individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree in any area of study. If a non-matriculated student eventually applies to and is accepted into a specific IEHP program, credits for any courses in which they earned a B- or above can be transferred.

Non-Matriculated Courses

Students can only take two courses per certificate as a non-matriculated student option. If you want to take the third course, you must enroll in the certificate program.

CBU 501: Emerging Issues in the Cannabis Industry (Fall)
Students will learn about and engage in course activities related to the history of cannabis and the rapidly developing trends in cannabis business, laws, regulations and ethics. In particular, students will examine emerging practices, concepts and issues in the cannabis industry relating to regulatory framework, illicit cannabis market, operating in cash, taxation, quality of human resources, and social justice and equity.

CBU 506: Essentials of Cannabis Financial and Operations Analysis (Spring)
This course introduces the use of accounting information as a basis for planning, control, and managerial decisions. In particular, students will gain an understanding of core accounting concepts, financial statements, and how to make financing, investing, and operating decisions that will create value for organizations. The course also discusses the role of inventory management in supply chain and logistics

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree and wish to enroll in a course within the graduate cannabis business certificate program.
  • To ensure credits are transferable, students are responsible for checking with their intended program or at their home institution.

CMD 503: Pathology Potentially Responsive to Cannabis (Fall)
This course will review the current knowledge base of pathology and pathophysiology for disease states and symptoms for which the endocannabinoid system and its components may have a biologically plausible role. The discussion will include primarily neurologic, psychiatric and behavioral, gastrointestinal and hepatic, gynecologic, musculoskeletal, hematologic, and oncologic conditions, as well as overlapping and blended diagnoses.

CMD 504: Conventional & Cannabinoid Therapy of Disease (Spring)
This course will review the current knowledge base of conventional treatment for disease states and symptoms for which cannabinoids may have a biologically plausible role. The course will also cover the use of cannabinoids in the stated conditions. The discussion will include neurologic, psychiatric and behavioral, gastrointestinal and hepatic, gynecologic, musculoskeletal, hematologic, and oncologic conditions, as well as overlapping and blended diagnoses.

CMD 505: Health Implications of Medicinal Cannabis (Summer)
The purpose of this course is to review potential adverse effects of cannabinoids that may be related to route of exposure/administration, drug-drug interactions, individual physiology, and other factors that require full exploration if students are eventually to advise patients on how best to use available cannabinoid therapy safely. The course will take a systems-based approach, characterizing effects on function in the areas of sensorimotor, cognition and affect, hepatic and cardiovascular, to name a few.

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree or a clinical terminal degree and wish to enroll in a course within the graduate cannabis medicine certificate program.
  • To ensure credits are transferable, students are responsible for checking with their intended program or at their home institution.

CSC 511: Botany and Chemistry of Cannabis (Fall)
The Botany and Chemistry of Cannabis course covers the history of cannabis as a medicinal plant from ancient times until today, taxonomy, macro and microscopic characterization, cultivation, storage, tissue culture and cryopreservation of genetic material. The different chemical classes in cannabis, including the cannabinoids and terpenes and their biosynthesis, and the chemovars of cannabis and the trends in potency changes in the illicit market over time in the USA, are described. Students will learn the morphological and histological characteristics of the different organs of cannabis such as flowers, leaves, roots, stems, isolated elements and powders, and the microscopic examination of the cannabis plant and chemical tests to identify the plant are described. The course will require students to critically review and present publications in small groups and complete assignments.

CSC 512: Forensic Analysis of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products (Spring)
This course will review and apply practical concepts important to successful chemical analysis of cannabis plant materials, products, and other samples relevant and pertaining to cannabis. The course will open with a focus on the importance of sample preparation and the various strategies employed for samples, which range from plant materials to oils, edibles, drinks, etc. This topic will be followed by the concepts of chromatography, including capillary gas chromatography (GC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled with various detectors. Importantly, mass spectrometer (MS) detectors will be discussed in considerable detail for a full understanding and appreciation for the merits of GC/MS and LC/MS, including tandem mass spectrometry (GC/MS/MS and LC/MS/MS). Student will gain an understanding and appreciation of the analytical techniques associated with modern chemical analysis of cannabis and cannabis-related samples.

CSC 513: Cannabinoid Pharmacology (Summer)
This course will review the endogenous cannabinoid system consisting of the endocannabinoid neurotransmitters, the cannabinoid receptors, synthetic pathways for the endogenous neurotransmitters, and enzymes that degrade the neurotransmitters stopping signal propagation. The endogenous cannabinoid system modulates multiple other neurotransmitter system functions placing this system into an important regulatory role. The pharmacology of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabigerol (CBG), three of more than 109 natural cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are explored. The onset, peak, and duration of cannabinoid pharmacokinetics of THC, its active metabolite, 11-hydroxy-THC, and its inactive metabolite, 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC, in blood are investigated following smoked, vaporized, and oral ingestion. Although cannabinoids are primarily inhaled, oral ingestion is common with the introduction of many cannabinoid food and beverages for medicinal and/or recreational intake. Participants in this course will be able to describe how plant cannabinoids function through the endogenous cannabinoid system to produce its well-known effects, including increased heart rate, euphoria, cognitive and motor impairment, and executive function deficits among others. In addition, THC pharmacokinetics in blood and its interpretation will enable the student to understand the complex relationships between cannabinoid pharmacokinetics and blood cannabinoid concentrations.

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree or a clinical terminal degree and wish to enroll in a course within the graduate cannabis science certificate program.
  • To ensure credits are transferable, students are responsible for checking with their intended program or at their home institution.

DIGH 500: Telehealth and Connected Care: An Advanced Course (Fall)
40.50-40.75 CE credits available
This course takes a deep dive into telehealth and connected care. It explores the different technologies, applications within healthcare, and components of creating a telehealth program. It also explores the technical, regulatory, legal, and practical aspects to conducting a telehealth visit. This course prepares the learner to successfully conduct, evaluate, and advocate for telehealth within their own organizations.

DIGH 501: Intro to Clinical Data (Spring)
This course introduces students to clinical data in healthcare. The course explores data associated with clinical care and describes the systems that exist within healthcare for data collection, storage, and analysis. Students learn common ways in which healthcare data are stored and harnessed by clinical informaticians. The course explores methods for evaluating different types of healthcare data (for example, Elecronic Health Record, Imaging, Genomics) and successful ways that analysis of healthcare data has been integrated into clinical practice. Lastly, the course describes the design principals used in healthcare data and which methods are most effective given a clinical question, as well as relative strengths/weaknesses between different methods.

DIGH 502: Business and Legal Tools for Digital Health Entrepreneurship (Summer)
Successful innovators in digital health are challenged to enhance the delivery and management of healthcare services while improving patient care and providing wider access to quality affordable care. To successfully develop and implement the next generation of digital health innovations, intra/entrepreneurs require a number of foundational skill sets. This course introduces students to the key business and legal tools required for establishing a digital health program, product, and/or service, and examines the critical issues confronting innovative clinicians. We will explore different business models in digital health and outline the legal/business tools required to establish a startup through the lens of emerging case studies. These include creating a robust intellectual property (IP) portfolio with licensing and IP-centered contracts, raising capital, hiring talent, obtaining FDA and CMS approval, and navigating HIPPA and data privacy laws. The course is geared for healthcare professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge in this rapidly changing and exciting field, and will position them to launch a startup or institutional program.

Who Should Apply?

  • Clinicians, administrators, managers, and other professionals from a wide variety of healthcare specialties, including:
    • Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Dentists, Pharmacists, Registered Nurses, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, Optometrists, Dietitians, Nutritionists and more.

IN 500: Foundations in Integrative Nutrition (Spring)
This course provides the necessary framework for developing a patient-centric approach for personalizing nutritional recommendations that are based on latest data. This course will explore the current evidence for topics in nutrition, including the role of various nutrients for proper biological function and regulation, common health consequences resulting from imbalances in macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates) and micronutrients (fat versus water soluble vitamins), the effects that different dietary and environmental exposures can have on altering the gut microbiome, and the implications of these factors on overall health. This course will also introduce the concept of interconnectedness of different body systems and the role of assessing symptomatic and functional markers of nutrient/nutritional imbalance. Competency with this foundational material will be demonstrated by, in part, analyzing realistic case study examples that formulate nutritional care plans and/or nutritional recommendations that are designed to optimize health.

Who Should Apply?

  • All applicants must meet the minimum requirement of a bachelor's degree.

MBM 500: Foundations in Mind-Body Medicine (Fall)

This first course in this certificate will introduce the necessary framework for developing a patient-centered approach for integrating mind-body therapies and recommendations based on the latest data. This course will include a review of current evidence for topics in mind-body medicine such as roles of various modalities in the treatment of mental health issues, pain management, and stress-related problems. Practical integration of these practices into the office visit will also be covered in this course.

MBM 510: Advanced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Spring)
*Course includes 1-2 day(s) in-person or optional online intensives.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is one of the seminal interventions driving the growth of applications of mindfulness and other contemplative disciplines for the promotion of physical and psychological wellness within the context of the emergent field of mind/body medicine. This course provides a didactic overview of stress physiology, the influence of stress on disease processes, and the substantial evidence-based research that has documented the numerous health benefits of MBSR and other mindfulness-based interventions. The course includes the practice of formal mindfulness techniques in weekly sessions as well as a day-long mindfulness retreat. The total experience is intended to promote personal and professional wellness and to create a foundation for further exploration of mindfulness-based interventions for those interested in integrating mindfulness into their professional practice.

Who Should Apply?

  • Anyone with a bachelor's degree and is a licensed healthcare professional (or student in a healthcare field – assessed on a case-by-case basis).