Herbal medicine course within pharmacy curriculum
Center for Integrated Primary Care; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Behavioral Medicine | Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Health Services Administration | Integrative Medicine | Medical Education
Due to the growing use of herbs and dietary supplements by consumers, pharmacists now need a basic knowledge of this topic for their professional practices. To meet this need, an elective course on herbs and dietary supplements is being taught at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science. The objective of the course is to teach students basic phytopharmacology, counseling skills on herbal medicine, evidence- based resources, manufacturing practices, and dietary regulations. A review of over 50 herbs touches on clinical use, efficacy, safety, and drug interactions. This paper reviews the course curriculum, resources and exercises used throughout the course.
Herbal medicine, education, complementary and alternative, dietary supplements, natural products
DOI of Published Version
J Herb Pharmacother. 2004;4(2):47-58.
Journal of herbal pharmacotherapy
Dvorkin, Lana; Gardiner, Paula; and Whelan, Julia S., "Herbal medicine course within pharmacy curriculum" (2004). Center for Integrated Primary Care Publications. 62.