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Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health Program Director Maria Broderick, EdD, MAOM, LicAc,

An Introduction to the Doctor of Acupuncture & Integrative Health Program

  • MCPHS’s New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) is the oldest acupuncture school in the United States, and it continues to prove itself a leading educational institution in the field of acupuncture as it expands its offerings. For example, in 2018, NESA launched its first doctorate program: Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH). This doctoral-level program is designed to empower practicing acupuncturists to thrive as members of the integrative healthcare team. The DAIH program represents a continued commitment to advancing the field of acupuncture and integrative health and providing acupuncturists with educational and career advancement opportunities.

    Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education Maria Broderick, EdD, MAOM, LicAc, says that the DAIH program is a vital opportunity for acupuncturists to expand their master's degree studies to the next level and meet the demands of today's healthcare field. "The DAIH program opens the door to helping practicing acupuncturists to bridge their training in Chinese medicine with the standards and practices of healthcare providers trained from the ground up in Western medicine," says Professor Broderick. "We are joining the growing movement in Western medicine that honors an integrative approach to healthcare."

    Professor Broderick says that acupuncture and integrative health is best practiced through a collaborative, team-based approach—a focus of the DAIH program. "Acupuncturists are trained to address many of the most pressing challenges in healthcare," she says. "We offer safe, effective non-pharmacological treatment for chronic pain. We can reduce the side effects of medications. We provide supportive treatment for addiction; we help ameliorate the impact of emotional trauma. “These are conditions and challenges that are often best managed through a team approach, with coordinated care,” Professor Broderick adds. “To ensure that acupuncturists are part of these teams, they need to learn the competencies that will make them successful in integrative healthcare settings."

    The DAIH program levels the playing field, so to speak, as it provides an opportunity for acupuncturists to practice and provide insight as members of interprofessional healthcare teams at a doctoral level. Students in the DAIH program are given valuable exposure to a variety of areas of care through 120 hours of clinical experiences. The clinical requisite complements a curriculum taught by national experts in integrative health, giving students critical insight into how best to serve as members of an integrative healthcare team.

    The 20-credit program, which is offered online, incorporates the University-wide focus of interprofessional collaboration and education.

    To learn more, visit the program page at: Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH).