Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH)

Location: Online
Start term: Fall, Spring

Grow the skillset you will need to thrive as an acupuncturist in an integrative healthcare environment.

Designed for practicing acupuncturists who have previously earned a master’s degree in acupuncture, the 25-credit Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health (DAIH) prepares students to meet the demands of today’s healthcare field and serve successfully as part of an integrative healthcare team.

In this program, students gain understanding of healthcare practices and policies that guide collaborative care, explore models of integrative care management, learn directly from leaders in the emerging field of integrative health, and develop a foundation of research competencies to guide explorations of integrative healthcare improvement, innovation, and interprofessional delivery.

Experiential Learning

As part of the program, students gain experience during two, one week immersions in integrative care settings in Massachusetts. We maintain affiliations with a number of leading hospitals, including Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center. All students will gain exposure to each setting during their first week-long placement which will cover integrative care delivery methods for chronic pain, oncology, pediatrics and public health/health disparities. Based on their initial experiences during this multi-site immersion in a range of clinical environments, students then choose an area of focus for a second, one-week focused clinical placement in Massachusetts, where they concentrate their studies on the delivery of care in one institution, in cooperation with resident experts in acupuncture and integrative health.

Students also attend Grand Rounds and other didactic sessions at area academic medical centers, including the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Emphasis on Scholarship

Doctoral students in the DAIH program will contribute to the knowledge base of the profession. Clinical placement experiences are enriched through extensive reading and analysis of literature related to best practices and challenges in care delivery in students’ areas of interest. Students conclude the program by designing, completing and disseminating a capstone project which will explore practice-based research problems. Students will draw inspiration from their coursework and clinical experiences to develop their capstone project, with support from a designated academic advisor. Capstone topics might include developing a pilot integrative group visit program in your local community, or surveying chronic pain providers in your region, or focusing on the factors that contribute to the success of collaborative care in managing pediatric pain

  • Earned MAOM, with a minimum of 146 credits; or earned MAc, with a minimum of 105 credits, from an ACAOM accredited program as required for licensure, or international equivalent
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Proof of license in acupuncture
  • Active clinical experience within past 3 years
COURSE TITLE S.H.

First semester

HSC 701 Introduction to Doctoral Studies 3
HSC 815 Healthcare Research Methods 3

Second semester 

PBH 710 Introduction to Health Policy & Management 3
HSC 805 Conducting Literature Review & Focusing Research 3

Third semester

SA XXX Focused Clinical Placement in Integrative Medicine 1* 2
SA XXX Capstone 1 – Project Development 3

Fourth semester 

SA XXX Focused Clinical Placement in Integrative Medicine 2* 2
SA XXX Capstone 2 – Project Implementation / Execution 3

Term 5

SA XXX Capstone 3 – Project Dissemination 3
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS
25

 * Clinical placements are in Massachusetts. 

 

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