Graduate Certificate in Botanical Safety - Online

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  • Objectives
    Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Botanical Safety will be able to:

    * Assemble a solid theoretical understanding of how to review, utilize and design scientific and clinical research.
    * Construct a strong theoretical knowledge of the principles of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry as they apply to botanical studies.
    * Critically evaluate the molecular structure of active constituents and how they contribute to a botanical’s observable actions.
    * Identify and evaluate the methods of quality control, extraction, potency, and variability of herbs and how it relates to the botanical industry.
    * Synthesize an advanced knowledge of the principles of toxicology and the mechanisms and effect of herb-herb and herb-drug interactions.
    * Demonstrate an understanding of the toxicology of plant and essential oil constituents, the possible allergic and adverse reactions to herbal products and the influence of herbal quality on potential toxicity.
    * Analyze the relative risks and benefits of commonly used botanical substances.
    * Compare and contrast knowledge from empirical use with data from current phytochemical, toxicological and epidemiological studies and databases.
    * Assemble an advanced knowledge base of the herbal material medica with a strong theoretical understanding of efficacy based on current research.
    * Construct a working knowledge of the therapeutic action, active constituents, and methods of administration and regulatory status of each botanical.
  • Entry requirements
    Bachelors degree from US Department of Education approved accredited institution, an admissions interview and recommendation for admission from the Dean of Admissions.
  • Course description
    Graduate Certificate in Botanical Safety Online requirements:

    Chem 502 Principles of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
    Tox 501 Fundamentals of Toxicology and Safety in Botanical Medicine
    Bot 501 Botany and Plant Identification for the Holistic Practitioner
    Res 501 Assessment and Integration of Research

    Study Time:

    Each course within the Certificate is completed over 16 weeks. Minimum study time recommended for each course is 9 hours per week. Graduates are awarded the Graduate Certificate in Botanical Safety™.


    See each course listing for a complete list of program materials.

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