New School Puts Focus on Traditional World Medicines

Friday, April 5, 2013

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The School of Traditional World Medicines will house Bastyr University's acupuncture, Oriental medicine and ayurveda programs, along with future programs drawing on medicine from around the world.

As the world becomes smaller and health practices from many cultures gain in popularity in the United States, it is important for health care providers to understand various practices from many time-honored healing traditions. That is why Bastyr University is so proud to announce that it has created a new School of Traditional World Medicines.

“Ayurveda, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are three of many traditional and indigenous approaches to health and well-being that have existed for centuries,” said Timothy C. Callahan, PhD, Bastyr University senior vice president and provost. “By incorporating these existing graduate degree programs within the newly named School of Traditional World Medicines, Bastyr University is charting a path toward renewed recognition of and education in other international healing sciences that have been fulfilling humankind’s medical and wellness needs, sometimes for millennia.”

The School of Traditional World Medicines will be home to Bastyr University’s Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the new Department of Ayurvedic Sciences, which will begin offering the nation’s first accredited Master of Science in Ayurvedic Sciences in fall 2013. Hazel Philp, ND, MS, LAc, will serve as the dean of the school. As different kinds of world medicines gain in popularity in the U.S., Bastyr University will be uniquely poised and ready to attract the best and brightest in those specific fields to teach the next generation of providers.

“Once again Bastyr University has taken a bold and historic step toward advancing natural medicine,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD. “Bastyr’s School of Traditional World Medicines is a landmark creation that will help expand our understanding of wellness and prepare our students to deliver truly comprehensive health care.”

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