University of San Diego presents
Healthcare and Medicine Certificate
Add cannabis knowledge to your healthcare skillset.
Cannabis medicine is a rapidly growing sector of the healthcare industry, yet trusted and credible information is hard to come by. For healthcare professionals seeking a career in cannabis medicine, or looking to add cannabis expertise to their existing practice, this course offers expert, in-depth instruction on the medical properties of cannabis.
Studying Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine will advance your knowledge and practice of cannabis for health care providers and enable (you or allied health professionals) to meaningfully engage in patient needs and support.
Online study makes this course ideal for working professionals or anyone looking to access the most experienced educators and comprehensive cannabis coursework available anywhere. Work on each week’s instructor-led assignments at a time that suits you, as you build your expertise and earn a credible qualification from a recognized college.
8 weeks each
Instructor led, asynchronous
Full Payment Option
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Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine Courses
Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries
An in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law and Policy, FDA regulation, and the many challenges that successful cannabis businesses face. Main topics covered in the course include:
- History of Cannabis
- Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
- Agriculture and Cultivation
- Law and Policy
- Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
- Careers in the Cannabis Industry
Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare I: Essentials of Cannabis Medicine
Gain a comprehensive understanding of cannabis’ medical properties, human physiology and the metabolic pathways for cannabis, including ethics and law for cannabis healthcare practitioners. Partnering with integrated medical centers, you’ll learn about strain selection, dosing and titration, routes and administration, and challenges with drug interaction. Main topics covered in the course include:
- History of Cannabis as Medicine
- The Endocannabinoid System and Fundamentals of Cannabis Botany
- Standard Care in Cannabis Medicine
- Strain Selection, Dosing, and Titration in Cannabis Medicine
- Routes and Administration for Cannabis
- Challenges with Dosing, Routes, and Administration
- Regulations and Legal Matters for Cannabis Healthcare Professionals
Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare II: Integrated Clinical Practice
Explore advanced physiological and pharmacological studies. You’ll review complex aspects of the endocannabinoid system and explore the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabinoids and terpenes in the human body. Clinical themes include autoimmune diseases, pain, mental health, neurodegenerative diseases, geriatrics, and cancer treatment. Main topics covered in the course include:
- Advanced ECS and Phytocannabinoids
- Advanced Cannabinoids and Terpenes
- Deciphering Lab Results and Reading Labels
- Autoimmune Diseases, Pain, and Inflammation
- Mental Health and Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Geriatrics, Addiction, and Cancer
Expert Cannabis Educators
Expert Cannabis Educators
Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine features expert instruction and interaction from board-certified physicians, psychiatrists, clinical specialists and pharmacologists with deep understanding of cannabis medicine, in addition to overviews of ethical and regulatory issues from experienced legal practitioners.
The Highest Standards for Online Learning
Dr. Jose Franceshini
Distinguished author and lecturer on psychiatry, neurology, and geriatrics. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he chairs the Psychiatry Department at Universidad Central del Caribe Escuela de Medicina in Puerto Rico.
Jack McCue, MD
Acclaimed professor, physician, and author specializing in the uses of medicinal cannabis. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Case Western Reserve University Schools of Medicine.
Martha “Muffy” Montemayor, CNC
Certified Nutrition Consultant Martha Montemayor founded Healthy Choices Unlimited, whose physicians and staff have helped over 15,000 patients obtain their Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry cards.
Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands
In 2021, there were 428,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022
In 2019, CA was on track to record $3.1 billion in sales, a 23% growth rate from 2018.
Source: LA Times
By 2024, the legal market in CA is projected to reach $7.2 billion, overtaking the illegal market which has continued to be a significant source of cannabis for California users.
Source : LA Times
Legal cannabis worker jobs are projected to grow by 250% between 2018-2028, far outpacing any other fast-growing career.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2020
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