Masters in Medical Cannabis offered at University of Mississippi

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The University of Mississippi is launching a new online Master of Science in Dietary Supplements and Medical Cannabis program in the fall of 2023. The program will be the first of its kind in Mississippi and is designed to train students for careers in the growing dietary supplements and medical cannabis industries.

The program will build on the university’s strengths in natural products research and cannabis research. Students will learn about the chemistry, biology, toxicology, genomics, formulation, manufacturing, and regulation of dietary supplements and medical cannabis.

The program is expected to be accredited by the end of the calendar year. Officials are also discussing how to expand cannabis-based studies to the undergraduate level.

There is strong enthusiasm for the upcoming program, with over 50 students on the waitlist, more than the number of spots available.

“Our goal is to create one of the best programs — if not the best — to serve the industry, and it really builds off our strengths,” the program’s Director David Colby said.

“With these industries growing in our state and our country, this program is designed to ensure the workforce is well-trained and has the knowledge and skills to be effective and contribute to these industries,” Donna Strum, dean of the university’s pharmacy school, said. “This new online program promises to open up a world of opportunities for those looking to advance their careers in these industries.”

“We’ll be teaching about plant genomics and formulation and manufacturing, as well as regulation. We want to train people who want to work in those industries, not necessarily a pharmacist who wants to recommend the correct cannabis product.”

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