Syracuse University presents

Healthcare and Medicine

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.

The study of Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine will advance your knowledge and practice of cannabis and enable healthcare professionals to meaningfully engage in patient needs and support.

Online study makes this course ideal for working professionals or anyone looking to learn from the most experienced educators and professionals in the industry. You will have the flexibility to work on instructor-led assignments at a time that suits you as you build your expertise and earn a credible qualification from a recognized college.



3 Courses

8 weeks each

100% Online

Instructor led, asynchronous

Full Payment Option


Installment Option

$999 x 3

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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 & Policy, FDA regulation, and future opportunities for healthcare professionals. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • History of Cannabis
  • Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
  • Agriculture and Cultivation
  • Enterprise
  • Law and Policy
  • Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
  • Careers in the Cannabis Industry 

Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine 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, students will 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 Healthcare and Medicine II: Integrated Clinical Practice

Explore advanced physiological and pharmacological studies. Students will 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
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • 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 a deep understanding of cannabis medicine, in addition to overviews of ethical and regulatory issues from experienced legal practitioners.

The Highest Standards for Online Learning

Our curriculum is developed by a team of instructional design and interactive technology experts, utilizing theory-to-practice teaching methods designed to deliver expert education that can be applied in a real-world setting.

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
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Sales Growth Expected In NY

In 2019, New York state reported over $125 million in legal cannabis sales. The New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association projects an increase to $4.2 billion in sales by 2027.

Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report & The New York Times

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NY Medical Marijuana Patients And Counting

In 2020, New York reported over 112,000 medical cannabis patients (and growing).

Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report

Full Time Jobs

In 2021, legal cannabis already supports more than a quarter of a million jobs, growing faster than any other industry.

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2021

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America’s Fastest Growing Occupation

Legal cannabis worker jobs are projected to grow by 250% between 2018-2028, far outpacing any other fast-growing career.

Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report

Your Schedule

Courses are designed using online learning best practices and are scheduled to accommodate working professionals.

A Portfolio of Work

Students will develop a portfolio of case studies and projects that can be used to demonstrate sector-specific cannabis knowledge.

Official University Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a certificate of completion from Syracuse University.
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