About Us

The Herbs and Dietary Supplements Across the Lifespan program were originally developed by Dr. Kathi Kemper when she was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School with funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH). The initial pilot project was completed by over 500 health professionals who enthusiastically recommended the program be continued. With continuing R01 funding from NIH, the program was expanded to include 10 hours of material and completed by thousands of additional professionals over the next 10 years. Studying this curriculum has proven benefits on professionals’ knowledge and confidence in talking with patients about herbs and supplements, and it can help you, too! This unique curriculum, now available online only through The Ohio State University, has proven useful to thousands of health professionals just like you.  


About the Author


 Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH
Founder, Center for Integrative Health and Wellness

Dr. Kathi Kemper was recruited to The Ohio State University in October 2012 as the Director for the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness from Wake Forest University, where she held the Caryl J Guth Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine and served as the founding Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kemper is currently a Professor of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Nursing at Ohio State. She is also a member of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Food Innovation Center, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, both of Ohio State.

Before coming to Ohio State, she was a Professor in the Departments of Social Science/Health Policy and Pediatrics and held appointments in Family and Community Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, Bioethics, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center at Wake Forest University.  Before Wake Forest, Dr. Kemper was the founding Director of the Center for Holistic Pediatric Education and Research at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Kemper is recognized internationally as the leading authority on complementary therapies for children and is frequently consulted by media, including the New York Times, Chicago TribuneNewsweek, ABC News, the Wall Street JournalReaders’ Digest, RedbookFirst for Women and USA Today. She currently has over 170 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Kemper serves as the Editor in Chief of the international journal, Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

The Peer Review Committee

The peer review committee for the modules in this program comprises a diverse group of health professionals and trainees at The Ohio State University, ranging from dietetics to epidemiology, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, and social work. We are grateful to everyone on the team. And we are always looking for volunteers to write more evidence-based modules on dietary supplements. Please let us know if you'd like to volunteer.



Philip Binkley, MD
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health
Robert Disilvestro, PhD

Department of Human Sciences

Mariah Edgington, RN
Ross Heart Hospital
Maryanna Klatt, PhD
Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
Mo Yee Lee, PhD
College of Social Work
Rajiv Mallipudi, MD
OSU Medical Student
MD/MBA Candidate, Class of 2016
Bella Mehta PharmD, FAPhA
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Robert Rakowczyk, MD
OSU Medical Student
MD Candidate, Class of 2016


References For Your Review

Here are some references about the benefits of the program for your review:

Kemper KJ, Amata-Kynvi A, Sanghavi D, et al.  Randomized trial of an internet curriculum on herbs and other dietary supplements for health care professionals. Acad Med. 2002 Sep;77(9):882-9.

Kemper KJ, Amata-Kynvi A, Dvorkin L, et al. Herbs and other dietary supplements: healthcare professionals' knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 May-Jun;9(3):42-9.

Kemper KJ, Gardiner P, Gobble J, Mitra A, Woods C.   Randomized controlled trial comparing four strategies for delivering e-curriculum to health care professionals [ISRCTN88148532]. BMC Med Educ. 2006 Jan 11;6:2.

Kemper KJ, Gardiner P, Gobble J, Woods C.  Expertise about herbs and dietary supplements among diverse health professionals. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2006 Apr 28;6:15.

Beal T, Kemper KJ, Gardiner P, Woods C.  Long-term impact of four different strategies for delivering an online curriculum about herbs and other dietary supplements.  BMC Med Educ. 2006 Aug 7;6:39.

Kemper KJ, Gardiner P, Woods C.   Changes in use of herbs and dietary supplements (HDS) among clinicians enrolled in an online curriculum. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2007 Jun 12;7:21

Kemper KJ, Woods C, McBride A. What's in a Name? Impact of marketing different course titles on enrollment for online classes. Acad Med. 2008 Dec;83(12):1187-90.

Woods CR, Kemper KJ.  Curriculum resource use and relationships with educational outcomes in an online curriculum. Acad Med. 2009 Sep;84(9):1250-8.