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Five Branches University

Santa Cruz, California, United States
Five Branches University offers ten programs related to Traditional Chinese and Integrative Medicine at its two California campuses in Santa Cruz and San Jose.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (2)



Five Branches University was founded on an auspicious day – Feb. 4, 1984, on Chinese New Year in the Year of the Mouse, at the beginning of a 60-year cycle. We had one classroom, a clinic with three treatment rooms, five teachers, 18 dedicated students, one patient a day, and one typewriter.


Five Branches University is dedicated to:

  • Provide the highest level of professional education in Traditional Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Develop highly-skilled TCM clinical practitioners, educators and researchers.
  • Advance the practice of TCM as an independent medical modality through clinical practice, education and research.
  • Encourage professional collaboration among TCM practitioners, faculty, patients, and other health care providers to transform the worldview of healthcare; to recognize TCM as a significant component of world medicine.


During clinic hours, many of our students use the on-campus library computers for research. For example, a student may want to research information about his/her patient’s past medical conditions. Because the library is on-campus, research can be completed between patients or while the patient is relaxing, with needles in place, on the treatment table. A small collection is available in the clinic itself.


The FBU library offers employment opportunities for in-coming and currently enrolled work-study students. This is a great way to earn extra income and learn more about available information resources.

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Student services

Located along California’s scenic Central Coast, renowned for its beautiful beaches and redwood forests, Santa Cruz has the cosmopolitan appeal of a college town combined with the ambiance of a small coastal California city. Our Santa Cruz campus is located in a beautiful residential community, one block from the beach, on the Monterey Bay and close to the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. At the heart of the campus is the Five Branches health center which has provided exceptional healthcare to patients for over 30 years.

Library services

The Five Branches University (FBU) Library provides accurate, reliable and up-to-date information resources to support the instructional, clinical and research needs of the University. The FBU library maintains facilities at both the Santa Cruz and San Jose campuses. 

ICT services

Wireless internet access is available in the library and in many other areas of the school. The library web based online catalog is available from mobile devices. Some of the databases such as PubMed also transmit to handheld devices.

Medical services

Patients await their treatments in a beautifully designed reception area, while practitioners treat over 160 patients each day in our busy health centers. With a combined 38 treatment rooms, herbal pharmacies containing over 500 medicinal products, and expert patient-care and clinical instruction.

Santa Cruz, California, United States