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Jenny Yu, DACM, L.Ac.

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Associate Professor I

Eastern Medicine Department



Jenny Yu was appointed the academic Dean for the College of Eastern Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) in April 2017. She has been a SCU faculty since 2001 as Associate Professor, Chair of Clinical Education, and Assistant Director for the University Health Center at SCU Health System.

Jenny obtained her Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree from Pacific College of Health and Science, Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University, and Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from University of Southern California. In addition to having over 20 years in private practice and teaching experience, Jenny is also a published author of several peer reviewed journal articles, two books on Herbal Medicine, and lectures in professional conferences.

Jenny believes “the excellence in healthcare begins with excellence in education” and is dedicated to increasing the recognition of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in America by teaching the future generation of practitioners.  She strongly believes that the medicine will multiply its recognition and along with integrative healthcare modalities, will help more people in need. 



D.Ac., Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Health and Science, San Diego, California, United States


M.S., Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University, Anaheim, California, United StatesDissertation: Coping with Arthritis


B.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

Professional Licensures (Healthcare)

LAc, California, United States, AC5605, Active, 1997, 2024-08-31, 1770664104

Work Experience

2017 - Ongoing

Dean, Eastern Medicine Department, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, California, United States

2016 - Ongoing

Lecturer, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

2010 - 2017

Assistant Director, University Health Center, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, California, United States

2006 - 2017

Department Chair, Clinical Education, College of Eastern Medicine, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, California, United States

2001 - Ongoing

Associate Professor, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, California, United States

1997 - 2004

Acupuncturist, Advanced Acupuncture, Inc., Santa Monica, California, United States

Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions



Yu, J. The Study and Analysis of Herbal Formulas in Oriental Medicine.; Wen‐Sheng Publication: Taipei, Taiwan, 2003.

Journal Article


Yu, J. Chinese Herbs for the Management of Atopic Dermatitis: A Case Report. Topics in Integrative Health Care 2012, 3.
Yu, J. Acupuncture for the Management of Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis: Case Reports. Medical Acupuncture 2011, 23, 53–56.
Yu, J. Case Study: Acupuncture Treatment of Restrictive Pulmonary Disease. The American Acupuncturist 2009, 50.
Fernandez, C. E.; Yu, J. Peer Review of Teaching. 2007, 21, 154–161.
Yu, J. Clinic Study on 20 Insomnia Cases Treated with the Acupuncture Hunshe Point. Taipei Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 2006, 9.

Poster Presentation


Yu, J. Making the Intangible, Tangible – The Hard and Hopeful Work of Transforming the Culture of an Integrative Health Sciences University. Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, 2017.
Yu, J. Acupuncture Treatment to Decrease Side Effects of Bortezomib in a Patient with Multiple Myeloma: A Case Report. 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, 2014.
Yu, J. Acupuncture Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Case Study. SCU Integrative Health Conference, 2008.
Yu, J. Chinese Herbs for Management of Atopic Dermatitis: A Case Study. 20th Annual AAMA Symposium, 2008.


Noborikawa, J.; Vinjamury, S. P.; Hsiao, L.; Yu, J. Study of Traditional Health Behaviors in Asian Americans – A Cross-Sectional Survey. American Public Health Association Conference, 2018.
Noborikawa, J.; Vinjamury, S. P.; Hsiao, L.; Yu, J. Study of Traditional Health Behaviors in Asian Americans – A Cross-Sectional Survey. American Public Health Association Conference, 2018.



Yu, J. Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice. SCU Faculty Development Seminar, 2013.
Yu, J. Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy. SCU Integrative Health Conference, 2008.

Honors and Awards

Fall 2019 - Fall 2019

Most Valuable Professor, 2019, SCU

Spring 2015 - Spring 2015

VPAA Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching, 2015, SCU

Fall 2015 - Fall 2015

Grit Award, 2015, SCU

Fall 2014 - Fall 2014

Certificate of Recognition, Evidence-Based Practice for Faculty Training, 2014, SCU , Faculty Development Committee

Fall 2012 - Fall 2013

Education Advancement Committee Faculty Appreciation Certificate, 2013, SCU, Education Advancement Committee

Fall 2008 - Fall 2008

Excellence in Service Award, 2008, SCU, University Award

Fall 2007 - Fall 2007

Blood of the Turnip Award, 2007, SCU, University Award

Fall 2006 - Fall 2006

Institutional Pride Award, 2006, SCU, University Award

Fall 2005 - Fall 2005

Outstanding Service Award, 2005, SCU, University Award

Fall 2004 - Fall 2004

Preclinical Teaching Award, 2004, SCU, University Award

Fall 2003 - Fall 2003

Special Recognition Award, 2003, SCU, University Award

Most Favorite Instructor of the Year, 2003, SCU


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Our Value: Integrative Health, Inclusivity

I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.


Brianna Hadley

MSPA Class of 2022

Our Value: Integrative Health

One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.

Dr. Jamie Kuljis

Graduate, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Our Value: Integrative Health, Inclusivity

"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

Portia Harris

Student, Ayurveda Program

Our Value: Evidence-Based Practice

Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.

Jordan Vega

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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