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Founded in 1977, South Baylo University is a leader in the growing field of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is respected for success in balancing healing arts and science, combining integrative medicine with patient-centered care. For more than forty years, South Baylo University (SBU) has trained highly competent, caring healthcare providers who are able to design integrative treatment plans for their future patients with a solid foundation in Western and Asian medical science.

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President’s Message

Dear members of the South Baylo University community, it is with immense pride and enthusiasm that I begin my service as president of SBU (appointed on May 20, 2021).  It is truly an honor to be part of one of the oldest and largest Acupuncture and Oriental Medical institutions in the nation.

I look forward to meeting with students, faculty, staff, alumni and other valued stakeholders in individual, small and large listening sessions.  I am very eager to engage in conversations where we will together develop a strategy for future development.  I look forward to hearing about your experiences, thoughts, concerns and aspirations for SBU and students’ future careers.  I recently met with the Chinese students at its potluck recently.  I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity of experiences, knowledge and skillsets each student brings to SBU.

I believe SBU has limitless potential.  But we need to work together to consistently achieve excellence.  Our students, faculty and staff have tremendous talent, support and commitment to make that happen.  Your input, feedback and discussion will allow us to improve as a university family and as an institution.

I also believe we must ensure that SBU’s administrative structure is appropriate and effective to support an institution of this size.  Therefore, I am conducting a comprehensive review of the university’s operations with the goal of achieving a structure that is effective, efficient and flexible, while aligning valuable resources to achieve success for SBU’s students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Changes will be made where warranted and necessary as we continue to improve operational performance in ways that provide the most value to SBU stakeholders.

I would like to thank Dr. Jennifer E. Park, Ph.D. for her leadership and guidance as Chair of the Board of Trustees during the transition.  We owe her a debt of gratitude as she answered the call to serve during a period of unprecedented challenges.

In all that I do as your president, I am committed to the success of the many communities that are SBU.  I will uphold SBU’s core values and traditions.  And together, we will take SBU to new levels without compromising what makes us great.  I wish everyone a rewarding academic year, and I look forward to working with you closely to make student success a daily reality through our collective efforts.

Andrew S. Cho, J.D., M.P.H.

Mission Statement


The Mission of South Baylo University is to expand the knowledge of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and serve the community through quality education, research, and patient care.


The Values of South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine is to view Harmony as being its prominent value, exemplifying Harmony of Bodily Functions, Harmony of Mind and Body, and Harmony of Life and Nature. These are considered the founding principles of Oriental Medicine and Holistic Healthcare.


The Purpose of South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine is to promote good health and wellness through education, research, and clinical practice.

Educational Goals

In order to fulfill its mission, South Baylo University is committed to the following goals:

1.  To prepare students with knowledge and skills in AOM to succeed in a healthcare environment.
2.  To provide effective and high-quality patient care through AOM and integrative healthcare.
3.  To promote and advance research, scholarly activities, and professional development.
4.  To prepare students to become leaders in the community and in their profession.

Rich History of AOM

South Baylo University (SBU) was established in 1977 in the City of Los Angeles as a post-secondary educational institution. The University encompassed two schools: the School of Oriental Medicine, and the School of Business Administration. In 1997 SBU spun off the School of Business Administration to California University of Management of Sciences while it remained as the School of Oriental Medicine.

The University moved to Garden Grove, California in the spring of 1982 and incorporated as a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation. In the fall of 1994, the University relocated to its present location in Anaheim, California. As a free-standing, accredited school of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, SBU continued to grow and has become one of the largest and most prestigious AOM schools in the USA.

As a leader in Asian Medicine, SBU provides student-centered education and training based upon the core value of HARMONY. Harmony of Bodily Functions, Harmony of Mind and Body, and Harmony of Life and Nature are the very foundation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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