Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR)
Course Schedules and Descriptions

Student Roadmaps

Example schedules including classes, research project components, meetings and mentorship for two–year, four–year and five-year MSiMR students.

Two–Year Roadmap

Four–Year Roadmap

Five–Year Roadmap

Course Descriptions - Required Courses

Intro to Research & Ethics

This course covers the requirements and ethical issues that are faced in conducting clinical research. Includes informed consent, institutional review board applications, HIPAA, conflict of interest, and issues of fraud and research misconduct.

Introduction to Integrative Medicine

The field of integrative medicine involves many complex disciplines. This course introduces students to the basic philosophies and practices of ayurveda, Chinese medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, shamanic healing and other integrative medicine practices.

Introduction to Laboratory Methods

Familiarizes students with basic science, clinical, psychophysiology, laboratories, common diagnostic tests and how they are conducted.

Intro to Anatomy & Physiology

An overview of gross and microscopic anatomy and physiology. Emphasis is placed on how biological outcomes are collected to measure organ function.

Research Practicum

Students work on a CAM epidemiological or clinical study

Integrative Medicine Research Seminar I & II  

Seminar based course featuring national CAM research leaders who discuss their research

Journal Club III

Discussion of recently published clinical trials

Research in Clinical Practice

This practical course teaches learners how to conduct case studies, case series, or participate in Practice Based Research Networks

Research Design

Introduction to research design, clinical population, randomization, etc.

Conducting Research

Introduction to participant recruitment, data collection, data management, and data analysis


Covers basic concepts in probability, estimation, and hypothesis testing as well as statistical methods frequently used in clinical research. Provides familiarity with basic statistical concepts, issues in clinical research, and teaches simple data analysis.

Biostatistics II with
Computer Lab

Advanced biostatistics, delving deeper into the methods of statistical analysis introduced in Biostatistics I. Utilizes computer programs to manipulate data.

Intro to Immunology

Focuses on the basic functions of the immune system with emphasis on using immunological outcomes to track health outcomes.

Intro to Microbiology

Provides an overview of the major infectious bacteria and viruses as well as normal microflora. The course also includes the etiology, epidemiology, prevention and control of communicable diseases from a public health point of view.

Principles of Epidemiology

Methodology of Public Health research


Teaches recognition of legal, regulatory, and ethical issues in research, with special attention to vulnerable subjects. Covers basic concepts of regulation, study design, and ethics. Reviews common problems encountered in protocols and informed consent. Reviews the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the conduct of human research.

Public Health Policy

How does policy play a role in public health? How does the government tackle this problem? Guest lecturers give perspective on current issues facing public health. Compares public health issues and concerns on international levels. Current journal and news articles will be examined on a broad range of topics.

Technical Writing

Concentrates on writing professional lay abstracts, introductions, background, aims and hypotheses using students’ own project, grant application or paper.


Preparation of the capstone paper and thesis defense.


Course Descriptions Sample Elective Courses

Advanced Research Methods

CAM research is full of methodological challenges. This advanced course will delve deeper into how to create feasible hypotheses and research aims. It will also expose students to techniques and instrumentation through visits to local labs. Small research projects will be completed to utilize the new skills gained through this class.

Grant Writing

Teaches skills in communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking in order to write successful grant proposals

Research & Skills Courses
(various topics)

Students learn to evaluate published research, including analysis of study designs. Courses are offered in topics such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, mind–body research and nutrition.

Medical Academic 

Practical skills and teaching strategies for students pursuing careers as academic faculty members.

Global Health

An examination of global health issues through the lens of journal and news articles, followed by a discussion of challenges in practicing medicine and targeting research to different areas. Experts in global health from various medical backgrounds bring their perspectives to health policy and medicine from around the globe.

Essential Global Health Skills

This weekend course trains students who plan to travel abroad independently or as part of a course. It covers tropical travel risks and recommendations, travel vaccinations, state department recommendations, waterborne infections, mental health, ethics and cultural competency.

Global Health Experience

In this course, students travel with a faculty member to a foreign country to learn how research is conducted internationally. Country, faculty member, and research topic varies. Student is responsible for paying tuition for the course, as well as for their own airfare, food, lodging and visa expenses.

Health Disparities & Diversity

All health professionals need to recognize and understand how to deal with health diversity and disparities. Partners from worldwide nonprofits will lecture on their experience and discuss how research can target these populations most effectively. Students will visit local low-income clinics and practices.

Environmental Medicine

Experts in the field will discuss toxicology, air and water quality, food standards and other issues.