The qualifying examination consists of one research paper the student is required to write, and one critical evaluation of a scientific paper chosen by faculty. The topics will relate to coursework completed thus far. The qualifying examination must be taken by the end of the one year of full-time enrollment in the program (i.e., completed about 13 credits). Students must pass this examination to continue in the program

HEA610 Complementary and Alternative Medicine                                                         3 semester hour credits

This course is designed to provide current and future clinical nutritionists, other healthcare practitioners, students in other healthcare fields, clinical nutrition researchers, and faculty with the tools for appraising and selecting among complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapeutics currently in use in the United States. Students will formulate treatment protocols integrating principles and materials from CAM modalities that enhance treatment outcomes and lower treatment costs.

HEA620 Research in Complementary & Alternative Medicine                     3 semester credit hours

This course explores standards of quality in clinical research on complementary and alternative medicine and therapy.  Students will review various research methodologies, as well as special issues as they apply to herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, prayer, and other therapies with the goal of assessing the quality of evidence to determine best option for patient care.