Careers in Research

Students who complete the Master of Science to Clinical Research (MSCR) degree can expect career opportunities in integrative medicine, research and public health settings. Students who complete both the MSCR and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine or the Master of Acupuncture will be prepared to become clinician researchers. Students who graduate with a doctoral degree may pursue post-doctoral fellowships in CAM research with the ultimate goal of managing their own research studies. Armed with their research skills, these dual degree graduates will also be better prepared to be evidence-based clinicians. See also grant and scholarship opportunities.

Graduates can go on to:

  • Careers in clinical research groups at private institutions or medical schools.
  • Join the growing field of health media, using their skills to critically analyze research literature in combination with strong writing and public speaking skills.
  • Pursue a career in public health, serving others by confronting health issues such as health care access, infectious disease and environmental health.

Sample Career Options

The samples below provide a snapshot of local job opportunities that MSCR graduates have the appropriate skills to pursue.

Job Title

Required Skills

Research Associate
$37,128 – $78,438
IRB Analyst
$40,000 – $55,000
Experience reading, interpreting and applying human subjects’ research protection rules, regulations and policies in support of an IRB project. One year of work experience in a similar or related position. Proficiency in MS Office products. Attention to detail
Operations &
Policy Analyst 3

(HAI Reporting Coordinator)
$52,200 – $76,452
Bachelor degree in business or public administration, behavioral or social sciences, finance, or any degree related to public heath. Four years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work related to public health.
Project Manager 1
(Project Coordinator)
$43,824 – $64,092
Three years of technical-level administrative experience such as administrative or research assistant. At least one of the required years must have included project coordination or administration.
Principal Executive / Manager

(Center for Prevention and Health Promotion)
$79,956 – $117,756
Six years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

  • development of program rules and policies,
  • development of long and short range goals and plans,
  • program evaluation, and
  • budget preparation.
PhD, MD, or DSc in a health-related science, or demonstrated knowledge of public health and prevention-related programs by being a principal investigator on a successful, federally-funded public health grant.

Experience developing and implementing public health policy, systems and environmental change at the national, state and/or local level. Experience developing effective partnership strategies to direct the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of public health policies, programs