Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research

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If you’re drawn to making a mark in medicine through NUNM’s culture of collaborative research and scholarship, our Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) degree is one of the few programs in the country that allows students to study integrative medicine using rigorous research methods. There’s a reason that the National Institutes of Health funds NUNM’s scientific investigations—we have some of the most respected complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) physician-researchers in the country teaching our students. Through cross-disciplinary coursework and hands-on research experience, we train students for multiple research career paths. Our students develop natural medicine research protocols from our expert faculty and also work alongside scientists from all fields, including local and national institutions.

Attend NUNM and discover skills that can be applied to basic science, clinical or public health research. Our students tailor their research projects to focus on their personal interests, and have included a dietary supplement and exercise study, the effects of peat mud pack therapy on osteoarthritis, and a global health study on the obstetrics practices of West African women in birthing. Our students choose from a variety of elective courses that give them practical experiences as they work on innovative research projects that allow them to develop theses, publish case studies, and exhibit at conferences locally and nationally. Make your mark in research—your future awaits you!

Program Outcomes

Our graduates are skilled in research methodology, study design, data collection and analysis. Their skill sets allow them to contribute high-quality studies that are relevant—and necessary—to the real-world practice of integrative medicine. They develop the assurance and confidence to employ integrative medicine research and scientific integrity while cultivating an exciting career in integrative medicine.

Student Experience

“NUNM is exactly where I want to be,” says Josh Corn, ND, MSiMR (Research), as he talks about his experience at NUNM and training in naturopathic medicine and integrative medicine research.

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Faculty Highlight

Heather Zwickey, PhD

Dr. Zwickey fell in love with research when she was in the 4th grade and studied the healing power of Aloe vera. Inspired, Dr. Zwickey earned her degree in immunology and has studied infectious disease, autoimmunity, and cancer. “Doing research at National University of Natural Medicine is perfect,” says Dr. Zwickey. “Natural medicine is all about stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself – and that’s the immune system.” At NUNM, Dr. Zwickey studies nutrition, herbs, supplements, and mind-body therapies.

Training students and junior faculty in research methodology is a passion of Dr. Zwickey. She is currently the principal investigator of the NIH-funded training grant called Bridging Research Across Interdisciplinary Gaps (BRIDG). She teaches the foundational research courses, as well as Evidence Informed Practice, and Immunology in the ND program, and Chinese Medicine program. She also teaches specialty courses in Vaccines and Gut Immunology. Dr. Zwickey’s personal research interest regards the role of the gut-brain axis in Parkinson’s Disease. She’s the author of a book entitled, “Eating Better for Parkinson’s Disease.”

Dr. Zwickey earned a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University where she also taught medical school. In, 2002, Dr. Zwickey was recruited to NUNM, where she launched the Helfgott Research Institute. She was the founding dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Program Options

The Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for MSiMR

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    A GPA of 3.2 or higher

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MSiMR Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MSiMR: Background and Goals

      Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

  • ND/MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MSiMR

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    Biological Sciences 2 Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
    Chemical Sciences 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
    General Physics 1
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    Social Sciences & Humanities 2 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • Biological Sciences — 2 Courses
      Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
    • Chemical Sciences — 4 Courses
      Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
    • General Physics — 1 Course
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
    • Social Sciences & Humanities — 2 Courses
      Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MSiMR Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • ND: Primary Care

      While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc. (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR: Background and Goals

      Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

  • DSOM/MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MSiMR

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
    Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Physics — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
    • Humanities — 1 Course
      Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MSiMR Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MSiMR: Background and Goals

      Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

  • MScGH/MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for MScGH/MSiMR

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScGH/MSiMR Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScGH Personal Statement

      Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree. (2000 words max, double spaced)

    • MSiMR: Background and Goals

      Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

  • MScN/MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for MScN/MSiMR

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScN/MSiMR Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScN: Career Goals

      Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR: Background and Goals

      Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

  • MSOM/MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MSiMR

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
    Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Physics — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
    • Humanities — 1 Course
      Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MSOM/MSiMR Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • MSOM #2

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MSiMR: Background and Goals

      Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)