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 with lab required.
    General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level with lab required.
    • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.

    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)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSiMR*
    Credits 31
    Cost/Credit $435
    Tuition $13,485
    Fees** $1,250
    Total $14,735

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSiMR program.

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      60

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      68

    • 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.

      General Biology 2 Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
      General Chemistry 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 Must include mechanics.
      Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
      English Composition 1
      Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
      Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      • General Biology — 2 Courses
        Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
      • General Chemistry — 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
        Must include mechanics.
      • Mathematics — 2 Courses
        Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
      • English Composition — 1 Course
      • Psychology — 1 Course
        Human psychology covering the life span.
      • Social Sciences — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      • Humanities — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

      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)

      Estimated Program Cost

      First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
      Credits 82.75
      Cost/Credit $435
      Tuition $35,996
      Fees** $777
      Total $36,773

      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

      Total ND Degree Credits

      • Core program credits

        286

      • Elective credits

        16

      • Total required credits

        302

        Total MSiMR Degree Credits

        • Core program credits

          60

        • Elective credits

          8

        • Total required credits

          68

        • 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 with lab required.
          General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
          Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
          Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
          English Composition 1
          Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
          Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
          • General Biology — 1 Course
            Science-major level with lab required.
          • 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 math-based statistics.
          • English Composition — 1 Course
          • Psychology — 1 Course
            Human psychology covering the life span.
          • Social Sciences — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          • Humanities — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

          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)

          Estimated Program Cost

          First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
          Credits 56.75
          Cost/Credit $435
          Tuition $24,686
          Fees** $1,567
          Total $26,253

          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

          ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

          The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

          Total DSOM Degree Credits

          • Core program credits

            257

          • Elective credits

            10

          • Total required credits

            267

            Total MSiMR Degree Credits

            • Core program credits

              60

            • Elective credits

              8

            • Total required credits

              68

            • 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 with lab required.
              General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
              Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
              English Composition 1
              Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
              • General Biology — 1 Course
                Science-major level with lab required.
              • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
                Science-major level preferred with lab.
              • Mathematics — 2 Courses
                Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
              • English Composition — 1 Course
              • Psychology — 1 Course
                Human psychology covering the life span.

              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 prepare and submit a single Personal Statement that addresses the four following tasks: 1) Provide your definition of global health; 2) Explain your interest in the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and the Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) Program; 3) Describe your academic and/or professional preparation, thus far, for a career in global health; and 4) Identify how you intend to integrate training and practice in global health into your future career plans. Please note any relevant strengths or weaknesses in your background or in your ability to carry out your academic and/or professional responsibilities. (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)

              Estimated Program Cost

              First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScGH*
              Credits 35.5
              Cost/Credit $435
              Tuition $15,443
              Fees** $2,250
              Total $17,693

              * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

              ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScGH program.

              The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

              Total MScGH Degree Credits

              • Core program credits

                50

              • Elective credits

                12

              • Total required credits

                62

                Total MSiMR Degree Credits

                • Core program credits

                  60

                • Elective credits

                  8

                • Total required credits

                  68

                • 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 with lab required.
                  General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
                  Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
                  English Composition 1
                  Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
                  • General Biology — 1 Course
                    Science-major level with lab required.
                  • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
                    Science-major level preferred with lab.
                  • Mathematics — 2 Courses
                    Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
                  • English Composition — 1 Course
                  • Psychology — 1 Course
                    Any general psychology course 100-level or higher

                  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)

                  Estimated Program Cost

                  First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScN*
                  Credits 33
                  Cost/Credit $435
                  Tuition $14,355
                  Fees** $660
                  Total $15,015

                  * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

                  ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScN program.

                  The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                  Total MScN Degree Credits

                  • Core program credits

                    49

                  • Elective credits

                    15

                  • Total required credits

                    64

                    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

                    • Core program credits

                      60

                    • Elective credits

                      8

                    • Total required credits

                      68

                    • 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 with lab required.
                      General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
                      Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
                      Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
                      English Composition 1
                      Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
                      Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
                      Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                      • General Biology — 1 Course
                        Science-major level with lab required.
                      • 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 math-based statistics.
                      • English Composition — 1 Course
                      • Psychology — 1 Course
                        Human psychology covering the life span.
                      • Social Sciences — 1 Course
                        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
                      • Humanities — 1 Course
                        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

                      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)

                      Estimated Program Cost

                      First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM*
                      Credits 43.25
                      Cost/Credit $435
                      Tuition $18,814
                      Fees** $1,567
                      Total $20,381

                      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

                      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSOM program.

                      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                      Total MSOM Degree Credits

                      • Core program credits

                        213

                      • Elective credits

                        6

                      • Total required credits

                        219

                        Total MSiMR Degree Credits

                        • Core program credits

                          60

                        • Elective credits

                          8

                        • Total required credits

                          68

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