Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete 30 credits of coursework, including 27 credits of required courses and a 3 credit practicum. The practicum is completed during the summer term.

Student can take elective courses in addition to the 30 credits. The recommended electives are listed below. However, students have the flexibility to select other courses and really tailor the program to fit their interest.


   12 Required Courses (27 credits)

   Practicum Requirement (3 Credits)


Fall Required Courses

In addition to the fall required courses listed below, students are required to take PBIO 703 – Seminars in Physiology, Biophysics, and Integrative Medicine for 0.5 credits.

5 Credits
Course Instructors: Drs. Michael Lumpkin and Jennifer Whitney and Staff.

This graduate course covers the major areas of human physiology, including neurophysiology, cardiovascular physiology, endocrinology, gastrointestinal physiology, renal physiology and respiratory physiology. It is team taught by the faculty of the Division of Integrative physiology and the Medical Center. 

4 Credits
Course Instructor: Dr. Hakima Amri

Students will have an overview of the most commonly used CAM modalities in the US centered around the five domains of Complementary, Integrative and Alternative Medicine. These include the Alternative Medical Systems (traditional Chinese medicine, Unani medicine, Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy); Mind-Body Medicine (techniques designed to facilitate the mind’s capacity to affect the physical body’s functions in health and illness, such as meditation, yoga, and MBSR); Manual Therapies (osteopathy, massage, and chiropractic); Energy-Based Therapies (biofeedback, acupuncture); and Biologically-based therapies (herbal medicine and dietary supplements). It will present theory and principles of CAM practices and train students to critically evaluate evidence of their efficacy and safety. This course is designed for graduate students in biomedical disciplines.

2 Credits
Course Instructors: Scott Dorris, MLIS and Grant Connors, MLS, AHIP

This course provides an overview of the components involved in the practice of Evidence – Based Medicine (EBM) with an emphasis on developing life-long skills in information retrieval and research literacy. Students will learn how to find the evidence, by practicing how to effectively search the literature, using appropriate resources. Additionally, students will become familiar with common study designs and associated statistical concepts, in order to evaluate the quality of the evidence. Throughout the course, the application of EBM for CAM will be emphasized. By the end of the course, students will model the steps of the EBM process, engage in opportunities to practice and demonstrate their proficiency. This course will serve as a foundation and provide context for the Biostatistics and Assessing the Evidence in CAM courses, offered in the spring semester.

2 Credits
Course Instructors: Scott Dorris, MLIS and Grant Connors, MLS, and Dr. Jessica Jones and Staff AHIP

BCHB 501 is a graduate level biochemistry course covering a range of topics across four units. These include: Thermodynamics, Acid base Chemistry, Protein Structure and Function (Unit 1); Membranes, DNA structure, Chromatin, Transcription, RNA Processing and Stability (Unit 2); Translation, Small RNAs, DNA Replication, Recombination and Repair (Unit 3); and Intermediary Metabolism (Unit Met. 4). Students also participate in problem solving workshops and active learning exercises to emphasize the topics covered in lecture. The class may be taken for 2, 3 or 4 credits depending on the number units attended.

0 Credits
Instructor: Mrs. Nancy Harazduk and Staff

This course utilizes experiential learning modalities to promote self-awareness, stress management and self-care. Enrollment requires permission of the instructor. Graded P/F. Mind-Body Medicine Program

1 Credit
Instructors: Dr. Barry Wolfe

This course presents an overview of some aspects of pharmacology. It begins with basic principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Neuropharmacology, including the autonomic nervous system and the central nervous system are then covered. Cardiovascular pharmacology and its central control is discussed. Finally, there is a specialized discussion of the role of voltage and ligand-gated channels in controlling cellular function.

Spring Required Courses

In addition to the spring required courses listed below, students are required to take PBIO 704 – Seminars in Physiology, Biophysics, and Integrative Medicine for 0.5 credits.

3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Orceyre

This lecture-based course will cover the clinical applications of nutrition including the impact of various diets on health and wellness. It will also include discussion of dietary supplements, botanicals and lifestyle modifications in health and disease.

3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Anca Dragomir

This course is designed for introductory biostatistical theory and application for students pursuing a master’s degree in fields outside of the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Biomathematics. Students first learn the four pillars of exploring and displaying data appropriately, exploring relationships between two variables, issues of gathering sample data, and understanding randomness and probability. On these pillars, students then can develop the platform for statistical inference including proportions and means, multiple regression, and ANOVA.

2 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Hakima Amri

This course covers the scientific basis for the use of CAM therapies in the most prevalent pathophysiological states in Western countries. Using a systems physiology approach and the concept of homeostasis-allostasis to bring the body into balance, students will be exposed to didactic presentations complemented by discussion sessions on the state of use, efficacy, and safety of CAM therapies, based on the available and relevant scientific literature.

2 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Michael Lumpkin

Mind-Body Medicine and the closely related field of biofeedback are areas of CAM for which there is a significant scientific literature. This course will explore major areas of interest in Mind-Body Medicine.

2 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Giordano

This course will build on the Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine course offered on the Fall (PBIO 521), by focusing on the primary methods for evidence acquisition and discrimination, types of evidence and their relative utility, and the ethical, legal and practical considerations. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the application of EBM principles to complementary and integrative medicine.

Recommended Electives

PBIO 533: Complementary & Alternative Medicine Field Practicum
3 credits | Summer
Course Instructors: Dr. Hakima Amri

PBIO 535: Reflective Writing and Self-Awareness through Personal Essays
1 credit | Spring Semester
Course Instructors: Dr. Pamela Saunders

PBIO 539: Bioethics of Clinical Practice and Research in Complementary & Alternative Medicine
1 credit | Spring Semester
Course Instructors: Professor Jonathan Missner

PBIO 540: Western Practice of Eastern Medicine
1 credit | Spring Semester
Course Instructors: Drs. Leonard Wisneski & Julie Staples

PBIO 532: Complementary & Alternative Medicine Literature Research
1 – 2 credits | Fall, Spring, Summer
Course Instructors: Dr. Hakima Amri & Aviad Haramati

PBIO 604: Critical Readings in Complementary and Integrative Medicine
1 credit | Spring
Course Instructors: Dr. Hakima Amri

PBIO 608: Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Oncology
1 credit | Spring Semester
Course Instructors: Dr. Joanna Kitlinska

PBIO 909: CAM Research Techniques
1 – 3 credits | Fall, Spring, Summer
Course Instructors: Dr. Hakima Amri

BHCB 577: Biochemistry: A Case Oriented Approach
1 credit | Fall
Course Instructors: Dr. Sona Vasudevan & Dr. Hakima Amri

LAWJ 065: Alternative and Complementary Medicine, The Legal Issues
3 credits | Fall Semester
Course Instructors: Professor Jonathan Missner