HEA550 Qualifying Examination
0 semester hour credit (non-credit)

(Prerequisite: Completion of core courses)

This Qualifying Examination consists of one 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 after the completion of the Core Courses. Students must pass this examination to continue in the program.

HEA550 Qualifying Examination
1 semester hour credit

(Prerequisite: Completion of core courses)

The Qualifying Examination consists of one critique, one review, and one research paper of a scientific paper chosen by the student and approved by the instructor via email. The topics will relate to coursework completed thus far. The qualifying examination must be taken after the completion of the Core Courses. Students must pass this examination to continue in the program.

HEA610 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
3 semester hour credits

Complementary and Alternative Medicine 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 and around the world. Students will formulate treatment protocols integrating principles and materials from CAM modalities that enhance treatment outcomes and lower treatment costs.

HEA620 Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
3 semester hour credits

Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine explores standards of quality in clinical research on complementary and alternative medicine. 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. Students will also conduct a research project and write a final research report on a CAM topic using HUHS' Graduate Research Handbook and Dissertation Guide as a guide.

HEA650 Comprehensive Examination
0 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Completion of all core, concentration, and elective courses)

The comprehensive examination consists of essay questions, research papers, article critiques, or combinations of them specifically designed by the faculty to test each student’s skills and knowledge developed throughout their concentration courses.

Nutritional Medicine I with Trichology
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Trichology Assessment)

This course is designed to provide all healthcare practitioners with scientific evidence for the use of diet, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other significant natural metabolites (example CoQ10) in the management and treatment of chronic and acute health conditions. Students in this course will learn how four commonly seen, however, frequently missed health disorders set in motion the pathogenesis of most chronic health conditions seen today. Students will examine the importance of the fundamentals of diet, food preparation, and therapeutic nutritional agents, which provide the building blocks for managing and treating acute and chronic health conditions. The course will also explore nutrition and certain disorders as they relate to trichology. 

Nutritional Medicine II with Trichology
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Nutritional Medicine I)

Nutritional Medicine II (with trichology) is designed to provide a foundation for all healthcare practitioners with a scientific background for the use of diet, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other significant natural metabolites (example CoQ10) in the management and treatment of chronic and acute health conditions. This course is a continuum of Nutritional Medicine I. Students in this course will learn several treatment options for cardiovascular disease, pulmonary diseases, intestinal disorders, liver diseases, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, rheumatologic and connective tissue disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, renal diseases, urological disorders, endocrine disorders, pediatric disorders, and genetic disorders.

The trichology component of this course is part of the specialized topic portion of the D.Sc. program and is comprised of topics specific to trichology not normally offered in the curriculum.

NUT712 Nutritional Medicine III
3 semester hour credits
(Prerequisite: Nutritional Medicine II)

Nutritional Medicine III (with trichology) is designed to provide a foundation for all healthcare practitioners with a scientific background for the use of diet, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and other significant natural metabolites (example CoQ10) in the management and treatment of chronic and acute health conditions. This course is a continuum of Nutritional Medicine II (with trichology). Students in this course will learn several treatment options for dermatological diseases, gynecological disorders, pregnancy complications, ophthalmologic conditions, oral diseases, otolaryngological disorders, hematological disorders, infections, diseases, and other miscellaneous conditions. Nutritional influences on various medical modalities such as radiation therapy, surgery, and anesthesiology will also be covered.

The trichology component of this course is part of the specialized topic portion of the D.Sc. program and is comprised of topics specific to trichology not normally offered in the curriculum.

HEA750 Dissertation Seminar
2 semester credit hours
(Prerequisite: Comprehensive Examination)

The purpose of this graduate seminar is to prepare doctoral students for conducting their individual research projects and writing their dissertations during the Capstone course. This course presents an overview of the research process and the typical components of the proposal and final report. The course includes an in-depth exploration and individualized discussion of potential topics, research methodologies, sampling methods, data analyses, and other aspects of research design and statistical analysis in preparation for the culminating project. 

HEA850 Capstone Project
12 semester hour credits
(Divided into 3 sections - Section A, Section B, and Section C)

The Capstone Project is the culminating experience of the D.Sc. in Integrative Healthcare degree for both areas of concentration. The capstone project challenges doctoral students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program to their professional careers. Students are encouraged to select a research topic of interest that will result in professional growth and career advancement. An applied research project is conducted and presented in the form of a doctoral dissertation. A formal presentation of the project and acceptance by the University are required.