The qualifying examination consists of one essay 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 by the end of the one year of full-time enrollment in the program (i.e., completed about 13 credits). Students must pass this examination to continue in the program.

HEA650 Comprehensive Examination

2 semester credit hours

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.

HEA610 Complementary and Alternative Medicine  

3 semester hour credits

This course 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. Students will formulate treatment protocols integrating principles and materials from CAM modalities that enhance treatment outcomes and lower treatment costs.

HEA701 Human Pathology

3 semester credit hours

This course provides a comprehensive examination of human pathology with emphasis on mechanisms of disease and clinical manifestations. Diseases processes are explored in depth through analyses of cases, scholarly literature and research, and clinical applications.

HEA750 Dissertation Seminar
2 semester credit hours

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. 

HEA620 Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

3 semester credit hours

This course explores standards of quality in clinical research on complementary and alternative medicine and therapy.  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.