RES 501

Assessment and Integration of Research Online
Holistic Medicine


Research is the systematic process of collecting and analyzing information to increase our understanding of the phenomenon under study. It is the function of the researcher to contribute to the understanding of the phenomenon and to communicate that understanding to others.


This graduate-level course is designed to give students a solid theoretical understanding of the types of research study designs, statistical evaluation methods, and presentation of findings. Students will learn to locate, assess, and integrate and write about research.

There are two main objectives for this course: To understand how research is designed, implemented and evaluated, and to learn how to write a comprehensive and cohesive research paper.

This course is divided into two sections, culminating in a formal research paper:

  • Part One:  Research begins with a research problem or hypothesis, which is examined by first exploring the current literature and then using the correct research design and the proper data analysis. It concludes with reporting the results of research. Our class will explore each of these steps in detail, along with a discussion of ethics in medical research. We will learn which research designs work best for evaluating CAM.
  • Part Two: Many graduate courses will have a research paper component. Your paper provides the opportunity to research a topic, use the scientific method to support your theories, gain experience constructing professional-level arguments and writing, and use the formatting common in scientific journals (e.g., APA).

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have:

  • A strong theoretical understanding of the general tools of research, general procedures of how to find a research topic and how to put together a comprehensive statement of the research problem, the importance of literature review, key aspects of research, and how theory and ethics impact our choices
  • A solid knowledge base of research theory, with the capacity to distinguish, compare, and contrast measurement issues that affect research and clinical practice, experimental, exploratory and descriptive research designs, application of statistical procedures, and comparing quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • The ability to critically assess basic and clinical scientific studies examining complementary and alternative medicine
  • The ability to apply statistical techniques for analyzing quantitative data, summarize and interpret statistical data, and find patterns and meaning in numerical data
  • The ability to apply standard technical details (style, format, and organization consistent with the American Psychological Association) when preparing a research paper

Maximum Enrollment: 20 students

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping within the United States—is $118. This includes:

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $100

The Required Publisher Textbooks*:

Total Course Price: $1425 (3 credits x $475 per credit) + $118 Course Pack + $280.85 Textbooks = $1823.85

Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

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Tuition Includes:

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office.
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
  • Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.

Optional Recommended Reading

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Last updated 10/9/16