CAM Coursework

CAM Coursework

Available CAM Coursework

Core Courses:

  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Disease
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Statistical Computing & Graphics
  • Biostatistical Modeling
  • Clinical Trials Methodology
  • Health Care Economics
  • Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Therapies
  • Herbal Medicines & Other Natural Products
  • Technology & Outcomes Evaluation 
  • Foundations of Bioethics 
  • Research Ethics 
  • Introduction to Critical Literature Review & Scientific Writing 
  • Proposal Development Seminar I & II 

While we categorize the above courses as 'core,' we maintain flexibility in our CAM research training program because there may be those CAM trainees who bring strong backgrounds in a particular course(s) and thus do not /will not need to repeat the didactic experience and may select another course that could strengthen his/her preparation.


Didactic Courses Available as Elective Courses:

  • Introduction to Health Informatics 
  • Health Care Policy & Management 
  • Survey Research Methods 
  • Research Ethics & Human Experimentation 


There are more than adequate opportunities through which trainees, who represent diverse multidisciplinary backgrounds, can develop the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in CAM research. Other specific categories of didactic courses available include those related to learning computer skills important to research activities.


Coursework Available to Enhance Effective Use of the Internet & Computers in Research:

Coursework in the form of workshops conducted by expert trainers within the Department of Information, Technology and Communication are available to trainees on an individual basis to ensure that the CAM researchers are computer literate to the extent necessary for their future research activities. We direct trainees to the list of courses/workshops available on an ongoing basis so that we can facilitate individual enrollment in those that each trainee self-assesses the need to gain skill. Workshop topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Microsoft Access, Word fundamentals, Word basics, PowerPoint fundamentals through advanced; Elements of Data Base Design; Internet Standards, Netscape Composer, UNIX Basics; Web Design by Example, Web Advanced Hands-On, Photoshop Fundamentals, and Reference Management. While not all trainees identify the need for these computer courses, others welcome a structured environment in which to gain these important research-related skills.


Seminar Series:

In addition to the electivecourses, the CAM research training program offers a variety of seminar series that enhances the research environment in which the research training occurs. These seminars occur on a bi-weekly basis and invited speakers typically are accomplished members of the health evaluation community and/or are successful investigators or CAM practitioners. A nationally or an internationally recognized investigator from outside of the University of Virginia speaks each month as part of the series. The Medical Center Hour held each Wednesday features a number of CAM-related topics.  A journal club keeps trainees abreast of the literature in selected areas of CAM.