Program Objectives

Program Objectives

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the didactic course work required under the CAM research training program, trainees should be able to:

1. demonstrate the fundamental skills, methodology, theories, and knowledge needed for well prepared, independent, CAM researchers that include abilities to:

  • formulate research questions for CAM projects;
  • develop testable hypotheses for the question/s to which answers are being sought; and
  • demonstrate fundamental knowledge in health statistics, including basic analysis, descriptive statistics, estimation, hypothesis testing, and sample size calculation;


2. demonstrate knowledge of the steps in research project development and the importance of sound planning for clinical trials or basic science studies investigating mechanisms of action;


3. demonstrate skill in data input, inspection, and computations;


4. apply modern biostatistical modeling techniques to uncover shape and strength of the relationship between variables and outcomes;


5. critique study results reported in the literature to determine which results come from sound studies;


6. discuss techniques for the evaluation of health outcomes from CAM therapies from the perspectives of consumers/patients, physicians, nurses, and other health care providers, and society;


7. demonstrate knowledge of the legal, cultural, ethical, and social issues related to CAM research;


8. discuss federal policies and regulations that address research with human subjects or animals;


9. demonstrate evidence of skills in using the Internet to locate reliable CAM evidence, to share or access data and technologies; and


10. demonstrate skill in scientific writing through the development of a competitive CAM-related research proposal.