here, I cite from an announcement by the National College of Natural Medicine [NCNM] regarding their new supposedly "scientific" graduate degree [see 001., below]; but, other graduate degrees at NCNM are scientific nonsense so watch out [see 002., below]:
001. NCNM writes in the email mailing "NCNM Master's of Science Degree in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR)" (I received this 2011-06-21; my comments are in bold):
"National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) [is] introducing the Master’s of Science Degree in Integrative Medicine Research (MSiMR) [...a] new MS program[...] designed for medical professionals and those interested in a strong foundation in research and study design [...] this program aims to train evidence-based clinicians [etc....] it combines course subjects from the standard master of public health (MPH) and master of clinical research programs (MCR) with a CAM research literature and scientific base [...] the Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research blends the scientific rigor of the MPH and MCR with the natural medicine content [...]";
science, science, science. But, is wine plus mud still wine?
"the curriculum for the Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research begins with two core courses that provide a foundation in natural medicine research. The Introduction to Research course is a medical research literature survey course that not only provides students with an overview of seminal natural medicine research studies but also teaches them how to critically evaluate research literature [...] Research Practicum is the foundational research skills-building course wherein students are trained in scientific methods [...]";
again, science and supposed criticality.
"interested in learning more about this exciting new degree? Please see the attached flyer or contact the Office of Admissions at 503.552.1660 / 877.669.8737 or firstname.lastname@example.org."
this is commerce, of course: they require payment for what is offered.
Note: NCNM has details up at their web site here.
002. science claims upon the science-ejected / science-exterior, for decades:
it is not difficult to find NCNM's naturopathy description, which does this [labeling the science-ejected vitalistic and the science-exterior supernatural falsely 'within science'].
it is also not difficult to find NCNM's classical Chinese medicine description which claims that CCM as a science lives in its own private science Idaho per "an independent science that has its own parameters and does not require validation by other scientific systems."
003. overall note:
this new science graduate degree just looks like more sectarian nonsense disguising itself as science when actually NOT.
so take care with your future: in "natural medicine"-land, nonsciences are falsely posed as sciences and traded upon quite deceptively.
if you study them long enough, and I've watch NCNM particularly for decades, you can unravel the HUGE absurdity:
that nonscience can be categorically within science as a category.