Winter 2021 Electives All Programs: Now Available

Winter 2020-21

Classes are open to all NUNM graduate/doctoral students who meet course prerequisites.

Classical Chinese Medicine

CM10E Billing Insurance for Chinese Medical Professionals (1 credit)


During this course, students learn how to ethically and sustainably bill insurance. Course topics cover in- and out-of-network billing, benefits, coding, fee schedules, responding to denials, software programs and more. At the end of the course, students should feel confident in their ability to create an insurance bill, submit it for reimbursement, and process payments.

CM25E Shiatsu II (1.5 credit)


Shiatsu II teaches the second half of the short form. In terms of the kata, it covers the front of the body. The front of the body also takes about 45 minutes to do. This course continues the Do-In (Dao-Yin) training with an emphasis on being able to teach it to others. The last part of the course combines the back of the body from Shiatsu I with the front learned in this term to complete the ‘short form.’ The whole shiatsu short form takes about an hour and a half to perform, and constitutes a very thorough and satisfying massage for both the giver and the receiver. Prerequisite(s): CM 15ENote: Additional fee required.

Naturopathic Medicine

NDEB 6331E – Advanced Topics in Botanical Medicine II (3 credits)


These courses build on the required botanical materia medica classes. Studies expand training in plant medicines and the creation of botanical formulas for various disorders. Plant energetics, the most recent research on botanical medicines, and the spiritual and metaphysical aspects of herbs are explored in more depth. Prerequisite(s): THR 5131

NDEC 7351E – Point-of-Care Ultrasound (2.5 credits)


Students learn to use Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) to diagnose common clinical entities in the provider’s office. Students are taught to rule out conditions including, but not limited to: DVT, cholecystitis, AAA, ovarian cysts, hydronephrosis, fractures and pneumonia; and to diagnose various musculoskeletal conditions. Note: Additional fee required.

NDEC 8430E – Gastroenterology Lab (1 credit)


This lab covers techniques used in a functional gastroenterology practice: integrated abdominal exam, gastric pH testing, visceral release and energetic psychology techniques. It is a mixture of both scientifically based and clinically proven techniques. Prerequisite(s): CLS 6230

NDEH 7310E – Homeopathy I (3 credits)


This course series builds on the core homeopathic curriculum and supports the attainment of the homeopathy certificate. The courses are intended to help students advance their understanding and practical application of homeopathy in a clinical setting. Students will further develop their skills in case analysis, symptom and rubric selection, navigation of the computerized repertory, special functions of the computerized repertory, and familiarity with the reportorial language. Prerequisite(s): THR 5131,NDEH 7310E 

NDER 7330E – Natural Childbirth II: Pregnancy (3 credits)


This course initiates specialty training in naturopathic natural childbirth. The emphasis is on the role of prenatal care in assessing and assisting the maintenance of well-being for mother and fetus. Screening skills introduced in Reproductive Systems (CLS 7310) are refined and expanded. Complications of pregnancy are studied along with the continuum of appropriate treatment possibilities, ranging from naturopathic therapeutics to referral for high-risk cases. Prerequisite(s): CLS 7310 

NDER 7331E – Advanced Gynecology: Special Topics (2 credits)


Students learn to assess/evaluate, treat and manage female sexual dysfunction and interstitial cystitis; and receive updated information on menopause regarding HT prescribing, non-HT prescribing and management. Half of the class is focused on breast cancer risk factors, diagnosis, conventional treatment options, and naturopathic treatment as an integrative approach, followed by a class devoted to breast cancer cases. The majority of the course is lecture based, with some interactive cases and a final paper due week 10. Prerequisite(s): CLS 7310

NDER 8430E – Natural Childbirth V: Neonatology (3 credits)


This course educates both the generalist naturopathic student as well as those seeking the midwifery certificate on case management of the mature fetus, and newborn to 12 weeks of age. Lectures include a review of fetal development from 34 weeks gestation, transition anatomy-physiology in the neonate, normal newborn assessment, screening/treatment for newborn anomalies, and neonatal resuscitation. Prerequisite(s): CLS 7310CLS 7330. Note: Additional fee required

NDET 5130E – Bodywork II: Advanced Massage (1 credit)


Bodywork II covers advanced massage techniques—trigger point work and therapeutic touch. Students learn by giving and receiving treatments in supervised hands-on classes. Prerequisite(s): NDET 5120E. Note: Additional fee required

NDET 6230E – Mindful Self-Compassion (2 credits)


This is an eight-week course with a half-day silent retreat designed to explicitly teach skills of self-compassion. This experiential course uses meditations, informal practice, group discussion and dyads, and homework exercises. A variety of guided meditations (loving-kindness, affectionate breathing, giving and receiving meditation [11 meditations total]), informal practices for use in daily life (soothing touch, self-compassionate letter writing, compassionate listening, self-compassion for care givers [18 total]) are taught and practiced. Self-compassion is evoked during the classes using experiential exercises, and home practices are taught to help develop the habit of self-compassion. Students will be asked to incorporate evidence-based literature into reflective journals.

School of Undergraduate/ Graduate Studies


GSA530E/ NU430E Panchakarma (2 credits)


Panchakarma is the Ayurvedic approach to detoxification, cleansing of the body and mind for the conservation of health, rejuvenation, and disease treatment. This course brings an overview of some basic concepts, philosophy of Panchakarma, types of Panchakarma. The course will cover the indications, contraindications, preparatory process for Panchakarma Therapy. The modalities covered in this course include selected techniques of following- personalized application of whole body massage (oleation/body work therapy), Udwartana (massage with dry herbal powder), Kati Basti(oil pulling technique/oil well application for the lower back), Griva basti((oil pulling technique/oil well application for the neck/upper back), Janu basti((oil pulling technique/oil well application for the knee joints), Pinda Swedana (hot pack-sudation therapy) technique, Virechana (purging), and Nasya (nasal drops). Ayurvedic Self-Detoxification methods, detoxifying herbs, foods, will be explored. 

GSA542E/ NU442E Ayurvedic Nutrition (2 credits)


This course explains how to apply the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic nutrition for the self-care and clients such as the Ayurvedic perspective of the digestion, the relationship of Tridosha with digestion and food, the importance of positive approach, food rituals described to avoid indigestion and enhance digestion and mantras, the art and power of mindful eating Ayurvedically. The Ayurvedic classification of foods, preventive nutrition, therapeutic diets, methods of cooking, the effect of food on the mind, body and spirit will also be explored. The course provides overview of hands-on experience with Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition counseling and brings in Instructor’s Cooking videos.


GSN546E Food Allergies and Intolerances (2 credits)


A detailed look at immunological effects of food allergies and intolerances, including potential symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options to reduce health implications.  Prerequisites:  GSN507 and GSN516.

GSN 551E – Therapeutic Diets (2 credits)


A comprehensive examination of commonly prescribed therapeutic diets. Nutrition fundamentals, current research, and popular media views are thoroughly explored. Hands-on preparation sessions provide practical experience with each diet. Prerequisite(s): GSN 507 or GSNO 584.  Note: Additional fee required

GSN 561E Recipe and Menu Development (2 credits)


Learn the steps to developing your own recipes and menus, taking nutrition and culinary creativity into consideration.  Students will become proficient with ingredient/flavor parings, menu modifications, and they will also have a chance to test out their recipes.

GSN579E Preparation for Clinic Nutrition Rotation (2 credits)


This course will provide students with the policies and procedures for practicing at the NUNM clinic(s).  Students will be oriented to the NUNM clinic and complete trainings in OHSA, HIPAA, and first aid and CPR, EPIC.  Additional topics include clinic guidelines, safety and emergency medical procedures, and professionalism.  This is a pre-requisite course for GSN582E Clinical Nutrition Rotation

GSN580E Nutrition Clinical Rotation (2 credits)


In this clinical immersion experience, students will work with patients both individually, and in a group setting, to address nutrition-related concerns.  Specific skills students will utilize include nutrition counseling, nutrition assessment, dietary and menu planning, and case evaluation.  Students will need to successfully complete the Preparation for Nutrition Clinical Shift prior to enrolling in this course.  Prerequisite:  GSN579E

GSN592E Autoimmunity (3 credits)


Autoimmune disease prevalence is increasing worldwide. This increase is contributed to both genetic and environmental factors. In this course, students learn autoimmune disease mechanism, staging, diagnosis and treatment. Nutritional, environmental and physiological (e.g., hormones, neurotransmitters, etc.) effects on autoimmunity are explored using real-life clinical cases. This course includes interviews with naturopathic doctors and nutritionists who work with autoimmune patients. Prerequisite(s): One of the following: CLS 7311 , CM 699 , RES 702 , GSN 546E or NS 322

GSN614E Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry (3 credits)


Learn cutting-edge nutritional biochemistry and systems medicine concepts integrated with clinical nutrition knowledge, and explore the unifying metabolic processes that promote health or cause inflammation, illness and death. Study the interrelationships among the leading chronic diseases and diet composition to advance understanding of disease as the dysregulation of glucose, fatty acid, protein and micronutrient metabolism. Relate the biochemical basis of disease to proactive and preventive nutritional interventions. Prerequisite(s): GSN 514 or equivalent. Note: This course may be taken by students (in advanced standing) in place of GSN 514 with approval of instructor.

Integrative Medicine Research

RES 615E How to Write and Publish Case Studies (2 credits)


This practical course teaches how to conduct case studies and case series. Students use real-world cases to learn to form hypotheses, collect clinical data, analyze data, and write a case report. While this course requires substantial work outside the class, students finish the course with a publishable case report in just 12 weeks.

RES803E Advanced Research Methods (2 credits)


This advanced course delves deeper into how to create feasible hypotheses and research aims. It exposes students to techniques and instrumentation through visits to local labs. Small research projects are completed to utilize the new skills gained through this class. This course is offered in independent study format. Permission from the department chair is required for course registration.

Mental Health

GSMH712E Introduction to LGBTQ Counseling (3 credits)


This course offers an overview of sexual orientation and gender identity with a focus on gaining professional competency for working with LGBTQ clients. Specific topics include LGBTQ history, heteronormativity, the experience of coming out, definitions of terminology used, and how to support LGBTQ clients and their relationships. Students will explore these topics through experiential exercises, psychological research, popular media depictions, and guest lecturers.

GSMH 735E – Military, Veterans and Mental Health (2 credits)


This course serves as an introduction to military culture and language, the struggles some individuals have with reintegration, the unique experiences of female service members and veterans, military Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and military and veteran suicide.

Global Health

GSGH703E Maternal and Child Health (2 credits)


This class focuses on improving the health of mothers, children, youth and families, including socially vulnerable populations, and the environments and policies that affect their well-being.  Students learn about nonprofit organizations, research organizations, public health agencies, and healthcare organizations that focus on maternal and child health.

GSGH706E Conferences in Global Health (2 credits)


To obtain credit for this course, students must attend an academic or professional conference or three local presentations/workshops that focus on global health issues. Several assignments relating to conference or local presentation/workshop content and networking opportunities are required. This course may be repeated once.

GSGH837E Collaborative Global Health Experience (3-6 credits)


This course allows students to substitute an experiential learning course or trip offered by or through a non-NUNM organization, such as Child Family Health International (CFHI), for the required NUNM Global Health Experience course. Students select an opportunity that will provide insight into diverse public health and/or healthcare systems; assist with health-related program development, implementation or evaluation; engage in health-related research or surveillance activities; or participate in other health-related activities. Students work with the global health program chair or their mentor to select an appropriate, structured global health opportunity that will consist of 36 hours per credit (108 hours for three credits) of work or programming and study to satisfy this academic requirement.

IPSL: Global Institute

GUA501E Guatemala One Health: Ecology, Culture, Justice (4.5 credits)


This is an IPSL Institute for Global Learning course offered in Guatemala through a collaboration with Origins of Food®. This class is delivered in a condensed, modular format. As such, this course requires complete participation and engagement on-the-ground for a successful experience. Class content consists of expert lectures, visits to community-based organizations, seminars, guided reflections, and written coursework. The IPSL and Origins of Food course captures in-situ the interconnectedness of people, the environment and animals that we use for food. This topic is examined through a One Health lens, which will be expanded and explored through site visits and hands-on service projects with local Guatemalan farms, cooperatives, and community-based agricultural initiatives. Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

SAF500E Community Organizing and Social Activism (COSA) in South Africa (4.5 credits)


This course unpacks apartheid’s intricacies and impact. It explores apartheid’s footprint on South Africa’s socioeconomic platform and how the country is grappling with much-needed transformation. The course will identify and relate the injustices of apartheid to past and current world injustices and will unpack how the human condition needs to change in order to eradicate all injustices. Coursework is complemented by volunteering in a community project and engagement with diverse cultures and viewpoints. Students reflect on national and international practices using the curriculum framework and drawing on literature and discussions with South Africans. The focus of this course is to explore community organizing and social activism in South Africa with the goal of learning how to effectively translate these ideas and techniques into a concrete knowledge of social activism (including a practical tool set and the development of a personal ethic of advocacy) that can be applied across cultures, countries, and efforts. The course starts with an overview of social change institutions, explores the history and ethics of international service and moves to the examination of past and current political and social movements and advocacy efforts in South Africa. Students will learn the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning in an African context. This course complements IPSL community service placements and helps students make sense of their international experience in order to develop their intercultural competence. Topics are examined through the prism of hands-on community service in African NGOs and other non-profits and include intercultural communication, the mechanics of African non-profits/NGOs, citizenship in Africa, local civic engagement/advocacy efforts and the exploration of civil society. Prerequisite: Instructor Approval