Professional Certificate in Evidence-Based Research and Informed Practice


Signature Program

The Professional Certificate in Evidence-Based Research and Informed Practice supports the critical analysis of a wide range of integrative health studies. The program provides future and integrative medicine professionals with the foundational knowledge and skills to identify and evaluate the research design and basic statistics and offers practicing holistic health professionals with the core concepts of health research to further contribute to their field as scholars. Learners will develop skills in searching databases, critical reading, and utilization of basic, clinical, epidemiological, and related research. Learners will then find and evaluate published information on health topics of individual interest and will be positioned to summarize and share these findings with their professional community upon completion.

Program Overview

Evidence-Informed Practice involves the process of integrating research evidence, clinical experience, and patient preferences into the art of healthcare decision making. For some practitioners, how to seek, find, and appraise relevant literature to form a body of research evidence is still a challenging task. In this program, participants will learn how to systematically apply the basics of research design, information literacy, and basic medical statistics to search, acquire, and appraise relevant literature on clinical questions. Learners will navigate a study the same way that researchers do to come to comprehensive and thorough evaluations of evidence and will make practical use of the course texts, online tutorials, recent literature, and appraisal tools to guide you along the way.

Program Learning Objectives

By the end of the 5-courses, you will be able to:

  • Identify challenges of research in complementary and integrative healthcare. Recognize different types of research designs and summaries (i.e., qualitative studies, case-control studies, cohort studies, basic science studies, explanatory and pragmatic randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses) and list the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
  • Evaluate the processes involved in asking a specific clinical question and systematically retrieving the relevant literature.
  • Discover how the structure of published literature aids in deconstructing and translating research studies.
  • Use statistical concepts frequently mentioned in healthcare research (i.e., percentages, mean, median, standard deviation, P value, confidence intervals, odds ratio, hazard ratio, and number needed to treat), and to interpret the results of research studies.
  • Practice the concepts behind literature appraisal for validity, relevancy, and bias.

General Program Outline

  • Course 1 – Foundations of Research Design

  • Course 2 – Finding and Selecting Appropriate Evidence

  • Course 3 – Primary Research Evidence Appraisal

  • Course 4 – Understanding Study Results

  • Course 5 – Secondary Research Appraisal and Applications

Pre-requisites & Required Experience

None Required (Integrative Health background recommended)

Who Should Participate?

Complementary and integrative health practitioners or any healthcare clinician or student interested in learning how to conduct evidence-based research and applying evidence-informed practices to improve client/patient outcomes.


Registration Fee(s)

$349 for complete Professional Certificate* *SAVINGS of $50 for certificate package purchase!*

$79 for individual course registration


Refund Policy:  This self-based program is non-refundable upon purchase.

Program Features

  • Lifetime access to the course content for use in professional practice
  • Video lesson presentations and slides
  • PDF course handouts and embedded research resources
  • Certificates of Completion – individual courses and program (upon successful achievement of course activities and assessments)
  • Skills to conduct professional healthcare research and knowledge to apply evidence-informed practice in clinical settings

*CEUs should be verified with the individual professional organization(s) for which you are seeking continuing education credit as this offering may be accepted by various professional certifying boards.

Academic Coordinator

Daryl Nault, MS, MSiMR

Daryl Nault has experience assisting with integrative health studies ranging from basic science bench work and clinical trials to qualitative analysis and systematic reviews. According to Daryl, she centers her interest on exploring “health cognition” to involve the exploration of how and why humans process health information within the confines of one’s minds. She continues to share that this is centered on the appropriate use of secondary data analysis.

Education and Experience

Daryl Nault earned her BA in Psychology at Roanoke College. Her professional career began in mental health, where she remained for several years. During this time, Daryl focused primarily on behavior change techniques. Next, she started a career in fitness and wellness, where she learned and taught nutrition and lifestyle modification strategies. While working full time, Daryl earned a Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. Most recently, she honed her Complementary and Integrative Health research skills at the Helfgott Research Institute (of the National University of Natural Medicine) in Portland, Oregon.

Daryl’s first Masters of Science in Nutrition was earned virtually through the University of Bridgeport. Therefore, she prides herself on the ability to relate to the experiences of some online learners.

Additional Details

*This offering is eligible for the PCE MUIH Community Benefit program. To redeem the benefit:

*Note: Only one promo code may be used at a time.

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