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Finding the Research for Evidence-based Practice


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Program Title: Professional Certificate in Evidence-Based Research and Informed Practice

Format:  On-Demand, Self-paced tutorial format

Course Developer:  Daryl Nault, MS, MSiMR

Category: Professional and Continuing Education – Professional Certificate

Location: Online

Credential: Certificate of Completion

CEUs: Various professional organizations and boards may accept this offering for continuing education requirements. Please verify with your respective relevant professional organization and email with questions.

Registration Fee(s): 

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

$79 for individual module registration

Who should participate:

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

Pre-requisites:  Prior courses in the Professional Certificate Program are recommended

Certificate Program Description:

This program supports critical analysis of a wide-range of integrative health studies. It provides future integrative medicine professionals with the foundational knowledge and skills to identify and evaluate research design and basic statistics. You will develop skills in searching databases as well as critical reading and utilization of basic, clinical, epidemiological, and related research, as well as find and evaluate published information on health topics, then summarize and share these findings.

Professional Certificate in Evidence-Based Research and Informed Integrative Practice Introduction:

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 course, you 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. You’ll navigate a study the same way that researchers do to come to comprehensive and thorough evaluations of evidence. We will make use of the course texts, online tutorials, recent literature, and appraisal tools to help you along the way.

Certificate Learning Outcomes:

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

1.      Identify challenges of research in complementary and integrative healthcare

2.      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

3.      Understand the processes involved in asking a specific clinical question and systematically retrieving the relevant literature.

4.      Know how the structure of published literature aids in deconstructing and translating research studies.

5.      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.

6.      Understand the concepts behind literature appraisal for validity, relevancy, and bias. 

7.      Gain a foundational understanding of evidence-based summary research including the strengths and limitations of summary resources in complementary and integrative health practice.


Course 2 – Finding and Selecting Appropriate Evidence

This is the second of 5 courses required to earn the Professional Certificate in Evidence-Based Research and Informed Integrative Practice. This second course, Finding and Selecting Appropriate Evidence, focuses on asking the right questions, searching for evidence, and ultimately weeding through search returns to determine whether the information found applies to practice. You will review PubMed tutorials to become familiarized with the PubMed search process. The resources have been designed to walk you through the process of asking a clinical question, molding that question into a search, and deciding what evidence is appropriate to your original research questions.

Upon completion of Finding and Selecting Appropriate Evidence, you will be able to:

1.      Identify the PICO format in the design of clinical questions.


2.      Understand how a PICO-formatted question is converted into effective search terms suitable for a Clinical Query.

3.      Select an appropriate PubMed Clinical Query for a clinical question.

4.      Differentiate between MeSH terms, booleans, and filters in a PubMed search.

5.      Screen abstracts from a database-generated list for relevancy.

6.      Evaluate the appropriateness of a search return using study titles and abstracts.

7.      Discern the usefulness of different types of research in answering a clinical question.


What you will get:

  • Lifetime access to the course content for use in practice
  • Course handouts and resources
  • Certificate of Completion (upon successful achievement of program assessments)
  • Skills and knowledge to learn how to conduct research grounded in evidence and how 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.

Course Developer Bio:  Daryl Nault, MS, MSiMR

Research Background

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. Her most recent publication is a Comparative Analysis on reporting discrepancies between media and scientific health research. It can be accessed here: 

Nault D, Beccia A, Ito H, Kashdan S, Senders A. Health Information Discrepancies Between Internet Media and Scientific Papers Reporting on Omega-3 Supplement Research: Comparative Analysis. Interact J Med Res 2018;7(2):e15. PMID: 30274960. URL:

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 Masters 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. 


Offering Details:

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

·        MUIH Employees and Current MUIH Students, retrieve promo codes for use upon enrollment through MyMUIH at MUIH PCE Benefits

·        MUIH Alumni, email with your name and course/program of interest to request a promo code upon verification of alumni status.

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

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