MS Integrative & Functional Nutrition

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Integrative and Functional Nutrition – where Science and Self Meet

First Class Starts January 2015

The next generation of nutrition professionals is poised to combine the established science of nutrition with the emerging fields of integrative and functional medicine. This combination offers perspectives and clinical approaches to more effectively address the underlying root causes and imbalances for conditions ranging from obesity and high blood pressure to depression and chronic pain.  Department of Labor Statistics show significant expected job growth for healthcare providers over the next 10 years, and with the knowledge, skills, and competencies that this program offers, you will prepare yourself to be highly competitive in the field.   

The field of integrative and functional nutrition provides an advanced science-based perspective and recognizes the body as an integrated function of biology, environment and behavior. It builds upon basic biological and nutritional sciences, clinical nutrition assessment, and personalized nutrition therapies in order to achieve optimal health, healing and vitality. Nutrition practitioners that have strong science-based training in integrative and functional nutrition, and the psychological and holistic understanding of integrative care will position themselves as key contributors to healthcare-related interdisciplinary teams. 

You have the passion and the key insights to join this vanguard: all you need is the right set of skills and the understanding of how to apply those skills in practice.  Grounded in hard science and emphasizing a patient-centered care focus that makes healthcare most effective, this unique Master's degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition will help take your career in healthcare to a new, more professionally and personally fulfilling level.  

Key to Saybrook's curriculum is your access to the expertise and attention of the School of Mind-Body Medicine faculty - experienced researchers and practitioners widely recognized in the field who serve as mentors, professional guides, and a personal support network to help you reach your goals.  

Career Objectives:

The primary purpose of this degree is preparation to practice advanced integrative and functional nutrition therapies, as well as introduce mind-body skills, mindfulness and meditation practices, and other integrative nutrition-related approaches that can be incorporated into clinical practice.  Additionally, this degree is preparation for advanced doctoral studies in nutrition or other health care-related fields. 

While this degree program does not lead to eligibility to sit for the registration exam for dietitian nutritionists (the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential), students may be able to sit for independent certification examinations (The Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS) Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB) Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN)) after successfully receiving their Master’s Degree.  Additional post-graduate education and/or training may be required.  Students should contact the appropriate board for eligibility requirements and their local state Board of Health to determine which of these may be recognized for practice in their state and any other licensing, registration or certification requirements, as they are subject to change.

Depending upon the state you live in and your credentials, graduates may consider careers in:

  • Integrative medical centers, hospitals, long-term or extended care facilities, outpatient facilities, and other clinical care facilities
  • Prevention and wellness education programs for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, digestive diseases, allergies, and other conditions
  • Medical spas, yoga and wellness centers, culinary institutes, schools, prisons, restaurants and corporate cafeterias
  • Corporate wellness programs
  • Sports medicine and wellness facilities
  • Community and public health clinics and community-oriented primary care
  • Natural products and dietary supplement industries
  • Private practice medical clinics
  • Independent consulting and practice
  • Public health and policy organizations
  • Research and development
  • Nutrition, science, medical writing/journalism (non-technical, technical)