Our Integrative and Functional Nutrition degree prepares graduate students with mind-body skills, heath and wellness coaching techniques, mindfulness and meditation practices, as well as Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine approaches to nutrition.
Graduates will be able to provide integrative paradigms and approaches for nutrition in their clinical practice, utilizing evidence-based skills in areas including whole foods, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, Asian nutrition, holistic nutrition, and mind-body skills. While this degree program does not lead to licensure,* as an already licensed practitioner you will be able to expand the range of services you offer in in such environments as:
- Hospitals, long-term care, and other clinical care facilities
- Other institutional food servce settings such as schools, prisons, restaurants, and corporate cafeterias
- Community clinics, including Women, Infants, Children (WIC), and community-oriented primary care
- Health education programs for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, digestive diseases, allergies, and other illnesses
- Pharmaceutical and nutritional product development companies
- Sports and wellness facilities
- Corporate wellness programs
- Private practice medical clinics
- Independent consulting and practice
* If you are a non-licensed professional, you might want to check out our MS in Mind-Body Medicine, which also incorporates nutrition in its curriculum.
There are multiple, specific learning objectives for each course in our nutrition curriculum. Broadly speaking, however, the learning objectives for the MS in Integrative and Functional Nutrition are as follows:
- Develop knowledge and skills to transform the practice of integrative and functional nutrition through humanistically-informed research, practice, education, and leadership.
- Acquire knowledge and skills to transform integrative and functional nutrition practice and delivery of care.
- Develop an orientation emphasizing higher levels of health, vitality, and wellness.
- Acquire an understanding of multiple paradigms in integrative and functional nutrition, how they function as a bridge between mind and body, and their application to health and disease.
- Develop a sensitivity to and acceptance for multiple perspectives based on racial, ethnic, individual development, and cultural groups.
- Acquire an understanding and mastery of research in nutrition and health care, especially research that supports improved outcomes and nurtures positive changes in health.
- Acquire an understanding and master relevant approaches to implement the nutrition care process with multiple populations and diverse cultures, across socioeconomic groups.
- Develop collaboration, teamwork, professional attitudes and values, problem solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills.