- Teach students the principles, knowledge and application of integrative nutrition in the areas of:
- nutritional biochemistry
- biochemical individuality
- role of whole foods
- nutrition through the life cycle
- clinical nutrition or community nutrition
- food as medicine
- how personal values and culture affect food choices and eating behavior
- Teach students to cook with whole foods to maintain health and manage disease
- Prepare students to educate others about holistic nutrition, lifestyle, wellness, and healthy living in clinical, community, and educational settings
- Teach students to apply the principles of interconnection, holism, transformation, diversity, and resilience in life and in the field of nutrition
- Prepare graduates to sit for national nutrition board certification exams, including the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) exams.
In addition to the educational objectives for all graduates, specific areas of concentration have the following objectives:
Human Clinical Nutrition:
- Prepare graduates to take leadership roles in the field of clinical nutrition
- Provide experiential training in a clinical setting or by creating and implementing a research project
- Enable students to effectively position their services and offerings to clients, clinics and other practitioners in order to earn their livelihood as a nutrition professional
Community Nutrition Education:
- Prepare graduates to take leadership roles in the field of nutrition education and behavior change in a variety of settings including individual, community, and government.
- Prepare graduates to assess population needs, assets, and capacity for nutrition education
- Provide experiential training in a community setting
- Prepare graduates to take leadership roles as nutrition professionals with knowledge of the role of both foods and herbs in promoting human health
- Prepare students to work as nutritionists and herbalists through comprehensive study of: herbal pharmacology, herbal pharmacy (herbal preparation), and the principles of herbal therapeutics
- Provide supervised clinical or research experience in clinical nutrition and herbalism
Students who complete the MS in Nutrition and Integrative Health will:
- Understand the philosophy of wellness as the foundation upon which optimum health is achieved
- Develop a “healing presence” as a basic interactive approach with clients
- Complete an in-depth study of integrative nutrition in the areas of human physiology; digestion; biochemical individuality; food, vitamin, drug, and herbal interactions; clinical nutrition; community nutrition; integrated weight management approaches; the role of social systems; food as a medicinal agent; behavioral approaches to food; and social promotion (marketing) of food and nutrition
- Educate others about holistic nutrition, lifestyle, wellness, and healthy living
- Have the ability to instruct and cook with whole foods to address health conditions
- Apply lifestyle and nutritional assessment techniques to assist clients in understanding how they perceive and relate to food as part of their lives
- Advocate for wellness and healthy lifestyle adoption in the community and throughout the country
Licensure and Certification
Licensing requirements for nutritionists vary by state. To learn the most up-to-date laws and regulations, please refer to each state’s board of dietetic practice, or go to www.nutritionadvocacy.org.
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program is tailored to meet the eligibility requirements of several national board certifications. At the present time MUIH is in compliance with the requirements of each of the professional organizations listed below. However boards do change their eligibility requirements. Please contact the appropriate board with questions and review licensing laws by state for the most up to date information.
Board certification for nutrition often requires a supervised internship. To facilitate this, MUIH offers an optional six-month supervised internship program for our graduates. See more information about the Nutrition Internship Program here.
- Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) through the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists. Graduates from the Clinical Nutrition and Herbal Medicine areas of concentration in the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health meet the educational requirements to sit for the CNS exam. Graduates from the Community Nutrition Education area of concentration may meet the educational requirements to sit for the CNS exam if certain elective credits are taken. The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) also requires that applicants complete 1000 hours of supervised practice experience and pass the BCNS Certifying exam. The board reviews each applicant individually to determine eligibility. Coursework in the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program contains 350-425 supervised clinical practice hours depending on the electives a student chooses. MUIH offers the Nutrition Internship Program to complete the remaining supervised clinical practice hours.
- Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program are exempt from taking the post-graduate training offered through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board before sitting for the exam. CNCB reviews each applicant individually. They review all transcripts to determine eligibility.
- Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program are eligible to sit for this certification exam. The requirements for this exam include at least one herbal elective course.
This program does not prepare students to sit for the Commission on Dietetics Registration dietetics exam.