The Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health offers an innovative approach to the study of nutrition. The program emphasizes the vital and interrelated physiological, environmental, socio-cultural, and spiritual roles of food in our lives. Graduates of this program will be uniquely positioned to fill the growing demand for nutritionists and nutrition educators.
The program offers a solid grounding in nutritional sciences, nutrition education, and nutrition as it is applied in clinical and public health settings. It addresses the cognitive and physiological factors influencing the complex role of food and nutrition in human health.
The program also offers a rich personal learning process that enables you to cultivate sustainable change in yourself and others. You will learn to understand biochemical assessment, apply nutrition theory through cooking labs, facilitate behavioral change through practice coaching sessions, and use case studies to understand how to address a wide range of health challenges.
You will enhance the scope of your skills by selecting one of the following areas of concentration:
Human Clinical Nutrition
This concentration is ideal for students who primarily plan to see clients in a private nutrition practice or join a medical or integrative health setting. The curriculum follows the course of study of MUIH’s original Master of Science in Integrative Health, and provides experiential training in a clinical setting.
Community Nutrition Education
This concentration is ideal for students who want to develop innovative nutrition education programs for underserved communities or other groups who could benefit from grocery store tours, farm to school programs, or nutrition seminars. The curriculum will provide experiential training in a community setting, and give graduates the skills to do a health assessment for a specific population, create nutrition education interventions or programs, and evaluate their effectiveness.
This concentration is ideal for students interested in pursuing the natural and complementary combination of nutrition and herbs. After completing the program, which includes experiential training in a clinical setting or through research, graduates will be able to counsel their clients from a strong foundation in both whole foods nutrition and herbs on how to best combine supplements, dietary interventions, and herbal products.
- Taught from a holistic and integrative perspective
- Features science courses and core competencies in nutrition assessment and treatment strategy design and implementation that have been designed with an integrative and functional framework
- Explores the relationships between our food choices, our agricultural and food processing practices, and the environment
- Core faculty and guest speakers include some of the most accomplished and well-respected authors, lecturers, and practitioners in the nation
- Curriculum includes whole foods cooking labs with instruction from chefs in food as medicine
- Prepares graduates for a variety of nutrition and wellness careers, such as practicing nutritionists, consultants, educators, researchers, and writers
- Prepares graduates to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam through the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, Certified Clinical Nutrition (CCN) exam through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, and various state licensing requirements
- Program can be completed in two years
- Offered in online, on campus, and hybrid formats
MUIH students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We admit academically qualified students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than nutrition or the related sciences. There are no academic prerequisite courses because they are embedded into the curriculum.
Advanced Standing Opportunities
Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Graduates of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's health coaching certificate program can learn about opportunities for advanced standing in this program and others here.
Center for Mind-Body Medicine – Food as Medicine
Graduates of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Food as Medicine program may be eligible for advanced standing (three elective credits) in MUIH’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health. Candidates for this advanced standing should indicate this in their application essay, and must submit an academic paper on a topic approved by the Academic Director.
Natural Gourmet Institute – Chef’s Training Program
Graduates of the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute may be eligible for advanced standing in MUIH’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health. Graduates may be exempt from taking some of the Cooking with Whole Foods Labs I-VIII. Candidates for this advanced standing should indicate this in their application essay and submit their official record of graduation from the Chef's Training Program to the Office of Graduate Admissions office so that the Director of Academic Programs can evaluate eligibility.