Clinical Nutrition and Nutrition & Integrative Health
“As a licensed nutritionist, continuing student, and community educator, my mission is to further promote public health and well-being through holistic health practices.”
What drew you to MUIH?
The opportunity to become a member of an elite group of practitioners who are dedicated to ensuring the very best care possible to their clients.
What excites you about your academic field of study?
Holistic nutrition provides a "whole person" approach to achieving optimal health and positive wellbeing that goes beyond just eating more vegetables.
Has there been a course you've particularly enjoyed?
MUIH offers a combination of classes you just cannot get anywhere else in a regionally accredited program. In addition to therapeutic nutrition, you will learn optimal ways to prepare foods, how mindfulness affects appetite and digestion, the health promoting role of supplementation, and much, much more.
Can you speak about the faculty here?
If Dr. Bryan Walsh was the "powerball," then all of his biochemistry students would win the jackpot. He is able to explain complex biological processes in a way that will help students translate the benefits of holistic nutrition to their future clients.
What is your best MUIH memory?
My favorite memory of MUIH was the cooking expo. At this event, not only are students able to showcase their culinary skills, they demonstrate how foods are used to promote robust health.
How do you plan to use what you've learned here?
As a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Nutrition & Integrative Health at MUIH, my degree has provided me a wealth of innovative expertise to share with the Maryland community as a researcher, clinician, educator, and policy advocate. During 2015, as a licensed nutritionist in Maryland and Washington, DC, I donated over 2,000 hours of work to organizations such as Shepherd’s Clinic, Moveable Feast, Unity Health Care, and Real Food Farm. This work assists marginalized people, who might not have this type of information otherwise, to achieve their health and life goals through balanced, holistic nutrition.
What would you say about MUIH to a prospective student who is interested in attending?
Network with your local volunteer organizations, businesses, and legislators to promote complementary, integrative health services.
What is the one word that comes to mind when you think of MUIH?
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Over the past year, I have been honored to be of service to multiple communities on a volunteer basis. It has been rewarding to witness, first hand, under-served people become more empowered to take control of their health. As a licensed nutritionist, continuing student, and community educator, my mission is to further promote public health and well-being through holistic health practices.
Jon Alger completed MUIH’s Master of Science in Nutrition & Integrative Health in 2014 and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition program.