Master of Health Science in Functional & Integrative Nutrition
Learn holistic nutrition, business, and health coaching best practices
Master of Health Science in Functional & Integrated Nutrition designed for busy professionals like YOU.
With our fully online program you have the flexibility you need to expand your career opportunities and fulfill your current responsibilities at the same time. Our unique approach to online delivery and course design provides in-depth field experiences in critical aspects of modern healthcare.
With a diverse student body, an active faculty and staff, and opportunities to interact with professional peers across disciplines, we help you earn more than an advanced degree. You can engage in discussions, ask questions, and make lifelong personal and professional connections that help you succeed in your classes and in your career.
Designed to be both scientifically rigorous and forward-thinking in functional and personalized medicine, our program brings a much-needed progressive approach to holistic nutrition, integrated health, behavioral design, and business best practices.
Our faculty are experienced practitioners, recognized thought leaders in their field, innovators, creators, and above all, passionately dedicated to creating the future of natural health. Online delivery expands their impact on holistic healthcare and decreasing health disparities across the United States and beyond.
As a leader in holistic healthcare, our program aims to advance the next generation of healthcare workers and other professionals to treat the whole patient with an integrated approach to nutrition and wellness.
Graduate in 1 year by taking two courses at a time or take one class at a time to finish in 2 years for improved work/life balance. You can switch between options to accommodate your personal situation, if needed. (Dependent on the course schedule as not all courses are offered every term).
Make an Impact
With a focus on motivating behavior change, person-centered wellness, and a growing number of elective options, you can make an immediate impact by applying concepts to help your patients and clients maintain good health and prevent, treat, and manage nutrition-related chronic disease.
Courses are just 7-weeks long with a brief break between sessions. With 3 entry points a year, you can get started right away. We even have an option for you to begin graduate coursework while working on your prerequisites!
Your willingness to help students succeed is fantastic. I've found all my professors to be intelligent and engaging, as well as willing to spend the time to help me through tough subjects. The small class sizes allow for more one-on-one interaction and discussion, which helped me nail down the material.
– Hannah G.
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health / Pre-Med Student
Program Requirements and Course Details
In NWHSU’s online Master of Health Science in Functional and Integrative Nutrition program, you will learn a progressive approach to functional personalized nutrition and integrative health.
In this program, you will build on your background in health sciences and gain the skills to run your own nutrition business, learning:
- Behavioral design
- Research evaluation
- Medical technologies
- Complementary healthcare practices
- Health coaching
- Business management
Through competency-based coursework, you will apply an integrative lens to wellness, business, and behavioral science. This program will prepare you to be a leader and innovator in the wellness and nutrition space.
(See below for a full list of coursework.)
What career opportunities could I explore with this degree?
With a growing number of elective options, embedded health coaching certification opportunities**, and a variety of entry paths, your education at NWHSU will prepare you for an exciting career that fits your skills and interests. More importantly, it will help you improve the lives of patients and clients every day.
Depending upon prior degree(s) and/or credential(s) and each state’s specific credentialing and practice requirements, graduates may advance in:
- Healthcare: health coaching or clinical practice within concierge and boutique clinics, medical centers, hospitals, chiropractic offices, long-term care facilities, and other clinical care settings
- Wellness: health coaching within yoga, wellness, and spa retreats, fitness centers, and careers in natural products and dietary supplement industries
- Public Health, Policy, and Organizational Leadership: careers in research and development, community health promotion and wellness education programs, and corporate employee wellness programs
- Higher education: doctoral-level studies and teaching positions in higher education
- Food Industry: nutrition roles at culinary institutes, restaurants and corporate food service establishments
What will my courses be like?
The goal of this program is to give you skills and tools that you can put into practice right away.
Each course is designed with an interdisciplinary, competency-based, holistic lens that trains you to connect and solve challenges in:
- personalized healthcare
- research evaluation
- medical technology
- the business of healthcare
- diversity, equity, and inclusion
- human behavior
As part of your coursework, you’ll be provided with practical applications and experiential learning opportunities. Through practice, you will develop the vital client-centered, evidence-informed, and personalized care skills critical for success in the functional and integrative nutrition field.
Coursework is grounded in scientific knowledge, collaborative innovation, patient-centered clinical proficiency, and the highest standards of ethics and professional behavior, allowing you to operate at the top of your scope of practice.
Master of Health Science in Functional & Integrative Nutrition
Up to 9 credit hours of equivalent coursework may be from transfer credit
Core Courses (21 Credits)
Foundations of Functional and Integrative Nutrition (3 Credits)
Advanced Practice: Supplements, Herbs and Pharmaceuticals (3 Credits)
Advanced Nutrition Practice: Macro + Micronutrients (3 Credits)
Evidence Based Nutrition* (3 Credits)
Fundamentals of Behavioral Science and Motivating for Health Change (3 Credits)
Business Practice Management for Integrative Health Professionals (3 Credits)
Capstone* (3 Credits)
Sports and Human Performance Nutrition (3 Credits)
Advanced and Applied Sports Nutrition* (3 Credits)
Clinical Intervention: Nutrigenomics and Epigenetics (3 Credits)
Clinical Intervention II: Functional Nutrition Technology + Diagnostics (3 Credits)
Foundations of Health Coaching* (3 Credits)
Advanced Applications of Health Coaching in Integrative Care* (3 Credits)
Health and Wellness Literacy(3 Credits)
In this course learners will discuss the importance of staying up to date on current health and wellness trends. They will learn to critically analyze and apply research to inform recommendations about health and wellness. Learners will learn to apply best practices for communicating health-related information with the lay public.
Community Practicum in Health and Wellness Coaching(3 Credits)
Students may also select from MHS in Integrative care elective courses as well.
**The MHS in Functional and Integrative Nutrition program is designed to meet the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBCHWC) criteria to earn the (NBC-HWC) certified health coach credential. We are working closely with the board to adhere to the requirements necessary to be an approved training program and qualify our graduates to sit for the National Board Examination. The program is also designed to fulfill the current academic requirements for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam. To learn more about becoming a CNS, please visit the Board for Certification Specialists (BCNS) at www.theana.org. Additionally, this program meets the current academic requirements in nutrition for the Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) credential offered through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB). To learn more about earning your CCN, please visit www.cncb.org.
Note: Each state’s requirements for professional licensure and/or certification vary and are subject to change. Please contact the Department of Health and appropriate board in your state to confirm eligibility requirements and to determine which certification(s) or licensure(s) may be recognized for practice in your state.
The future of health is integrative, whole-person care. Nutrition is a vital part of optimal health.
Expand Your Opportunities
The future of medicine is patient-centered integrative care that brings a multidisciplinary approach to every ailment. The MHS in Functional and Integrative Nutrition is designed for a variety of current healthcare professionals and practitioners from diverse fields to expand upon this foundation and advance expertise in holistic functional nutrition and evidence-informed practice.
Health Coaching Credentials
The program includes an embedded option for students to become a certified health coach as part of the integrative approach to care. NWHSU is currently working with the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC) to become an approved program through their organization. Our program also satisfies the coursework requirements for additional sought-after nutrition certifications (not service hour requirements) and prepares graduates for the next steps to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN).**
With initial elective courses focused on Human Performance and Sports Nutrition, Nutrigenomics and Clinical Intervention, and future options in Applied Behavioral Science for Eating + Wellness, you can choose where to focus your coursework to gain advanced knowledge and target specific nutritional interventions for your unique scope of practice needs.
Registered dietitians can gain a broadened scope of functional and integrative nutrition and a graduate-level degree to stay competitive in the field when current degree-level requirements change from a bachelor’s to a master’s in January 2024.
Question: Will I be eligible to take the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBCHWC) exam and earn the certified health coach credential (NBC-HWC) if I graduate before the program is approved by the board?