Master of Science in Nutrition

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It’s widely understood that nutrition plays a significant role in health and disease. Many of today’s health challenges – chronic disease, diabetes, obesity and more – can be managed or alleviated through nutrition and lifestyle changes. The old adage “you are what you eat” has never been truer. NUNM’s Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN) program is built around our longstanding philosophy, Food is Medicine, highlighting the benefits of whole, unprocessed foods and individualized diets. Our curriculum is designed to get students out of the classroom and into our state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. By focusing on clinical nutrition, our graduates are trained to plan menus and cook healthy, nutritious meals appropriate for a variety of dietary needs and medical conditions.

Nutrition is a dynamic science with new research findings constantly being published. Our MScN program is evidence-based and integrates nutritional biochemistry and pathophysiology with advanced clinical nutrition education. An active-learning curriculum provides a solid foundation in holistic nutritionist and food systems, complemented by skill training in cooking, teaching and nutritional counseling.

Students learn to match nutritional therapies to basic diagnoses; design individualized meal plans for clients; identify nutrition resources for various environments; and analyze nutrient content of diets to best facilitate dietary changes associated with optimizing health.

Our graduates also receive a solid foundation in holistic nutrition and food systems, complemented by skill-training in cooking, teaching and nutrition counseling. They’re prepared to apply their training in a variety of professional settings, from health and nutritional counseling to nutrition research and much more.

Students may choose to complete the program in one or two years, or take it concurrently with another degree program. A unique feature of our program is the ability to customize your MScN curriculum with focused electives, allowing you to study specific areas of your interest. The nutrition focus options include clinical, community, culinary and environmental.

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National University of Natural Medicine’s MS in Nutrition program fulfills part of the current academic requirements for the Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS®). The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS℠) requires a graduate degree in the field of nutrition from a regionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1000 hours of BCNS℠ approved supervised experience. BCNS℠ reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts and experience to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS®, see NutritionSpecialists.org.

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Faculty Highlight

Andrew Erlandsen, ND

Dr. Andrew Erlandsen earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National College of Natural Medicine in 2011 (now known as National University of Natural Medicine). As an assistant professor at NUNM, Dr. Erlandsen teaches a variety of nutrition courses in the ND, MSOM, MSiMR and MScN programs. He also teaches courses in clinical research and mentors MSiMR students on their thesis projects.

Dr. Erlandsen also works with the Food as Medicine Institute at NUNM. The Institute provides nutrition education for individuals, families and communities in order to nourish healthy relationships with whole foods and the use of food as medicine to prevent and reduce chronic disease.

In addition to teaching at NUNM, Dr. Erlandsen maintains a private clinical practice in Beaverton, Oregon. He sees patients of all ages, for both acute and chronic concerns, and utilizes the principles of naturopathic medicine to lead his patients to better health.

Program Options

The Master of Science in Nutrition program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • MScN

    Admissions Requirements for MScN

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
    General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
    • General Chemistry — 1 Course
      Science-major level preferred with lab.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScN Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScN: Career Goals

      Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScN*
    Credits 33
    Cost/Credit $435
    Tuition $14,355
    Fees** $660
    Total $15,015

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScN program.

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

    • ND/MScN

      Admissions Requirements for ND/MScN

      GPA

      A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

      Prerequisite Courses

      Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

      General Biology 2 Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
      General Chemistry 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      General Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
      Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
      English Composition 1
      Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
      Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      • General Biology — 2 Courses
        Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
      • General Chemistry — 4 Courses
        Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      • General Physics — 1 Course
        Must include mechanics.
      • Mathematics — 1 Course
        Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
      • English Composition — 1 Course
      • Psychology — 1 Course
        Human psychology covering the life span.
      • Social Sciences — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
      • Humanities — 1 Course
        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

      Documents & Essays

      Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

      Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScN Program

      • Resume

        A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

      • Personal Statement

        Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

      • ND: Primary Care

        While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc. (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

      • MScN: Career Goals

        Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

      Estimated Program Cost

      First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
      Credits 82.75
      Cost/Credit $435
      Tuition $35,996
      Fees** $777
      Total $36,773

      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

      Total ND Degree Credits

      • Core program credits

        286

      • Elective credits

        16

      • Total required credits

        302

        Total MScN Degree Credits

        • Core program credits

          49

        • Elective credits

          15

        • Total required credits

          64

        • DSOM/MScN

          Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScN

          GPA

          A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

          Prerequisite Courses

          Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

          General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
          Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
          Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
          Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
          Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
          • General Biology — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          • General Chemistry — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab.
          • Physics — 1 Course
            Must include mechanics.
          • Mathematics — 1 Course
            Must be algebra or statistics.
          • Psychology — 1 Course
            Human psychology covering the life span.
          • Social Sciences — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
          • Humanities — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

          A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

          Documents & Essays

          Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

          Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MScN Program

          • Resume

            A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

          • Personal Statement

            Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

          • DSOM #1

            Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

          • MScN: Career Goals

            Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

          Estimated Program Cost

          First-Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM*
          Credits 56.75
          Cost/Credit $435
          Tuition $24,686
          Fees** $1,567
          Total $26,253

          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

          ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DSOM program.

          The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

          Total DSOM Degree Credits

          • Core program credits

            257

          • Elective credits

            10

          • Total required credits

            267

            Total MScN Degree Credits

            • Core program credits

              49

            • Elective credits

              15

            • Total required credits

              64

            • MScN/MScGH

              Admissions Requirements for MScN/MScGH

              GPA

              A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

              Prerequisite Courses

              Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

              General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
              General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
              Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
              Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
              • General Biology — 1 Course
                Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
              • General Chemistry — 1 Course
                Science-major level preferred with lab.
              • Mathematics — 1 Course
                Must be algebra or statistics.
              • Psychology — 1 Course
                Human psychology covering the life span.

              A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

              Documents & Essays

              Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

              Required Documents and Essays for the MScN/MScGH Program

              • Resume

                A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

              • MScN: Career Goals

                Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

              • MScGH Personal Statement

                Please prepare and submit a single Personal Statement that addresses the four following tasks: 1) Provide your definition of global health; 2) Explain your interest in the National University of Natural Medicine (NUMM) and the Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) Program; 3) Describe your academic and/or professional preparation, thus far, for a career in global health; and 4) Identify how you intend to integrate training and practice in global health into your future career plans. Please note any relevant strengths or weaknesses in your background or in your ability to carry out your academic and/or professional responsibilities. (2000 words max, double spaced)

              Estimated Program Cost

              First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScN*
              Credits 33
              Cost/Credit $435
              Tuition $14,355
              Fees** $660
              Total $15,015

              * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

              ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScN program.

              The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

              Total MScN Degree Credits

              • Core program credits

                49

              • Elective credits

                15

              • Total required credits

                64

                Total MScGH Degree Credits

                • Core program credits

                  50

                • Elective credits

                  12

                • Total required credits

                  62

                • MScN/MSiMR

                  Admissions Requirements for MScN/MSiMR

                  GPA

                  A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

                  Prerequisite Courses

                  Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

                  General Biology 1 Science-major level with lab required.
                  General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
                  Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
                  English Composition 1
                  Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
                  • General Biology — 1 Course
                    Science-major level with lab required.
                  • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
                    Science-major level preferred with lab.
                  • Mathematics — 2 Courses
                    Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
                  • English Composition — 1 Course
                  • Psychology — 1 Course
                    Human psychology covering the life span.

                  A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

                  Documents & Essays

                  Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

                  Required Documents and Essays for the MScN/MSiMR Program

                  • Resume

                    A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

                  • MScN: Career Goals

                    Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

                  • MSiMR: Background and Goals

                    Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

                  Estimated Program Cost

                  First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScN*
                  Credits 33
                  Cost/Credit $435
                  Tuition $14,355
                  Fees** $660
                  Total $15,015

                  * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

                  ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScN program.

                  The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                  Total MScN Degree Credits

                  • Core program credits

                    49

                  • Elective credits

                    15

                  • Total required credits

                    64

                    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

                    • Core program credits

                      60

                    • Elective credits

                      8

                    • Total required credits

                      68

                    • MSOM/MScN

                      Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MScN

                      GPA

                      A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

                      Prerequisite Courses

                      Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

                      General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
                      General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
                      Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
                      Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
                      Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
                      Social Sciences 1 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
                      Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                      • General Biology — 1 Course
                        Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
                      • General Chemistry — 1 Course
                        Science-major level preferred with lab.
                      • Physics — 1 Course
                        Must include mechanics.
                      • Mathematics — 1 Course
                        Must be algebra or statistics.
                      • Psychology — 1 Course
                        Human psychology covering the life span.
                      • Social Sciences — 1 Course
                        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology and sociology will satisfy this requirement.
                      • Humanities — 1 Course
                        Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.

                      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

                      Documents & Essays

                      Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

                      Required Documents and Essays for the MSOM/MScN Program

                      • Resume

                        A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

                      • Personal Statement

                        Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

                      • MSOM #2

                        Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

                      • MScN: Career Goals

                        Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

                      Estimated Program Cost

                      First-Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM*
                      Credits 43.25
                      Cost/Credit $435
                      Tuition $18,814
                      Fees** $1,567
                      Total $20,381

                      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

                      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MSOM program.

                      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                      Total MSOM Degree Credits

                      • Core program credits

                        213

                      • Elective credits

                        6

                      • Total required credits

                        219

                        Total MScN Degree Credits

                        • Core program credits

                          49

                        • Elective credits

                          15

                        • Total required credits

                          64

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