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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.