Doctor of Science in Integrative Healthcare
Doctor of Science (D.S.)
61 Credit Hours – Personalized Concentration
62 Credit Hours – Clinical Nutrition Concentration
Huntington College of Health Science's (HCHS's) Doctor of Science in Integrative Healthcare program is unlike virtually any other doctorate program available in the U.S. or abroad. This dynamic, professional doctorate program is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to take an integrative approach to patient care through the application of principles associated with functional medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and other integrative healthcare topics. It also prepares graduates to manage a CAM practice and to conduct CAM-oriented research. The D.S. program is offered exclusively online, and has no residential requirements.
The D.S. program offers two areas of concentration: 1) Clinical Nutrition or 2) a Personalized Concentration. Graduate students who wish to gain a more in-depth understanding of nutritional medicine in clinical practice should take the Clinical Nutrition application. Those who wish to focus on an area of integrative healthcare not currently offered as part of a formalized program of study through HCHS should consider the personalized concentration. Through prior agreement with course instructors, students might use various sources of information as a basis for learning, include any combination of attending symposiums or seminars, reading textbooks or scientific literature, participation in a research project, or participation in a professional activity related to the health sciences. Examples of Personalized Concentrations in integrative healthcare include holistic nursing, Phytotherapy, dietary supplement science, hair and scalp science, integrative healthcare education, etc. The D.S. program culminates in a capstone project. The capstone project is a substantial research project that is ultimately presented in the form of a dissertation that conforms to institutional standards. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be transferred from previously completed graduate courses from other accredited institutions.
Upon completion of the Doctor of Science in Integrative Healthcare degree program, the graduate will be able to:
- Analyze patient/client biochemistry and develop individualized healthcare programs based upon functional medicine techniques,
- Integrate complementary and alternative medicine modalities into their existing healthcare practice,
- Manage a complementary and alternative medicine practice,
- Conduct research within a complementary and alternative medicine practice,
- Synthesize relevant information from an understanding of clinical nutrition or other personalized healthcare concentration, and
- Make educated and informed decisions relevant to patient/client healthcare within the context of the CAM and functional medicine paradigm.
The Doctor of Science in Integrative Healthcare Degree program consists of the following courses:
Core Courses (13 credits)1
- EDU501 Doctoral Orientation (1)
- HEA610 Complementary & Alternative Medicine (3)
- HEA620 Research in Complementary & Alternative Medicine (3)
- NUT650 Functional Medicine & Nutrition (3)
- BUS601 Management of a CAM Practice (3)
Examination (1 credit)
- HEA550 Qualifying Examination1
Clinical Nutrition Concentration Courses
- BIO720 Cellular & Molecular Biology (3)
- NUT530 Nutrition Assessment (4)
- NUT710 Nutritional Medicine I (3)
- NUT711 Nutritional Medicine II (3)
- NUT712 Nutritional Medicine III (3)
- NUT720 Nutrigenomics (3)
- NUT730 Nutraceuticals & Functional Foods (3)
Personalized Concentration Courses
- HEA710 Special Topics in Health Sciences I (3)
- HEA711 Special Topics in Health Sciences II (3)
- HEA712 Special Topics in Health Sciences III (3)
- HEA713 Special Topics in Health Sciences IV (3)
- HEA714 Special Topics in Health Sciences V (3)
- HEA715 Special Topics in Health Sciences VI (3)
- HEA716 Special Topics in Health Sciences VII (3)
Elective Courses --choose 12 credits2
- CHE510 Advanced Biochemistry (4)
- BIO710 Nutritional Biochemistry (3)
- HEA602 Clinical Microbiology and Pharmacology (3)
- HEA701 Human Pathology (3)
- HEA805 Clinical Application of Laboratory Data (3)
- NUT540 Clinical Nutrition (3)
- NUT550 Nutrition Research (4)
- NUT560 Current Trends in Nutrition (3)
- NUT572 Lifespan Nutrition (3)
- NUT574 Community Nutrition (3)
- NUT578 Herbal Therapies and Alternative Healing (3)
- NUT702 Advanced Nutrition with Clinical Applications (3)
- NUT703 Antioxidants (3)
Examinations & Capstone Project
- HEA650 Comprehensive Examination2 (2)li>
- HEA850 Capstone Project (12)
Total credits: 61-62
Tuition - $22,448-$22,816*
1Qualifying Examination must be completed after completion of Core Courses.
2Comprehensive Examination must be completed after completion of Concentration and Elective Courses.
Tuition fees do not include the costs of books and materials for each course which are purchased separately. Note that tuition and fees are subject to change. Estimated cost of textbooks & materials may change based on course revisions & new editions. Students will be notified prior to any tuition changes.
- Candidates for admission must meet one of the following credentials:
- Master’s degree, or first professional degree program in a health related field from an accredited college/university with at least a 3.0 GPA
- A minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited college/university with at least a 3.0 GPA and significant professional experience in a health related field.
- Completed undergraduate coursework from a similarly accredited institution in biology (such as BIO210 Human Biology), statistics (such as MAT200 Statistics), nutrition (such as NUT101 Understanding Nutrition 1), general chemistry (such as CHE310 General Chemistry) and biochemistry (such as CHE410 Organic and Biochemistry).
- Completed graduate courses: nutrition (such as NUT520 Advanced Nutrition) and biochemistry (such as CHE510 Advanced Biochemistry).
Note: Students may be accepted into the D.S. program, and take these courses prior to beginning any courses in the D.S. program. The courses must be taken from HCHS or other accredited schools.
Clinical Nutrition Concentration prerequisites:
Candidates must currently have a professional background in nutrition, and/or prior undergraduate or graduate education in nutrition. Examples include, but are not limited to: nutritionist, dietician, medical doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, chiropractor, naturopath, or medical herbalist.
Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) Examination
Graduates of the D.S. program meet the core education requirements for the Certified Clinical Nutritionist exam through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB). Visit www.cncb.org for eligibility requirements.