Nutrition Programs and Degrees

Master of Science in Integrative Nutrition

Master of Science in Integrative Nutrition

(Non-Financial Aid/Self-Paced Program)

37 Credit Hours

Huntington College of Health Sciences’ (HCHS) Master of  Science in Integrative Nutrition degree program is designed to advance current and future health professionals’ knowledge and expertise in integrative nutrition. Building upon students’ current knowledge of the human body and basic nutrition science, advanced coursework in biochemistry and nutrition will take students’ understanding of these topics to the next level. Furthermore, courses in Integrative Nutrition, Current Trends in Integrative Nutrition, Research in Integrative Nutrition, as well as elective courses in such topics Herbal Therapies & Alternative Healing and Aromatherapy teach students an integrative approach to the use of food, supplements and other scientifically responsible complementary practices to help promote a state of wellness. A maximum of 18 credit hours may be transferred from previously completed graduate courses from other accredited institutions. Of those 18 credits, no more than 9 credits will be awarded for Prior Learning Experience and/or credit by examination.

Student progress is evaluated through written and oral assignments, practical exercises, research projects, and written, proctored exams. The M.S. program culminates in a capstone project, which demonstrates learning achieved throughout the program. The capstone project may take different forms, including writing a thesis, designing and executing a practicum, or planning and executing a project.

HCHS uses the term “integrative nutrition” to refer to the incorporation of evidence-based complementary approaches into mainstream (conventional) nutrition and related health care modalities. The M.S. in Nutrition program was designed with health care and allied health care professionals in mind. This program is ideal for nutritionists, registered dieticians, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other healthcare professionals who desire to expand their skills and knowledge in the burgeoning science of integrative nutrition, and increase their marketability in today’s competitive job market.

Program Objectives:

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Integrative Nutrition degree program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply advanced concepts in nutrition to health-related practices and issues. 
  2. Interpret findings of clinical and CAM research to make evidence-based decisions.
  3. Review and evaluate current trends in traditional and holistic nutrition.
  4. Design and conduct an in-depth study on a current issue in integrative nutrition.
  5. Predict health-related issues for clients based on nutrition assessments.
  6. Analyze nutritional behaviors to promote and support healthy lifestyles.
  7. Recommend appropriate nutraceuticals for clients based upon a variety of assessments.

Courses

The Master of Science in Integrative Nutrition program consists of the following graduate level courses:

Nutrition Courses

Core Courses --25 Credits

  • CHE510 Advanced Biochemistry (4)
  • NUT525 Integrative Nutrition (4)
  • NUT530 Nutrition Assessment (4)
  • NUT540 Clinical Nutrition (3)
  • NUT555 Research in Integrative Nutrition (4)
  • NUT565 Current Trends in Integrative Nutrition (3)
  • NUT630 Capstone project (3)

Electives --choose 12 Credits

  • NUT572 Life Span Nutrition (3)
  • NUT574 Community Nutrition (3)
  • NUT576 Food & Culture (3)
  • NUT578 Herbal Therapies & Alternative Healing (3)
  • NUT702 Advanced Nutrition with Clinical Applications (3)
  • NUT703 Antioxidants (3)
  • Other pre-approved graduate courses (3)

Total credits: 37

Tuition - $13,616*

Academic prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 GPA or higher from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or international equivalent.
  2. Completed coursework from a similarly accredited institution in Nutrition I, Human Biology, General Chemistry, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Statistics.
     (Note: HCHS offers these course prerequisites.)

* 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.

Description: 

Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) Examination

Graduates of the M.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.

Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition

Graduates of the M.S. program will be eligible to apply to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board's (HNCB) Board Examination. The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). NANP Professional Members who meet the board examination qualification criteria and successfully pass the Board Exam will earn the designation, "Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition." For more information, including a list of Board Exam eligibility criteria please visit www.nanp.org/hncb or contact the HNCB at 916-851-9310 or by email at exam@hncb.org.

Certified Practitioner level membership with the AHMA

Graduates of HCHS's M.S. in Nutrition are eligible to apply for a Certified Practitioner level membership with the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), which has served and supported physicians and other practitioners since its founding in 1978. AHMA membership is limited to practitioners serving clients across a broad spectrum of holistic healthcare modalities, including those HCHS graduates who intend to work professionally in clinical nutrition

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Contact us

If you have any questions regarding our nutrition degrees, courses or programs, you can contact us by phone or e-mail.

Address:  118 Legacy View Way
Knoxville, TN 37918

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