Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), a leading accredited academic institution for integrative health, offers a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition degree, which answers the increasing demand for Integrative and Functional Nutritionists. This PhD program explores the vital and interrelated physiological, environmental, sociocultural, and spiritual roles of food that underpin human health and optimum function. IFM Certified Practitioners are eligible for advanced standing when enrolling in the program (up to 9 credits of the total 48). This collaboration enables the IFM Certified Practitioner to build on his or her Functional Medicine education with advanced nutritional, clinical, and research skills.
University of Western States (UWS) offers a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (MS-HNFM). IFM supports the collaboration by offering faculty training and curricular materials and tools for the master’s program. IFM contributed to the development of nine graduate program courses in nutrition that are now an integral part of their curriculum. This partnership advances IFM’s mission by training more professionals and students to effectively address the health concerns of the 21st century.
In 2012, MS-HNFM began with 30 students and has grown to over 400 students, a testament to the demand for Functional Medicine education in university settings. Furthermore, IFM Certified Practitioners are eligible for advanced standing when enrolling in MS-HNFM (up to 11 credits of the total 52).
Our collaborative relationship enables the University of Western States to merge its accredited, graduate-level coursework with IFM's cutting-edge clinical tools and strategies to create a unified whole. This helps ensure that our graduates have the knowledge to fully participate in the future of health care.