Michael Haneline, DC, MPH, Joins University of Western States as Director of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

PORTLAND, Ore., October 8, 2013 – The University of Western States (UWS), a leader in the education of health care professionals, announced that Michael Haneline, DC, MPH, has joined the administration as director of the Master of Science degree program in human nutrition and functional medicine (MSHNFM). Dr. Haneline will be responsible for overseeing the program’s curriculum, development, operations, budget and personnel.

“Dr. Haneline is an important addition to the MSHNFM team and to the university,” said Peter Szucs, UWS interim dean for graduate and undergraduate studies. “He is a prolific author, speaker, and an internationally-known health care practitioner. With 40 years of experience as a physician, researcher, educator and businessman, we are delighted to have the experience and expertise Dr. Haneline brings to our team. He will be instrumental in helping us broaden the MSHNFM program to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to offer the best possible care to their clients.”

“I’m excited about joining UWS and leading the MSHNFM program,” said Dr. Haneline. “Our program has a strong reputation because of the caliber of our teaching staff, the course curriculum, and the ongoing relationships we have with educational organizations including the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). It is our goal to strengthen and expand that partnership so we can continue to provide the highest quality education to our students.”

“The Institute for Functional Medicine looks forward to a continued and mutually beneficial collaboration with the University of Western States to support the MS in human nutrition and functional medicine program,” said IFM CEO Laurie Hofmann, MPH.

MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine Program
The online MSHNFM Master of Science degree program is available to students who have an undergraduate or first professional degree. The program enables students to gain expertise in clinical nutrition which has essential applications in public health, preventive medicine and all aspects of clinical medicine including pediatrics, geriatrics, gastroenterology, physical medicine, neurology, internal medicine, rheumatology, cardiology and family medicine.

About Dr. Michael Haneline
Before joining UWS, Dr. Haneline spent five years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the International Medical University developing and implementing their chiropractic program. He has also served as a professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, Calif., and as an associate director for the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. After graduating from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a doctor of chiropractic degree, Dr. Haneline spent the next 30 years operating private chiropractic practices in California, Idaho and Colorado.

Dr. Haneline also holds a master’s degree in public health from Independence University in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the author of the most utilized text on evidence-based chiropractic practice, and co-editor of the first text on public health for the chiropractic profession. In addition, he has authored dozens of articles, research reports and whitepapers.  He was recently elected chair-elect of the Chiropractic Health Care section of the American Public Health Association.

About the University of Western States
A leader in the education of health care professionals, the University of Western States (UWS) provides a science-driven curriculum that delivers a solid foundation and competitive edge in preparing students for clinical practice. UWS is a regionally accredited, non-profit institution dedicated to improving the health of society through its educational programs, research and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the university offers a doctor of chiropractic degree program; master’s degrees in exercise and sports science, human nutrition and functional medicine, and diagnostic imaging; a massage therapy certification program; and accredited continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization that aims to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care and advocacy.