Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine at UWS

Ready to Earn your degree in human nutrition and functional medicine?

Effectively address the health concerns of the 21st century with a master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (HNFM) from University of Western States. 

Functional medicine delves into the biochemical and genetic individuality of the patient so that students learn to treat the whole person, getting to the root of the cause, instead of treating surface-level symptoms. 

As a collaborative endeavor between UWS and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), UWS’s HNFM program is the only fully accredited master’s program available in the functional medicine field. 


  • 100% online
  • 7-9 quarters – flexible pacing for working professionals
  • Classes start April and October – applications accepted year-round
  • 52 quarter credits / 34.7 semester credits
  • Tuition is $524 per credit 


  • Accredited program offered in collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).
  • Rigorous, clinically-applicable curriculum that is continually reviewed and updated with new research and findings.
  • Engaging online learning experience featuring distinguished and dedicated instructors and an expert support network to reinforce clinical and academic skills.
  • Program satisfies educational requirements to sit for many national nutrition certification exams.
  • Both graduate certificate and master’s degree program are eligible for financial aid.
  • UWS was established in 1904 and has a long history of educational excellence.

Functional medicine is a science-based, patient-centered and systems-oriented approach to helping people achieve and maintain excellent health. This is accomplished primarily through natural methods, with diet and nutrition as a central focus. It is a forefront model for health care practice that seeks to address the causes of disease and dysfunction rather than suppressing symptoms.

Completion of the HNFM program satisfies all of the coursework requirements to sit for several national certification exams in the field of nutrition, including the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), the Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), and the Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition (DACBN).