What is human nutrition and functional medicine?
Human nutrition and functional medicine is a science-based, patient-centered approach to achieving and maintaining excellent health. This is accomplished primarily through natural methods, with diet and nutrition at the forefront. It is a model of health care that addresses the causes of disease and dysfunction rather than suppressing symptoms and involves treating the patient as a whole being. Founded on a holistic view of health, functional medicine delves deep into the biochemical and genetic individuality of each patient.
Collaboration at UWS
Collaboration with Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)
The human nutrition and functional medicine program is offered as a collaborative endeavor between UWS and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the organization which founded and developed the key functional medicine concepts used today.
Not only do our students come from all over the world, their professional and educational backgrounds are just as diverse. Half of our students are health care practitioners, including nurses and dietitians, medical, chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic physicians, as well as dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, psychologists, massage therapists and others. For the other half, our master’s program degree is the first or next step toward a career in health care.
Clinical Strength in a Variety of Disciplines
The HNFM program includes advanced instruction in clinical nutrition and also presents extensive educational content on functional medicine principles and practices. These include important interdisciplinary and evidence-informed perspectives, patient assessments and clinical interventions designed to enhance the function of the whole person. The information presented is continually reviewed and updated with new research and findings
The faculty hold advanced degrees in a variety of fields and have experience in a host of wellness-focused disciplines. This brings educational diversity to the program and offers our students insight into a wide range of approaches, practice methods and occupational fields.
Our faculty expertise includes:
- functional medicine
- public health
- environmental medicine
- mind-body health
- social work
- exercise and sports science
- herbal and botanical medicine
It is the responsibility of the individual student to understand and comply with all relevant local or jurisdictional requirements for clinical practice, which are highly variable and subject to periodic change. UWS makes no representation or guarantee that completion of UWS coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain certification, licensure or other authorization to practice in any specific jurisdiction.
Human nutrition and functional medicine graduates currently have a tremendous variety of career options, and the field of health and nutrition is growing every day.
Graduates may seek careers that include:
- nutritionist, solo practice
- nutritionist, group/integrated practice
- health and wellness coach