Career Pathways

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.

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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, as well as medical, chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic physicians. 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

Clinical Focus
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

Integrated Faculty
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:

  • social work
  • chiropractic
  • nutrition
  • public health
  • immunology
  • environmental medicine
  • exercise and sports science
  • food science, neurology
  • functional medicine
  • biochemistry
  • epidemiology
  • medicine
  • mind-body health
  • naturopathy
  • pharmacology
  • gastroenterology
  • herbal and botanical medicine

Graduate Certificate

Current clinicians and health professionals with an existing master’s or doctoral degree who have very specific focus may find the graduate certificate program well-suited to their need for a faster path to completing their education.

Qualified Exams

Completion of the Master of Science in human nutrition and functional medicine program satisfies all of the coursework requirements to sit for several important national certification exams in the field of nutrition, including:


Nutrition licensure varies state-by-state and is evolving toward greater inclusivity. Check out the valuable resource,, to learn more about the particular laws in your state and keep updated on the newest initiatives affecting the nutrition world.


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, private practice
  • nutritionist, integrative practice
  • health and wellness coach
  • educator
  • lecturer
  • author