Functional Medicine at UWS

Treat root causes of disease and disfunction with holistic, individualized approaches to health and well-being. University of Western States offers a variety of graduate programs in human nutrition and functional medicine as well as naturopathic medicine. Explore our degree options below.

Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (HNFM)

Learn about the HNFM program

Effectively address the health concerns of the 21st century with a degree in human nutrition and functional medicine (HNFM) from University of Western States (UWS).

The HNFM department at UWS houses the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (MS-HNFM)
  • Doctor of Clinical Nutrition (DCN)
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine

These programs are offered as a collaborative endeavor between UWS and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the organization that founded and developed many functional medicine concepts in use today.

University of Western States is the only institution where you can obtain an accredited Master of Science degree in human nutrition and functional medicine. The Doctor of Clinical Nutrition program maintains this central focus on functional medicine for optimal clinical results.

Our programs are 100% online and eligible for financial aid.

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.


Master of Science
Format: online
Length: 6-9 quarters (flexible pacing)
Credits: 52 quarter (34.7 semester)
Entry Term: April and October

Doctor of Clinical Nutrition
Format: online
Length: 8 quarters
Credits: 65 quarter (43.3 semester)
Entry Term: October

Graduate Certificate
Format: online
Length: 3-7 quarters (flexible pacing)
Credits: 30 quarter (20 semester)
Entry Term: April and October

Completion of the MS-HNFM program satisfies all of the coursework requirements to sit for several important 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).


  • 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.
  • UWS was established in 1904 and has a long history of educational excellence.

Meet the Program Directors

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Daniel Redwood, DC


Christopher Browne, DC, MS

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD)

Learn more about the NMD program

The doctor of naturopathic medicine (NMD) program at University of Western States (UWS) prepares students to take a holistic and individualized approach to health and healing and integrates the principles of functional medicine throughout the naturopathic program. Graduates learn to consider the whole-person including the patient’s diet, lifestyle, environment, genetics, physical, mental and emotional health, as well as other factors that influence health and well-being.

Naturopathic medicine and functional medicine are science-based, patient-centered approaches to achieving and maintaining health by addressing the root cause, not just suppressing symptoms. 


Format: on campus
Length: 14 quarters (3.5 years)
Entry Term: October


  • The inclusion of functional medicine principles in the UWS naturopathic program distinguishes it from other naturopathic programs.
  • The program provides a community of learning through in-person experiences with knowledge, skills and community reinforced through in-person lectures, labs, team-based learning and clinical rotations. The curriculum also offers some online courses delivered both synchronously and asynchronously. Students are expected to be on campus for the entire program. 
  • UWS offers multiple graduate-level programs that can be taken in conjunction with the NMD degree so that students can specialize their practice. Areas of interest include nutrition, functional medicine, chiropractic, counseling, psychology and sports medicine.
  • UWS was established in 1904 and has a long history of educational excellence