Functional Medicine at UWS

Effectively address the health concerns of the 21st century with a degree that focuses on whole-person health from University of Western States (UWS).

The human nutrition and functional medicine (HNFM) department at University of Western States (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: 8 quarters (flexible pacing)
Credits: 56 quarter 
Entry Term: April and October

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

Graduate Certificate
Format: online
Length: 3-7 quarters (flexible pacing)
Credits: 30 quarter
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.