Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine at 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, aside from one required on-campus weekend for DCN, 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: 28 quarter (18.7 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).