Online Master’s in Integrative Medicine — Nutrition Concentration

An Advanced Education at the Intersection of Nutrition and Well-Being

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More patients are interested in receiving whole-person care, and improving nutrition is central to these efforts. Now, you can engage in an evidence-based education that connects the dots between dietary habits and wellness with the online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Integrative Medicine from the George Washington University (GW).

This program includes a Nutrition concentration that enables you to provide integrative nutrition counseling — a skill for which demand is rapidly increasing — and help patients at any age improve their quality of life. You’ll learn to offer dietary guidance, empowering patients to prevent and manage chronic diseases like type II diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. This concentration also prepares you to sit for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) exam from the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists℠ (BCNS℠).

In addition to being scientifically rigorous, GW’s MSHS in Integrative Medicine is accredited by the American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABOIM). This accreditation affirms the high-quality education you’ll receive in this online program.

Continue your education online with GW to benefit from distinguished connections and career-aligned learning opportunities that foster success in the health sciences. While studying online, you will receive the same benefits and education as our on-campus students, joining an ever-expanding alumni community dedicated to discoveries that can make the world a better place.

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36 Total Credits

Average Duration: 30 Months

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Also Available: MSHS in Integrative Medicine + Fellowship

GW designed this academic track for licensed physicians seeking to elevate the level of care they provide. The Fellowship has a 2 week in-person component, which is tailored to fit the student by our Fellowship Director, Andrew Heyman.

Online Courses for Aspiring Nutrition Specialists

In this online program, you’ll learn to incorporate an array of integrative medicine principles into your practice while diving into nutrition’s role in patient health. The MSHS Nutrition Concentration fulfills the academic requirements to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) can use their RDN supervised practice to sit for the exam immediately upon graduation. Students will need to complete 1,000 supervised practice hours to fulfill CNS requirements to sit for the ABOIM exam.

This comprehensive integrative medicine program includes the following courses:

Nutrition is an ever-evolving discipline with important considerations for health promotion. This course will investigate the latest findings in scientific literature, interest from the health care community, and public inquiry.

This course focuses on food technology processes and the health benefits of foods beyond macronutrients and micronutrients — namely phytochemicals and the gut microbiome.

This course explores the immunoregulatory and immune-related nutrients (focusing on micronutrients) and will help you develop a basic understanding of the immune system, enabling you to identify nutritional risk factors.

During this course, you will explore intermediary metabolism with an emphasis on the interrelationship of nutrients, metabolic pathways, health, and disease. This course also examines dietary inputs from molecular, biochemical, and integrative perspectives.

The Flexibility to Thrive in Class and Your Career

GW offers an innovative learning experience, delivering world-class programs that you can complete entirely online. We designed our classes for flexibility, allowing you to gain expertise for advancing your career when and where is convenient for you. Throughout your online program, you’ll benefit from our supportive faculty-to-student ratio and online resources that make it easier to interact with your peers and instructors.

Include Nutrition in Your Personalized Care Plans

A recent study on medical treatments found that 95% of patients were interested in integrative medicine.1 With GW’s MSHS in Integrative Medicine program, you can prepare to meet this need in your practice while concentrating on nutrition’s role in each patient’s treatment plan.

Health Professionals Unlocking the Benefits of Integrative Medicine

Here are some of the professionals who can benefit from studying integrative medicine:

  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Health Coach
  • Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical/Occupational Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychiatrist/Therapist/Counselor

Join a Tradition of Excellence in the Health Sciences

Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences was the first medical school in the nation’s capital. Today, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities through online programs that promote inclusion, service, and advocacy.

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  1. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. “Demand for Integrative Medicine Among Women with Breast and Gynecological Cancer.” Retrieved May 20, 2022, from