During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our Fall courses to an online or hybrid format. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. Hybrid classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using our Zoom conferencing system.
The Integrative Nutrition specialized certificate is a career-focused training program designed for those who want to learn about food as medicine and to coach their patients and clients, families and friends, and members of their communities in understanding the value of food and nutrition as a means to promote health and wellness and prevent and combat disease. This program is designed for existing health professionals, those who aspire to careers in healthcare, and interested laypersons in San Diego, Southern California and beyond who seek to develop or deepen a focus in diet and nutrition with a holistic orientation.
It is composed of online and live sessions taught by UC San Diego health professionals, acclaimed researchers and authors, and expert plant-based chefs. It provides the skills and knowledge required for a basic foundation in the rapidly growing field of Integrative Nutrition.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for a complimentary license to teach the UCSD Natural Healing & Cooking program.
The program meets continuing education requirements for all holders of a CNS credential.
Foundations in Nutrition I and II offered through the UCSD Extension Integrative Nutrition certificate program provide 60 CE units to fulfill the Foundational Nutrition coursework eligibility requirements for the MD/DO pathway to the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). BCNS requires MD/DOs to complete other specific coursework, obtain a passing exam score, and document 1,000 hours of clinical nutrition practice experience. BCNS reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts, and experience to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit www.NutritionSpecialists.org.
Courses offered by the UCSD Extension Integrative Nutrition certificate program are eligible for 10 CE units per course unit for current Certified Nutrition Specialists.
Who should take the certificate?
This program is designed for:
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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UC San Diego School of Medicine
Home Naturals/Buy It Healthy
Director of Scientific Policy
Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine
The Chopra Center
Leadership and Management Consultant and Director
Director of Professional Development
Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists
Goldmine Natural Foods
Research Director and Preventive Medicine Physician
UCSD Natural Healing & Cooking Program
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