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About the Integrative Nutrition Program

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 Spring 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:

  • Existing health professionals
  • Those who aspire to careers in healthcare
  • Those who seek to develop or deepen a focus in diet and nutrition with a holistic orientation
  • College-level coursework in relevant areas of at least one of these subjects is preferred: culinary arts, non-dietary healing arts, dietetics, nutrition, biology (biochemistry, cell/plant biology or microbiology), or chemistry (inorganic, organic, or analytical). However, individuals are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Cooking experience is not required, but will be helpful

Healthcare in the U.S. has been dramatically shifting in recent years toward greater focus on prevention and wellness, as evidenced by the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. In 2011, the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) of the ACA was released with a stated goal of increasing the number of healthy Americans at every stage of life. Nutrition and healthy eating were listed as one of its seven primary priority areas.

Healthcare professionals will be able to utilize the certificate to expand their existing scope of practice by incorporating the use of food as medicine. Program graduates will be able to provide services such as counseling and coaching in the following areas:

  • Use of food as medicine
  • Diet-centered home health assistance
  • Healthy and natural food production for individuals
  • Groups, schools, and businesses
  • Personal and group cooking instruction

These types of services will help meet the needs of additional target audiences including new parents and younger people with a growing awareness of the importance of wellness, disease prevention, and self-care, as well as the rapidly increasing population of baby boomers with age-related health concerns.

Format: Online

Part 1 Core Courses offered online every quarter, Part 2 Practical Portion offered online only during Winter and Summer quarters

Estimated Cost: $2,860

Not including books ~$200 or certificate fee - $95

Duration: 1 year

Contact
Department
Healthcare & Behavioral Sciences
Phone
858-534-9262
Email
unexhealthcare@ucsd.edu

Courses

Delivery Method
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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses: 8
  • Total units: 14

All courses required

Foundations of Nutrition I: Introduction to Nutrition ScienceBIOL-40320

Units: 3.00

$395

Over the ten-week length of the course, students will study nutrition science principles on the following topics: The importance of nutrition research, research study designs, the scientific methodPl...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Foundations of Nutrition II: Diet and DiseaseBIOL-40321

Units: 3.00

$395

This is a three-unit asynchronous online nutrition course that explores the relationship between diet and disease. The course is designed for current and future healthcare professionals. Over the ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Food as Medicine: The Art and Science of Food, Nutrition and Self-HealingFPM-40618

Units: 1.00

$245

Learn the latest philosophy of Self-Healing with Food. Students are introduced to ancient wisdom and modern science of food as medicine; food and natural remedies for common health issues; and working...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Behavior Change and Lifestyle CoachingFPM-40587

Units: 1.00

$195

(Formerly Motivational and Adherence Strategies for Personal Training) Success in personal training in today’s sophisticated market necessitates the design of comprehensive programs that simultaneousl...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

The Business of Integrative NutritionFPM-40619

Units: 1.00

$215

Learn the skills to convert your Integrative Nutrition knowledge into a viable business, including: Overview of the Health Food Production and Personal Chef IndustriesLook at the industry from a busi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Advanced Nutrition TopicsFPM-40620

Units: 2.00

$315

The course builds on the foundation, established in the course Food as Medicine: The Art and Science of Self-Healing, for a career-focused training program Certificate in Integrative Nutrition. Taug...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

All courses required

Natural Healing and CookingFPM-40623

Units: 2.50

$350

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 Winter courses...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Nutrition PracticumFPM-40624

Units: 0.50

$110

To complete the program in Natural Healing and Cooking, students will also be required to demonstrate their skills by remotely hosting a mini-cooking class after the completion of the Natural Healing...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

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Industry Certification

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 UC San Diego Extension Integrative Nutrition certificate program are eligible for 10 CE units per course unit for current Certified Nutrition Specialists.

Advisory Board

Cheryl Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS

Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and

UC San Diego School of Medicine

Larry Cooper, J.D.

Founder

Home Naturals/Buy It Healthy

Norman Frazier

Founder

Frazier Farms

Ann Jaffe, RD

Integrative Dietitian

Lawrence Kushi, Sc.D.

Director of Scientific Policy

Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

Lauray MacElhern, MBA

Managing Director

UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine

Sheila Patel, MD

Medical Director

The Chopra Center

Joe Raffa, EdD

Leadership and Management Consultant and Director

Cancer Navigator

Dana Reed, M.S., C.N.S., C.D.N.

Director of Professional Development

Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists

Jean Richardson

Founder

Goldmine Natural Foods

Gordon Saxe, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.N.

Research Director and Preventive Medicine Physician

UCSD Natural Healing & Cooking Program

Colleen Someck

Co-Founder

Jimbos's Naturally

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.