Online Master's Degree in Holistic Nutrition

Holistic nutrition is the study of natural remedies for food and diet-related issues. Although online master's degrees in holistic nutrition are rare, there are campus-based degree programs in this field. Find out about common courses and career options. Schools offering Acupuncture degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are My Online Degree Options for a Master's Degree in Holistic Nutrition?

It is very rare to find a college or university that offers a master's degree in holistic nutrition through a distance education program. Through the colleges that do provide such a program you can earn a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition or a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education with a concentration in holistic nutrition. Some universities also offer online degree programs in nutrition with electives that focus on alternative or complementary approaches.

Degree Options MS in Holistic Nutrition, MA in Holistic Health Education with a concentration in holistic nutrition, master's degree in nutrition with electives in alternative nutrition
Skills Gained Nutritional counseling and therapy, research, community education, holistic health applications
Common Courses Health coaching, weight management, biochemistry, biology, health foods
Career Options Nutritionist, dietitian, health educator
Certification Available through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board
Career Outlook (2014 - 2024) Grow by 16% (dietitians and nutritionists)*
Median Annual Salary (2014) $56,950 (dietitians and nutritionists)*

Source: *US Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Might I Learn in an Online Master's Program in Holistic Nutrition?

As a graduate student, you should gain an understanding of holistic health, including how the mind, body and spirit work in unison. You should also learn ways to improve overall health and wellness through a balanced nutrition approach. Some programs focus on research and the role of food in a person's health while others teach you the role of nutritional therapy for people trying to address their eating habits. You may also learn how to implement these skills within the community by working as a nutritionist or health educator, promoting a practice of holistic eating.

What Are Some Common Courses?

Your courses are meant to combine nutrition with human anatomy, physiology, biology and counseling. Many classes give you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of food, including fat and protein contents and how the body absorbs and uses food. Some colleges allow you to enroll in a hybrid program in which your online classes are combined with on-campus learning and assignments. Some of your courses may include:

  • Healthy foods
  • Health coaching
  • Weight management with a holistic approach
  • Food and culture
  • Biochemistry
  • Micronutrients
  • Mental health and nutrition
  • Research trends in nutrition

What About After I Graduate?

Once you earn your degree, you may be able to find work as a holistic nutritionist, dietitian or health educator within a community-based health center or organization. Your degree can also prepare you to gain board certification from an organization such as the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finds that the employment of dietitians and nutritionists is likely to grow by 16% between 2014 and 2024 as more people focus on changing their dietary habits to reduce the likelihood of disease (www.bls.gov). The BLS also finds that in May 2014, dietitians and nutritionists earned an annual salary of $56,950.

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