Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Degree Programs

The study of holistic nutrition and wellness is centered on the belief that all aspects of health are interrelated. Find out if there are schools that offer nutrition degree programs with a holistic approach, and learn what you'll study. See what the job growth outlook is for nutritionists, and get an idea of salaries in this field. Schools offering Complementary & Alternative Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is a Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Degree Program?

Practitioners of holistic nutrition and wellness consider all aspects of health to be interrelated, treating a patient's body as a whole unit and placing less emphasis on individual symptoms. As a holistic nutritionist you will look at how diet can ensure optimum health. While many schools offer a degree in nutrition, a program with a holistic approach may be better suited to you if you're interested in nutrition with a natural health focus. Nutrition degree programs can also prepare you for an accredited dietetic internship, which is necessary for some nutrition or dietitian credentials.

Degree Field Nutrition programs with a holistic aspect are best for those interested in natural health
Course Topics Chemistry, microbiology, life-cycle nutrition, botanical medicine and nutritional therapeutics
Career Options Nutritionist, teacher, research professional or registered dietitian
Job Outlook 2014 to 2024 16% growth for dietitians and nutritionists
Median Annual Salary (May 2015) $57,910 for dietitians and nutritionists

Source: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics|

What Courses Will I Take?

While pursuing a bachelor's degree, such as the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Wellness, you may complete general science and introductory nutrition courses that cover related topics, such as physical activity and health education. You may also find courses similar to the following:

  • Microbiology
  • College algebra
  • Chemistry
  • Principles of food
  • Food service management systems

If you're pursuing a master's degree, like the Master of Science in Nutrition, you will primarily focus on critical analysis, research and specific topics within the field, such as environmental nutrition. You may also complete a clinical practicum and cover other advanced topics, such as:

  • Developmental nutrition
  • Research methods in nutrition
  • Botanical medicine
  • Nutritional therapeutics
  • Life-cycle nutrition

You can also find nutrition and wellness degree programs offered fully or partially online. The curriculum is generally similar to traditional programs and depending on the school, you may also be required to visit the program for some core courses.

What Kinds of Jobs Can I Find?

Earning a bachelor's degree in nutrition can prepare you for a career as a nutritionist working with individual patients, while a master's degree can lead to teaching, consulting or research careers in nutrition. Dietitians generally focus on the nutritive needs of groups and you can also pursue the voluntary registered dietitian (RD) credential from the American Dietetic Association with additional supervised training and certification. You may find nutritionist or dietitian careers at nursing homes, hospitals, doctor offices or other health care environments.

What is the Job Outlook?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted 16% employment growth for dietitians and nutritionists from 2014 to 2024 (www.bls.gov). You may increase your job opportunities by obtaining additional certification, training or an advanced degree. The BLS predicted that although competition for jobs will increase, hospitals would remain a major employer of dietitians and nutritionists. The median salary for nutritionists and dietitians was $57,910 in 2015.

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