Program Overview - Master of Health Science in Clinical Nutrition

Curriculum detail

Course descriptions
Curriculum outline

Our Master of Health Science in Clinical Nutrition (MHS) provides in-depth, practical study in evidence-based nutrition from the perspectives of functional medicine and whole foods. As a healthcare professional, you'll expand your knowledge of nutrition to provide more comprehensive care to your patients.

Gaining a greater knowledge about the interrelationship among body systems enables you to address patient concerns about nutrition using a more holistic approach. You'll gain an in-depth understanding the use of whole food applications and proper supplementation to optimize your patient's health and wellness.

Program length

The MHS degree can be completed in 3 years with our part-time, weekend schedule - convenient for working professionals.

Program details

  • Part-time enrollment
  • Maximum of 6 credits per term
  • Combination of online coursework and in-person classes
  • In-person classes require meeting only one weekend per month for a total of 3 weekends per term

Program format

  • Online graduate core courses
  • Hybrid-format clinical nutrition courses - combination of one weekend per month classes with additional online coursework
  • Our online learning management system allows you to interact with instructors and peers outside the classroom and check your progress anytime

Credits, courses and thesis

The MHS academic program consists of 40 credits, including

  • 13 credits in the graduate core curriculum
  • 27 credits in clinical nutrition

MHS graduate core courses

The graduate core curriculum provides you with a foundation of knowledge in the principles of evidence-based health care and integrated health care, research design and statistics. You learn how to evaluate current literature and synthesize, communicate and integrate this information in your clinical practice. Courses help you hone your presentation skills and scholarly writing.

Clinical nutrition courses

Coursework includes macronutrients, micronutrients, functional nutrition and assessment, lifecycle nutrition, holistic nutrition, women's health, and clinical nutrition for gastrointestinal and endocrine disorders, inflammation, pain, degenerative diseases and autoimmune disorders.

Master's thesis

Your master's degree culminates in a written thesis and oral presentation. The thesis integrates your knowledge and skills in a field-based or literature-based project that highlights a significant issue or concept in clinical nutrition.

Program admission

Graduation requirements

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Northwestern Health Sciences University reserves the right to change or discontinue academic programs at the University’s discretion.


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