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Vital Role of Nutrition

Nutrition and dietary factors play a significant role in the maintenance of health, as well as in the prevention, management and treatment of chronic diseases.

Learn more about the vital role of nutrition in health maintenance

Our University has a long-standing reputation for excellence and a strong community of healthcare professionals which provide the foundation for your Northwestern graduate education. Our Applied Clinical Nutrition Program offers many academic and professional advantages:

Gain expertise in applied clinical nutrition

Our master’s degree and certification programs are designed for providers from all disciplines who want to help their patients and clients maintain good health - and prevent and manage nutrition-related chronic disease. You'll gain the knowledge and skills to be able to assess and offer nutritional advice as allowed within your discipline's scope of practice.

Our programs are designed for healthcare and wellness professionals:

  • Doctors of Chiropractic
  • Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine Practitioners
  • Physicians, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists
  • Health, Wellness and Fitness Coaches
  • Athletic and Personal Trainers
  • Students currently enrolled at Northwestern
  • Other public health and wellness professionals

Why advanced training in applied clinical nutrition?

Whether you are preparing to enter a health career or if you are already a health or wellness professional, you are aware of the significant role that diet and good nutrition play in maintaining health and in the prevention, management and treatment of chronic disease.

Healthcare professionals outside of the field of nutrition and dietetics need to also be prepared to address the nutritional needs and concerns of their clientele within their discipline's scope of practice. Our Applied Clinical Nutrition Program is designed to provide sound, evidence-based nutrition information and skills for you to apply within your current or future scope of practice.

Learn more about the vital role of nutrition in health maintenance.

As you progress though the curriculum, you will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate the nutritional status and dietary needs of your patients or clientele
  • Apply the science behind the use of dietary supplements and nutraceuticals
  • Identify what is sound, evidence-based nutrition information and recommendations
  • Provide this sound, evidence-based nutritional advice within your scope of practice
  • Understand the concept of food as medicine

Enhance patient care and practice opportunities

You'll gain a solid background and expertise relevant to today's complex, nutrition-related health issues to better address the nutritional needs of your clientele within your scope of practice.

Use of real-world examples that apply to your profession

Case examples and discussions in the courses are based on real-world clinical, wellness and public health experiences. You can immediately relate and apply, within your scope of practice, what you're learning in the program.

Small class sizes

Our small class sizes allow our faculty to get to know you and your style of learning. This high level of interaction helps you find the best approach for specific clinical and wellness issues, making your education immediately relevant to your scope of practice.

Convenient course offerings

Our courses utilize a blend of in-person and online instruction so you get the advantage of both the interaction with your colleagues and the convenience of self-paced learning.

Learn from faculty who are expert mentors

Our faculty not only teach - they mentor you - making certain that you are are able to apply what you learn to real-world patient and client care. They encourage the open exchange of ideas and provide immediate feedback about coursework and clinical issues. Outside of the classroom, you maintain contact with your professors for timely support and follow-up for your questions. Our faculty make certain that you are are able to apply what you learn to patient and client care. Learn more about our faculty.

Tailored for the full-time professional

Our program is designed so you can earn a master’s degree or graduate certificate while maintaining a work-life balance. Convenient online courses and in-person blended classes minimize time away from your work schedule and family.

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