The MA degree can be completed in 7 quarters if students start in the fall quarter. However, students pursuing the Holistic Nutrition Specialization and/or the Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching will need at least one additional quarter to complete the required electives.
Master of Arts
in Holistic Health Education
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The Specialization in Holistic Nutrition requires completion of 24 units, 13 of which are core units embedded in the MA in Holistic Health Education curriculum, and 11 of which are electives. (NOTE: Because we only require 5 units of electives, the specialization students end up taking a total of 65 rather than 59 units to get all 11 of the elective units required for the specialization.)
- Unique nutritional expertise embedded within the field of health education
- Emphasis on food as a healing modality
- Students learn to customize their nutritional approach for each client
Students enrolled in the Specialization in Holistic Nutrition evaluate multiple nutritional approaches and dietary theories, analyzing the benefits and deficits of each approach as applied to the individual.
Throughout the course of study, students apply the theme of food as a healing modality in a range of ways, from addressing imbalances that occur throughout an individual’s lifetime to developing nutritional and herbal approaches to common disease states including heart disease, diabetes and dysglycemia, cancer, and autoimmune conditions. The concepts of nourishment and creating health within imbalance and disease states are also explored.
Finally, the Specialization in Holistic Nutrition reaches beyond holism as applied to the individual to implications in global food systems and environmental influences on individual and community health.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
As a result of completing the Specialization in Holistic Nutrition, graduates are able to:
- Choose nutritional approaches and demonstrate understanding of theory, issues, health information, research, and applications in the field of nutrition
- Explain in clear language basic philosophies of holistic nutrition and application of nutritional therapies
- Practice professionally as a nutrition educator, instructor, and consultant as well as an integrative/holistic health educator
- Embody a healthy approach to nutrition and nourishment, and model health through food and nutrition in one’s own community