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Hawthorn University is approved to offer degree and certificate programs in Holistic Health and Nutrition by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). On September 7, 2016, the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education renewed Hawthorn University's (Institution Code: 48441699) approval to operate for 5 years, contingent upon the institution's ability to comply with the mandatory provisions of Senate Bill (SB) 1247 and achieve accreditation by the July 1, 2020 deadline. Any questions a student may have regarding the approval of the BPPE that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at P.O. Box 980818 Sacramento, CA 95798-0810, http://www.bppe.ca.gov/ ; Phone: (916) 431-6924.


Degree Program Requirements

» Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN)

A total of sixty (60) credits are needed to graduate. To graduate, students must complete all courses and examinations and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.  Students must successfully complete a Midterm Examination to enroll in advanced classes and must successfully complete a Final Examination before enrolling in the thesis courses. Students must clear all financial obligations and their student file must be complete before the degree is awarded.

Admissions Criteria       Course Descriptions

Program Outcomes

The Holistic Nutrition program offers an is an online master of science program that provides students with clinical holistic nutrition tools. Students are taught the principles of holistic nutrition using current science and peer reviewed information. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board examination.

Graduates are:

  • Nutritionists or Nutrition Consultants with clinical private practices;
  • Authors for health oriented publications;
  • Diet Manager
  • Group leaders for health maintenance programs;
  • Lecturers for professional groups, lay audiences, or schools;
  • Teachers at schools, colleges, and other institutions;
  • Researchers in the nutrition and wellness fields;
  • Developers and employees for supplement or health product manufacturers;
  • Collaboratively engaged with nutrition centers, spas, retreat centers, and sports teams.

 

» Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education (MHNE)

A total of thirty-seven (37) credits are needed to graduate. To graduate, students must complete all courses and examinations and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students must successfully complete a Midterm Examination to enroll in advanced classes and must successfully complete a Final Examination. A research topic must be approved by the course instructor and a research project satisfactorily completed to graduate. Students must clear all financial obligations and their student file must be complete before the degree is awarded.

Admissions Criteria       Course Descriptions

Program Outcomes

The Health and Nutrition Education program is an online, interactive master of science degree which is instructor-led and focused on holistic nutrition education. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board examination.

Graduates report holding positions as:

  • Health and nutrition educators in private practice;
  • Authors of health-oriented publications;
  • Health education program group leaders;
  • Lecturers for professional groups, lay audiences, or schools;
  • Teachers;
  • Researchers;
  • Nutritional supplement or health product manufacturers;
  • Managers of health food stores;
  • Health promotion leaders in nutrition centers, spas, and retreat centers.

 

» Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition (MSTN)

A total of thirty-six (36) credits are needed to graduate. To graduate, students must complete all courses and examinations and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students must successfully complete a Midterm Examination to enroll in advanced classes and must successfully complete a Final Examination. Students must clear all financial obligations and their student file must be complete before the degree is awarded.

Admissions Criteria       Course Descriptions

Program Outcomes

The Traditional Nutrition program develops skills in holistic health, wellness promotion, and nutrition education in an online, interactive, asynchronous format. This master of science program explores traditional diets incorporating the principles and philosophy of Weston A. Price. Graduates may be eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board examination.

Graduates may:

  • Educate about holistic health and nutrition practices in private practices
  • Write for health-oriented publications
  • Lead programs and groups leaders in the WAPF groups in their communities;
  • Present to professional groups, lay audiences, or schools about holistic health and traditional nutrition;
  • Research the field;
  • Work with nutritional supplement or health product manufacturers;
  • Manage health food stores.
  • Develop programs in collaborate with nutrition centers, spas, and retreat centers. and sports teams.

 

» Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition (DSC)

A total of sixty (60) credits are needed to graduate. To graduate, students must complete all assignments and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The doctoral program requires a Midterm Examination and a cumulative Final Examination at the completion of all course work followed by a dissertation and an oral defense with committee members. Students must clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before the degree is awarded. 

Admissions Criteria        Course Descriptions

Program Outcomes

The Doctorate in Science in Holistic Nutrition program explores the links between holistic nutrition and environmental sciences, public policy, and the effect of nutrition on various organ systems and promotes the development of tradition of thought, discussion, exploration, and inquiry in the field of holistic nutrition.

Graduates of the Doctorate of Science program may use their skills as;

  • Nutrition educators or consultants working in private practice;
  • Health promoters 
  • Lecturers for professional groups, lay audiences, or schools;
  • Teachers of holistic nutrition or health curriculum at various levels including college;
  • Managers at supplement or health product manufacturing, or health food stores;
  • Leaders in health maintenance programs and groups;
  • Researchers in the field of health, and holistic nutritional;
  • Writers or editors for health-oriented publications;
  • Supervisors at nutrition centers, spas, or retreat centers, and with sports team

Certificate Program Requirements

 

» Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (SFHN)

To graduate, students must complete twenty-four (24) credits, pass the Foundation Level Examination, and achieve an average grade of C or better. The SFHN program requires that students pass the Foundation Level Examination. Students must clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before a certificate is awarded.

Admissions Criteria       Course Descriptions

Program Outcomes

The Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition program explores the benefits of whole foods nutrition and the basics of holistic nutrition information which can be incorporated into an existing health-related practice. Graduates of this 24-credit online program are eligible to enter into the advanced level of the Nutrition Consultant program, which focuses on working with clients.

Graduates may:

  • Seek employment in health-related businesses;
  • Add holistic health information to an existing professional practice;
  • Educate on the health benefits of whole foods;
  • Work as an entry level researcher;
  • Write for community publications.

 

» Nutrition Consultant Certificate (NC)

To graduate students must complete forty-eight (48) credits achieve an average grade of C or better. Students must pass a Midterm Examination and a Final Examination, clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before a certificate is awarded. 

Admissions Criteria        Course Descriptions

Program Outcomes

The Nutrition Consultant program is an online, clinical program which educates students to work in the dynamic field of holistic nutrition and natural health as nutrition consultants. This program includes an optional final research project and presentation for those students who wish to deepen their understanding of a particular concept in greater detail. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing examination.

Graduates are:

  • Nutrition Consultants with private practices;
  • Writers for health oriented publications;
  • Groups leaders for health oriented programs;
  • Lecturers for professional groups, lay audiences or schools;
  • Teachers at schools, colleges and other institutions;
  • Researchers;
  • Employed by supplement or health product manufacturers;
  • Employed by nutrition centers, spas, retreat centers, and sports teams.

 

» Holistic Health Certificate (HH)

The HH certificate program requires that students complete twelve (12) credits and achieve an average grade of C or better in order to graduate. Students must clear all financial obligations and their student file must be complete before a certificate is awarded. A cumulative final test or examination is not required for the completion of this program.

Admissions Criteria       Course Descriptions

Program Outcomes

The Holistic Health, a short, online certificate program introduces basic health concepts by examining wellness from a holistic perspective. Students are taught how to live healthy lives, manage stress, and understand the benefits of physical activity in addition to being introduced to complementary and alternative medicine and fitness.

Graduates of the HH program may:

  • Work for non-profit and social advocacy organizations;
  • Work in integrative medicine doctors' offices;
  • Work in private businesses and schools;
  • Work on community projects or programs;
  • Develop and distribute health-related educational materials;
  • Lecture on holistic health.

 

» Wise Traditions Nutrition Certificate (WTNC)

To graduate, students must complete eighteen (18) credits and achieve an average grade of C or better. Students must clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before a certificate is awarded.  A cumulative final test or examination is not required for the completion of the WTNC program. 

Admissions Criteria        Course Descriptions

Program Outcomes

The Wise Traditions Nutrition Certificate program supports the global mission of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Students study the principles of nourishing traditional diets and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to educate others on how to improve health.

Graduates of the WTNC program may:

  • Work for the Weston A. Price Foundation;
  • Expand an existing practice to include Weston A. Price nutrition principles;
  • Develop community programs to educate others on health-related topics;
  • Create and distribute health-related posters, pamphlets, and other educational materials;
  • Help people find health services or information;
  • Seek employment as an advocate or lobbyist for improved health resources and policies.

» Continuing Education

Lifelong learners can add to your resume by earning Continuing Education Units (CEU) and a Certificate of Completion.  See our assortment of Continuing Education (CE) courses on specific topics pertaining to nutrition and health.

 

 

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