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, ; Phone: (916) 431-6924.


Degree Programs

» Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN)

Learn about functional medicine nutritional tools that can increase vitality and reduce long range disease risk. Conference with your instructor and work with practice clients in this clinical program.

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

Build a professional portfolio while developing proficiency in wellness promotion and holistic nutrition education in this interactive, independent study program.

» Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition (MSTN)

Explore the traditional philosophy of Weston A. Price and learn about whole foods through the development of professional materials and practical activities.

» Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition (DSC)

Explore the links between holistic nutrition, environmental sciences, and public policy in this interdisciplinary, independent study program. Study holistic nutrition, health, and physiological function from a systems theory approach.

The Doctoral Program, Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition, Master of Science in Health and Nutrition, and the Nutrition Consultant program have been reviewed and approved by the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC) and the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP). Qualified graduates may sit for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board’s National Exam to become board certified in holistic nutrition.


Certificate Programs

» Scientific Foundations of Holistic Nutrition (SFHN)

Learn more about the benefits of whole foods nutrition or add nutrition information into an existing health-related practice. Students who complete this program can transfer seamlessly into the Nutrition Consultant program.

» Nutrition Consultant Certificate (NC)

Discuss holistic nutrition principles, develop health promoting materials and encourage well being. This program is designed for people without a bachelor's degree that want to support clients' health and wellness. Clinical courses include instructor conference calls.

» Holistic Health Certificate (HH)

Study the basic concepts of health by examining wellness from a holistic perspective. Explore the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine to improve the quality of your life.

» Wise Traditions Nutrition Certificate (WTNC)

Nourishing traditional diets based on the research of Weston A. Price contribute to the health and well-being of humanity. Develop programs, create and distribute educational materials, and advocate 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.