Program Overviews

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.

Upon successful completion of the MSHN program, graduates should be able to:

  • Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease;
  • May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food service;
  • Counsel individuals;
  • Conduct nutritional research;
  • Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards;
  • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary care plans and provide nutritional counseling;
  • Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation;
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutritional monitoring to improve their quality of life;
  • Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patients and clients.

 

» 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.

Upon successful completion of the MHNE program, graduates should be able to:

  • Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities;
  • Maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles;
  • Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing; monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments;
  • Serve as resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs;
  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs, such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations;
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care;
  • Develop educational materials and programs for community agencies, local government, and state government;
  • Prepare and distribute health education materials, such as reports, bulletins, and visual aids, to address public health concerns;
  • Supervise professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals;
  • Plan programs to address community health issues;
  • Present social services program information to the public;
  • Develop working relationships with others to facilitate program activities;
  • Provide educational materials to community members.

 

» 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.

Upon successful completion of the MSTN program, graduates should be able to:

  • Teach others to summarize and evaluate the personal factors and nutritional choices that affect health;
  • Guide others in formulating health and wellness goals;
  • Create and deliver informational presentations on the relationships between nutrition and a variety of health issues;
  • Design and create instructional materials that explain the overlapping influences that affect food choice and eating behavior;
  • Design and create instructional materials on nutrition and health for a variety of direct and indirect venues.

 

» 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.

Upon successful completion of the doctoral program, graduates should be able to:

  • Maintain updated client records with plans, notes, appropriate forms, or related information;
  • Advise clients or community groups on issues related to improving general health, such as diet or exercise. Identify or contact members of high-risk or otherwise targeted groups, such as members of minority populations, low-income populations, or pregnant women;
  • Contact clients in person, by phone, or in writing to ensure they have completed required or recommended actions;
  • Distribute flyers, brochures, or other informational or educational documents to inform members of a targeted community;

As well as:

  • Analyze and add to the knowledge in the field of nutrition;
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the relevant history and present definition of the nutrition field, including the major literature, theories, practices, problems, ethical issues, and research methods;
  • Use theory and research evidence to identify, design, and assess behavioral and action-focused nutrition education programs;
  • Create activities and coalitions with organizational, community, and other partners to promote policies and environments that are supportive of the public’s ability to eat healthfully;
  • Demonstrate clarity and sophistication in written and oral presentations characterized by logical coherence and consistency, by the proper use of evidence and citations, and by the development of the student’s unique point of view;
  • Create original research as demonstrated by the Doctoral Dissertation Project;
  • Analyze current research in nutrition in order to utilize it clinically or in an educational setting, or to affect health policy;
  • Utilize a systems theory approach to health, nutrition, and physiological function.

 

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.

Upon successful completion of the SFHN program, graduates should be able to:

  • Disseminate nutrition information;
  • Conduct classes or seminars or give a speech related to nutrition;
  • Understand the importance of whole foods;
  • Discuss the benefits of macro and micronutrients;
  • Engage in the explanation of the uses of food, food materials, or dietary supplements or their preparation;
  • Work as an assistant in a nutrition-related setting, e.g., spa, health food store, etc.
  • Continue on and complete an NC certificate program.

 

» 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.

Upon successful completion of the NC program, graduates should be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics of a positive holistic nutrition lifestyle to clients;
  • Discuss the differences between various nutrition options with clients;
  • Evaluate and monitor the nutritional intake of clients and assist them in making informed decisions about nutrition;
  • Formulate holistic nutrition strategies to promote health and well-being in clients with a variety of health conditions;
  • Explain the value of nutritional supplements to clients;
  • Prepare a business strategy for opening a consulting practice.

 

» 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.

Upon successful completion of the HH program, graduates should be able to:

  • Identify ways to create balance between work and life;
  • Learn how to identify your health habits and the features of an ideal health profile;
  • Identify ways to incorporate stress management techniques into a daily routine;
  • Understand the basic concepts of complementary and alternative medicine;
  • Define health, wellness and fitness and discuss ways to achieve them.

 

» 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.

Upon successful completion of the WTNC program, graduates should know:

  • The key differences between traditional and modern diets;
  • How Dr. Price's research applies to a modern scientific understanding of fats, oils, cholesterol, and fat-soluble vitamins;
  • How eggs, organ meats, shellfish, cultured foods, and raw dairy products promote optimal health, fertility, and longevity;
  • How politics, marketing, and money have altered public perception of fat, cholesterol, and animal products and promote low-fat, high-carbohydrate, and plant-based diet plans;
  • The nutritional outcomes that can result from low-fat, high-soy, plant-based, and vegetarian diets;
  • The health benefits of soaking, fermenting, and other traditional preparations of grains, beans, and seeds;
  • How to articulate science-based arguments supporting the power of clean, raw whole milk from pastured cows;
  • How omnivorism and locavorism are sustainable keys to human health, animal rights, and environmental protection.

 


» 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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