Holistic Nutrition Admission

Welcome to Hawthorn University’s Admission Information page. If you are unsure if online learning fits your personal education needs, please feel free to take the following brief survey.

Students interested in taking courses listed in the Holistic Nutrition Elective area will earn three (3) credits.

If you are a new applicant for the Holistic Nutrition elective program, please fill out an application. Select "Enroll Now" and create an account.

If you have already created an account and submitted an application for any of Hawthorn's electives, NO new application is required. Simply contact Kathy and your request will be added to your course selection area.

New Applicants: Choose Holistic Nutrition - Individual Courses from the Program drop down menu. The status will automatically default to non-matriculated. In the drop down menu, under Course, choose the course you want. When you complete and submit the application, you will receive an email from the Director of Admissions with additional information. No application fee is required.

Non-Matriculating Students

Students who want to take individual courses from any of Hawthorn's programs or from the Holistic Nutrition - Elective Course listing are considered non-matriculating students and are subject to the same admission requirements as their program of interest. For example, students who want a master's level course must show proof of an earned bachelor's degree. Students must also submit a photo ID. Students interested in taking individual courses in the WTNC and MSTN programs must be members of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Should a non-matriculating student decide to enroll into a program at a later date, a new program application must be submitted along with all required documentation for admission into the program. A $60 application fee (non-refundable) will be charged.

For additional information, questions, or assistance contact Kathleen McDermott, Director of Admissions & Student Management, at  or call Kathy at 707-986-4153, Ext. 401 during office hours M-F, 9 am - 5 pm ET.

Holistic Nutrition Tuition & Fees

Choose from the available Holistic Nutrition Elective courses below and begin your journey into the world of nutrition and wellbeing. Upon receipt of payment, the course will be released to you online. Once the course is completed and successfully passed, a link to a Certificate of Completion will be opened allowing you to print a Certificate. Return to the main page specific to the course(s) you are interested in studying for course descriptions.


Holistic Nutrition (HN)

Course Name



Books & Materials (Est.)


NHA 800 - Nutritional Needs for Healthy Aging 3 Credits $300.00 $37.48 $337.48
HRB 1 - Herbal Cooking:  The Healing Power of Herbs 3 Credits $300.00 $32.00 $332.00
DNI 810 - Nutrient, Drug, & Herb Interactions
3 Credits $300.00
$44.00 $344.00
MHNE 611 - The Business of Health and Nutrition Educators 3 Credits $420.00 $113.10 $533.10

Holistic Nutrition Electives Overview

"Education is the process in which we discover that learning adds quality to our lives. Learning must be experienced."
William Glasser

Are you interested in expanding your knowledge in the area of holistic nutrition? Explore the options and enroll as a non-matriculating student. Take one or more of the elective offerings and earn three (3) college credits for each course.

Hawthorn University is a student supported university where life-long learning inspires our mission. Individuals interested in expanding their knowledge in a specific topic or who wish to add to their personal or professional development in the area of health and wellness may benefit by enrolling in a holistic nutrition elective course.

These new courses were developed by health and nutrition professionals at Hawthorn University. These courses are tightly focused and designed to be completed in sixty (60) days. Students are able to request a three (3) week extension should they require additional time to complete their assignments.

Holistic Nutrition courses include a selection of readings from excellent textbooks, web links to informative online information, lectures or webinars. Some courses include an online exam or an end-of-course oral conference with the instructor. All courses require written assignments used to evaluate student progress.

Without leaving your home, you can take a variety of non-degree continuing education courses or holistic nutrition credit-bearing courses for career and personal development at an affordable price. Hawthorn will continue to offer additional health, education, and holistic nutrition courses. Newly released courses are posted on this website.

Take advantage of our course offerings and follow your passion, receive intellectual stimulation, and become a life-long learner.

HN Course Descriptions

Holistic Nutrition Elective Courses

Open Enrollment. Contact Kathy McDermott, Director of Admissions & Student Management to apply:  .

NHA 800 Course Description:

Explore the health patterns of older adults and become skilled at educating others regarding the impact of diet and lifestyle in this population to make successful behavior changes. Learn to develop nutrition plans for seniors with Dr. Janet Ludwig in a Master's level independent study course. (Master's level - 3 Credits)

NHA 800 Course Objectives:

  • Describe how physiologic changes of aging impact nutrition 
  • List characteristics representative of the aging population
  • Identify nutrition-related challenges facing the aging population
  • Describe the factors that affect the nutritional status of various ethnic groups
  • Evaluate the various guidelines and standards currently used to evaluate nutritional adequacy and status of older adults
  • Describe the nutritional impact of diseases/conditions common in older adults
  • Explain the significance of nutrition in prevention and management of diseases commonly impacting older adults
  • Suggest appropriate dietary and lifestyle interventions for the management and prevention of disease and conditions common in older adults
  • Describe the benefits of exercise for older adults
  • Identify physiologic changes of aging that impact exercise capacity
  • Compare various nutrition support services and food programs available for older adults

Contact Kathy McDermott at  for scheduled dates for this course.

Learn to identify and cook with herbs beneficial to your health!  

Click Here for a video introduction for HRB 1 by course instructor Michele Palazzo.

HRB 1 Course Description:

The role of herbs and spices as healing agents are studied. Students will learn to introduce nourishing herbs and spices into the diet and inspire new creative dishes while focusing on food for health and well being. Food can be used as medicine especially when it is specifically directed to the parts of the body that need nurturing. Students will look at the kitchen medicines that tend to be readily available as well as garden herbs and wild plants that can be incorporated into food to achieve overall health, the body systems and certain plants that have an affinity for them, and vitamins and minerals in food. The best techniques to cook with seasonal plants, how to recognize quality herbs, and how to create daily menus that promote a balanced diet will be explored. (Certificate Level - 3 Credits)

This course is designed as a certificate course and is open for any individual with a high school diploma or GED. It is anticipated that students will dedicate 9 to 15 hours a week to reading, viewing online materials, and doing assignments. Students are scheduled to complete the course in 12 weeks. In the event that a student experiences unforeseen difficulties, an extension for an additional three (3) weeks will be added to the timeframe for completion of the course. All other University policies apply.

HRB 1 Course Objectives:

  • Recognize and use quality herbs and spices
  • Identify the parts of certain plants that can be utilized for health and nourishment during different times of the year
  • Grow a medicinal plant that can be used in food
  • Discuss the importance of eating for nourishment
  • Describe the process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients and identify herbs and spices that enhance this process
  • Explain the properties of different herbs and spices that can be used for medicine in various recipes
  • Illustrate the extraction process of medicinal qualities of plants into a variety of solutions
  • Learn how to establish a relationship with the plants that invigorate body systems to support health
  • Experiment with an abundance of edible and medicinal plants to create recipes that satisfy taste buds and body chemistry alike
  • Develop a menu with medicinal herbs and spices that will benefit each of the body systems

MHNE 611 Course Description:

Students synthesize what they have learned about food, environment, menu planning, physiology and anatomy, and coaching to support health and wellness, and prepare to go into business. Detailed instruction is presented to support the student in growing a successful business. Organization, networking, marketing, planning and accounting are the focus of this course. Students are taught to work within the legal and professional scope of practice for Health and Nutrition Educators. (3 Credits)

MHNE 611 Course Objectives:

  • Summarize and begin to implement the functional aspects involved in setting up a health and nutrition education business 
  • Asess and summarize the legal and ethical parameters of running a health and nutrition education business 
  • Compare and contrast marketing tools that help promote a health and nutrition education business 
  • Prepare a business plan that includes a mission, vision, and a strategic plan for long term growth
  • Evaluate and summarize reasons why it is important of participate in professional associations relevant to health and nutrition education
  • Examine and demonstrate ways you can help to shape the profession of health and nutrition eduction
  • Assess and demonstrate ways you can impact the profession by participating in community networks and coalitions
  • Consider the importance of educating policymakers in government 
  • Review and utilize technology to prepare for, develop and give public presentations

DNI 810 Course Description:

This course explores the interactions of drugs, herbs, and food and their roles in the development of nutritional imbalance. Depletion of nutrients can lead to changes in physiology thus resulting in side effects and adverse clinical symptoms. The effects of drugs and herbs on food and nutrition including nutrient absorption, breakdown and excretion, and other actions are covered. Major classes of prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and their effect in gastrointestinal and metabolic function will be reviewed. This course will review the most significant herb and drug interactions and provide an evaluation of databases and information relating to this topic. Strategies to prevent adverse food, drug, and herbal interactions will be presented.

This course is designed to enhance the knowledge of and benefit students interested in learning more about the interactions of nutrients, drugs, and herbs. It is anticipated that students will dedicate 9 to 15 hours a week to reading, viewing online materials, and doing assignments. This course is scheduled to be completed in 8 weeks. (Master's level - 3 Credits)

DNI 810 Course Objectives:

  • Identify and assess the physiological role of various nutrient, drug, and herb interactions
  • Explain nutritional imbalances induced as a function of drug and herb interactions
  • Assess the physiological effects of drugs and herbs that may result in nutrient depletion
  • Describe the side effects of various prescription and over-the-counter drugs and herbs
  • Evaluate food, nutrient, herb, and drug interactions for the most common categories of drugs used for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions
  • Evaluate databases and compiled information of known herb and drug interactions
  • Develop strategies to avoid adverse effects due to nutrient-drug and herb interactions

Holistic Nutrition Computer Requirements

Students must have access to a computer with the following configurations in order to benefit and easily navigate Hawthorn University’s Holistic Nutrition course learning platform.

Window Users
1. Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, or 8
2. Minimum of 512 MB Memory
3. Broadband Connection
4. Soundcard and Speakers
5. Browser: Google Chrome version 25 or higher (Recommended)
Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher/Mozilla Firefox 22.0 or higher
(If Internet Explorer 10 or higher is used, it must be in Compatibility View.
Instructions for configuring Compatibility View are available in the Forms/Publications section of the student's learning portal.)
6. Adobe Acrobat Reader
7. Word processing program that will convert a document to a pdf for submission of assignments

Mac Users
1. Mac OS X or higher
2. Minimum of 256 MG Memory
3. Broadband Connection
4. Speakers
5. Browser: Google Chrome version 25 or higher (Recommended)
Safari 5.0 or higher/Mozilla Firefox 22.0 or higher
6. Adobe Acrobat Reader
7. Word processing program that will convert a document to a pdf for submission of assignments