Integrative and Functional Nutrition is a specialization for PhD students in Mind-Body Medicine. This specialization integrates the paradigms and interventions of integrative and functional nutrition with those of mind-body medicine to manage disease and promote overall mind-body wellness.
By combining nutrition science with mind-body-medicine, students will develop a synergistic set of skills unique to healthcare. Graduates will be positioned to address a spectrum of health conditions including functional bowel disorders, food addictions, autoimmune diseases, cognitive impairments, obesity, and many other difficult-to-manage cases from a truly integrative approach. Graduates will also contribute to advancing integrative healthcare practices through ground-breaking research that merges the fields of nutrition and mind-body medicine.
Students electing to incorporate the Integrative and Functional Nutrition specialization within their PhD program will take a minimum of 18 credits from the available Integrative and Functional Nutrition courses. These Integrative and Functional Nutrition courses cover topics including nutritional biochemistry, physiology, nutritional assessment methods, and traditional and integrative nutritional therapies. Students may elect to take additional Integrative and Functional Nutrition courses to fulfill the academic requirements of the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists to pursue the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credentials.
The doctoral degree program in Mind-Body Medicine with an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Specialization offers professionals a science-based approach to broaden and deepen their academic and professional development in the fields of clinical nutrition and integrative healthcare. The program provides the opportunity to build upon the foundation provided by a master’s degree from Saybrook or from another regionally-accredited college or university
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the PhD Degree in Mind-Body Medicine will be able to:
1. Evaluate methodologies and/or conduct independent research to investigate contemporary issues in lifestyle and wellness.
2. Explain the influence of biopsychosocial factors on general health and wellbeing and the implications for individuals, organizations, and/or communities.
3. Interpret the values, ethical principles, and practice standards that are paramount for multidisciplinary practitioners and researchers.
4. Assess and synthesize evidence, theories, and informed practices/interventions in integrative medicine.
5. Apply published research and critical thinking skills in academic papers, presentations, and/or communications.
6. Develop reflective practices and/or model adaptive skills in integrative healthcare and wellness.
7. Demonstrate multicultural competencies and diversity awareness, and support health equity and social justice in healthcare systems.