The mission of the MS in Holistic Nutrition degree program is to provide professional holistic nutrition and physical health recommendations from which community programming and client education can be based. This in turn will help people to live healthier lives, prevent illness or injury, and reduce the risk of chronic disease while promoting wellness.
Holistic nutrition is the foundation to any holistic health lifestyle plan for optimal health. The United States healthcare system has shifted its emphasis to prevention in an effort to reduce healthcare costs and service a society that is both growing and living longer. With the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in late 2010 by the US Government there is even more focus on prevention and wellness. The National Prevention Strategy (NPS) was released June 16, 2011, as part of the ACA. The NPS launched a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. Nutrition and healthy eating are one of the seven primary priorities outlined in the detailed NPS strategy.
The demand for nutrition education and nutrition professionals has increased. In fact, in December 2011 the Nutrition Business Journal reported that the global nutrition industry posted 6.1% annual growth in 2010, with natural & organic food (7.5%) and natural personal care (8.7%) the strongest performers. Consumer use of Complementary and Alternative (CAM) approaches to wellness and prevention continues to increase, fueled by a number of factors, including increasing research of efficacy, dissatisfaction with allopathic models (particularly for chronic health problems), and an aging population.
This emphasis on preventative care and health and wellness at a government level, in the global nutrition industry and amongst consumers is projected to create new opportunities in the health care and health and wellness-related industries. 
The MS in Holistic Nutrition program offers students a focused training in advanced applied holistic nutrition. There is an emphasis on integrating holistic nutrition research and coaching skills to prepare graduates for direct application of holistic nutrition theory, science and concepts in holistic health lifestyle planning for optimal health.
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The Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree is also designed for:
Specifically, graduates of the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program will:
The full program objectives for this program can be found in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.
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Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.
Tuition and Fees:
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The required course sequence for this program is published in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.
 *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2010-11 Edition, Healthcare, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs035.htm. National long-term projections may
 This degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator.