The Functional Nutrition track prepares individuals to make better use of food as a natural medicine to reduce the risk of disease and promote vibrant health. The curriculum focuses on a systems biology approach to identifying the root causes of disease and dysfunction; understanding the basic tenets of functional nutrition protocols; exploring traditional foodways and culturally based herbal medicine, as well as translating modern research into recommendations for food selection, recipes, and product development. These courses are appropriate for individuals in healthcare, allied healthcare, food manufacturing, product research and development, hospitality, or food service, and even for those interested in keeping themselves optimally healthy.
After completing the Functional Nutrition track, students are expected to be able to:
- Use the systems biology approach to nutrition care, taking into consideration an individual’s symptoms, food choices, nutrient intake, lifestyle, environment, and metabolic differences as precipitating factors in disease and impaired health functioning.
- Provide individualized nutrition guidance, within the scope of practice, for improved health, wellness, and sport performance goals.
- Translate current research into recommendations, recipes, and preparation techniques that will support optimal health.
- Evaluate traditional eating patterns and medicine practices as sources for culturally appropriate food recommendations.
- Evaluate therapeutic recommendations as evidence-based.