The Institute Of Human Nutrition

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Medical Nutrition Program for Health Professionals

Nutrition contributes to at least 6 of the 10 leading causes of death, yet medical education lacks training for its use in patient management. The Institute of Human Nutrition bridges the gap with the Medical Nutrition Program for Health Professionals.  This program is specifically designed for health professionals who want to integrate nutrition into their practice. The program starts with one-year of blended online/on-ground coursework, which meets one weekend per month, with additional online components. It includes an applied, comprehensive focus on nutrition biochemistry, growth, development and aging, medical nutrition therapy, clinical nutrition, and counseling techniques. What you learn over the weekend, can be put into practice the following Monday. The courses combine didactic lectures, research discussions, and counseling exercises to enable the effective and immediate application of evidence-based nutrition guidelines, as well as an opportunity to collaborate with peers in the learning process.


After one year, participants earn a Certification of Professional Achievement in Medical Nutrition.  They can then opt to continue for a Masters of Science degree, which entails additional online/on-ground coursework and a guided thesis project tailored to their own area of interest.


Hot topics covered during the weekend program include:

• Is high fructose corn syrup making us fat?
• Is sugar addictive?
• What is a food allergy and how does it differ from food intolerance?
• Does my yogurt contain enough probiotics and does it matter?
• How much omega-3 do we need and how should we get it?
• Do any diets work to help people lose weight?  Maintain weight loss?
• Do athletes need more protein? 
• Do we get enough branched chain amino acids and why do they matter?
• Does a high protein diet exacerbate kidney disease?
• Does raising HDL cholesterol lower CHD risk?
• Would population-wide salt reduction decrease stroke risk?
• How do I assess the latest supplement fad?
• Who needs micronutrients supplements?


For more information contact: Claire Zimmeck at or 212-305-4808

Program Details for 2014-2015


Sample weekends:

Weekend 3    Weekend 4


Admissions for 2014-15

Applicants must hold a health professional degree (e.g. MD, NP, PA, PhD, etc.) and must have completed science coursework in biology, chemistry and/or biochemistry.  Applications must be postmarked by: August 15, 2014.

Note that this is a small, interactive program.  Therefore, spaces are limited.  We strongly encourage applicants to complete applications as early as possible.

For more information on applying, see the online application for health professionals.



The one-year certification component is 18 credits.  The Masters requires an additional 15 credits. 

The tuition and fees for the first year (18 credit certification program) are estimated as follows. Note that fees are subject to change.

* Note that tuition may be tax deductible and fees may also be covered by your employer.  Please check with your employer/benefits office and accountant for details.  

Tuition: $23,256 ($1,292 per credit - $500 deposit due at time of acceptance)
Application fee: $95
Student activity fee: $300
Computer access fee: $573  ($191 per term)
Transcript fee: $105
CME fee: $0  (to be covered by the IHN)
Certification program cost: $24,329 (over three semesters)


The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 89.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please direct inquiries about the program to Dr. Mary DiGiorgi (, Dr. Sharon Akabas (, or Claire Zimmeck (




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630 West 168th Street
Presbyterian Hospital,
Suite 1512
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212 305-4808
Fax: 212 305-3079


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