The Institute Of Human Nutrition

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Medical Nutrition Program for Health Professionals

Nutrition contributes to at least six of the ten 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.

Please note: We have suspended the Health Professionals program for Fall 2016 and we will not be offering the blended learning program at this time. If you remain interested, please contact Dr. Sharon Akabas at  An alternative is for you to apply to our full time program which can be completed in one year. For more information about the program, you can visit


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?

Please note: 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.  

Program Details for 2015-2016

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.

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