Skip to content

Get the Skills to Become a Doctor of Holistic Nutrition

A woman with grey hair, wearing a white shirt, in an open and naturally lit space. Take your Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree at Hawthorn.
This program will allow you to work in the field as a health educator, or to compliment your work as a health professional or researcher

Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition Program

Earning my doctorate degree from Hawthorn was one of the best career and educational accomplishments I've ever achieved. The experience was fantastic, the mentoring was wonderful, the information and knowledge I've gained was completely germane to my area of expertise! I would recommend Hawthorn University to any one serious about taking their educational expertise to the next level.
Sheila Dean, DSC Graduate

Nutrition is inescapable. It relates to countless aspects of how we function as people; our relationship with our body and mind, health and disease, global nutrition politics and policies, the environment, and more. Not to mention the fact that we must feed ourselves daily to stay alive. With such an essential part of life, how did North Americans’ relationship with food become so complicated?

If you’re motivated to do a deep dive into holistic nutrition, exploring these ideas and more, then you would be a good fit for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition (DSC) Degree program. This practical, interdisciplinary program provides you with a science-based understanding of holistic nutrition and gives you the tools to make a difference in others’ lives by preparing you to work in an educational or clinical setting.

The best way to see if Hawthorn University is the right fit for you is to contact an admissions advisor. Get more information on the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition Degree program, the online learning format, and pay-as-you-go options so that you can make an informed decision about your future.

Become Qualified in Holistic Nutrition

Throughout the DSC Degree program, we’ll provide you with a working understanding of human physiology and biochemistry, integrated with the current science of nutrition. We’ll use evidence-based information to zero in on how food and lifestyle affect overall health. You’ll learn about the use of nutritional and herbal supplements, detoxification programs, and laboratory testing that can be used to assess nutritional and functional status.

What’s more, you’ll gain awareness of the relevant history and present definition of the holistic nutrition field including major literature, theories, practices, problems, ethical issues, and research methods. As you are exposed to a variety of ideas, you’ll build the ability to discuss and debate nutrition issues – becoming an expert over the duration of the DSC Degree program.

During the 60-credit Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition Degree program you’ll learn:

  • Global Nutrition Politics and Policies
  • Research and Bioethics
  • Environmental Nutrition: Health Implications
  • Gastrointestinal Processes in Health and Disease
  • Detoxification: Theory to Practice
  • Inflammation, Immunity, and Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Metabolic Syndrome, and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hormones and Nutrition.
  • Neuroscience and Nutrition
  • Health Promotion and Behavior Change
  • Biostatistics in Health
  • Directed Study
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • And More!

This program includes a dissertation, for in-depth exploration into a topic that interests and intrigues you. To review a copy of the Doctoral Dissertation Handbook, click here.

Is a Future in Holistic Health & Nutrition Right for You? Find Out! Take the Hawthorn University “Holistic Nutrition Career Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Holistic Nutrition Career Training Readiness score now.

Certification Makes You Credible

As a Hawthorn graduate, you have options for board certification. Becoming certified can open doors to employment as it proves you completed a rigorous educational program and are able to demonstrate your knowledge – earning the highest level of professional recognitions in the holistic nutrition industry. Click HERE to download your copy of Post-Graduation Professional Certifications.

The Convenience of Online Learning

At Hawthorn, programs are entirely online and offer the support of your peers and mentorship of your teacher right at your fingertips. Educational tools include audio lectures, dynamic interviews with professionals in clinical practice, original articles from Hawthorn University, textbooks, journals, websites, diet analysis software, clinical conference calls, message boards, hands-on and community-based assignments, and individual teacher-student interaction. Each course concludes with a teacher-student telephone call and oral review.

As with traditional on-ground schools, you’ll be expected to complete practical activities, research and written assignments, practice exercises, and other community-based projects – all online. You’ll also have the option to engage with peers and faculty via website based message boards. Advanced level courses allow you to participate in clinical review; you’ll present client protocols via conference calls.

Program Details

Curriculum & Academic Requirements

To read course descriptions, view scholastic requirements, graduation requirements, and the grading scale, click here.

Stay Current With Expert-Led Live Webinars

As a Hawthorn student, you have the option to meet together regularly via scheduled webinars where live lectures on current nutrition topics are presented. These webinar lectures are also archived on the student portal so that students can access and review these lectures at a later date. Webinars are held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST.

Reasonable Tuition & Fees

The program consists of 15 courses (60 credits) which are needed to graduate. Students may pay by the course and payment is due upon enrollment into the course. Tuition must be paid in U.S. currency, by check, money order, or credit card.

Regular tuition and fees for the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition program are:

  • $60.00 – Application fee (non-refundable)
  • $24,000.00 – 60 credits @ $400.00 /credit hour
  • $250.00 Midterm and Final
  • $24,310.00 Total

For a detailed list of other University fees: Click Here

Courses are released upon receipt of payment. Once the course is completed,
you are ready to advance by requesting the next course.

Your Textbooks Form the Basis of a Professional Library

The costs of textbooks and nutrition analysis software are not included in the quoted tuition. You may purchase textbooks from a vendor of your choice. The estimated cost of textbooks and software for Doctoral Program is listed in the chart below.

Here is a course by course breakdown of the estimated cost of your textbooks and other required materials for each course and for the entire program. Prices are from unless otherwise indicated. Tuition and book prices are subject to change.

Course Name
Estimated Materials
Cost (rounded to the nearest dollar)
Total Tuition
and Estimated Materials Cost
DSC 830
DSC 831
DSC 832
DSC 833
DSC 834
DSC 835
DSC 836
DSC 837
DSC 838
DSC 839
DSC 840
DSC 841
DSC 900
DSC 901
DSC 902*
Application Fee
Total Materials Costs (estimated)
Graduation Fee
Midterm and Final
Total Tuition Cost
Grand Total

*Students who do not complete their thesis in the allotted time frame must register to continue at ½ the cost ($800.00) to maintain matriculation.

Holistic Nutrition Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

Upon successful completion of the DSC program you should be able to:

  • Assess environmental and economic issues on the quantity and quality of the food supply at the individual, national and global status
  • Evaluate the nutritional status of individuals and determine nutrition-related conditions and diseases by applying knowledge of metabolism and nutrient functions, food sources, and physiologic systems
  • Interpret and apply nutrition and food industry knowledge in order to meet the nutrition, food and health needs of society
  • Evaluate the history of agriculture, industry and eating and its impact on health
  • Use theory and research evidence to identify, design, and assess behavioral and action focused nutrition education programs to improve health and implement changes in health policies
  • Create activities and coalitions at the personal, family, community, national and global levels to promote policies and environments that are supportive of food security
  • Explain and abide by the “Scope of Practice” and “Code of Ethics” for nutritionists as described by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals

Extensive Career Prospects

This interdisciplinary DSC Degree program will allow you to work in the field as a health educator or to complement your work as a health professional or researcher.

Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition graduates are trained to:

• Work in private practice as a nutrition educator or consultant
• Assist in the promotion of health and the control of disease
• Lecture for professional groups, lay audiences, or schools
• Teach nutrition and/or health curriculum at various levels including college
• Work in a managerial capacity at a supplement or health product manufacturers, or health
food stores
• Serve as a health maintenance program group leader
• Conduct nutritional research
• Write or editing for health-oriented publications
• Work in a supervisory capacity at nutrition centers, spas, or retreat centers, and with
sports teams

The DSC Degree program can be applied in a variety of ways: teaching, writing, working with food or supplement manufacturers, media, and more. As a graduate, you can help consumers navigate through confusing or contradictory health and nutrition information – working to educate people so they can make informed health and lifestyle decisions more easily.

Is a Rewarding Career in Holistic Nutrition Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about Holistic Nutrition and exploring if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call 707-986-4153

Learn about admission requirements for the DSC program.

View the sample program agreement.

*Program length when students take multiple classes at once. See the “Flexible Completion Rate” paragraph for more details.