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Get the Skills to Become a Traditional Nutrition Professional

A woman wearing a lab coat and holding up a glass jar with herbs in it. Take the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition degree at Hawthorn.
Take the MSTN program to learn about holistic nutrition, biochemical individually, traditional foods, and the principles of Weston A. Price

Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition Program

Traditional nutrition is making a resurgence as the general public recognizes that our chemical-laden world is not serving our wellbeing. Many people are seeking out alternatives to processed, refined, and overall toxic foods. If you have a passion for nutrition and a deep desire to go in-depth with your learning, consider the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition (MSTN) Degree at Hawthorn University.

The MSTN Degree program provides you with the opportunity to learn about whole foods and traditional diets by incorporating the principles and philosophy of Weston A. Price. As you progress through the MSTN Degree program you’ll be encouraged to apply what you learn to your life and to the lives of others, allowing you to experience the benefits of his teachings firsthand. You’ll also be equipped with effective communication techniques so that you can educate others or lead local Weston A. Price chapters as the team leader.

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

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 Master of Science in Traditional 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 Traditional Nutrition Practices

Learn by doing! Throughout the MSTN Degree program, you’ll create professional materials and work on practical activities that will enhance your understanding of the science of holistic nutrition and the principles of the Weston A. Price.

During the 36-credit Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition Degree program you’ll learn:

  • Introduction to the Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets
  • Nutrition and the Environment
  • Strategies for Health & Nutrition Educators
  • Research Methods in Health Education
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Fats, Oils, Cholesterol, and Fat Soluble Vitamins
  • Myths and Truths About Vegetarian Diets
  • Dirty Little Secrets About the Food Processing Industry
  • The History, Science, and Politics of Real Milk
  • Holistic Health Coaching
  • Traditional Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy & Early Childhood
  • Balancing Energy and Weight

Students are members of the Weston A. Price Foundation. For more information on the Weston A. Price Foundation visit:

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

Graduates of the MSTN program are eligible to sit for the board certification exam in Holistic Nutrition from the U.S. Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). For additional information visit the HNCB website at Becoming certified can open doors to employment as it proves you underwent thorough training and were able to demonstrate your knowledge – earning the highest level of professional recognition in the holistic nutrition industry.

The Convenience of Online Learning

At Hawthorn, all 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 your 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 are invited to webinars where leaders in the field discuss current nutritional topics with students. Webinars are archived for later use so you can access them whenever you need to. Webinars are held every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST.

Reasonable Tuition & Fees

A total of thirty-six (36) credits are needed to graduate. Payment is due upon a student’s enrollment in the program. Tuition must be paid in U.S. currency, by check, money order, or credit card.

Regular tuition and fees for the MSTN program are:

  • $60.00 – Application fee (non-refundable)
  • $9,000.00 – 36 credits @ $250 per credit
  • $250.00 – Midterm and Final Examinations @ $125.00 each
  • $9,310.00 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 cost of textbooks and nutrition analysis software are not included in the quoted tuition (refer to the chart below for estimated prices). Students may purchase materials directly from the publishers and are given suggestions on how to find discounted books and online resources.

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 Textbook Cost (rounded to the nearest dollar) Tuition Cost Total Tuition and Estimated Textbook Cost

MSTN 600




MSTN 601




MSTN 602




MSTN 603




MSTN 631




MSTN 702




MSTN 703




MSTN 704




MSTN 705




MSTN 706




MSTN 806




MSTN 809




Application Fee


Weston A. Price Membership

($50.00 for
International Students)

Graduation Fee (Domestic)


Total Textbook Costs (estimated)


Midterm and Final Examinations


Total Tuition Cost


Grand Total


Traditional Nutrition Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

Upon successful completion of the MSTN program, graduates should be able to:

  • Teach others to summarize and evaluate the personal factors and nutritional choices that affect health
  • Guide others in formulating health and wellness goals
  • Create and deliver informational presentations on the relationships between nutrition and a variety of health issues
  • Design and create instructional materials that explain the overlapping influences that affect food choice and eating behavior
  • Design and create instructional materials on nutrition and health for a variety of direct and indirect venues

Extensive Career Prospects

Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition graduates are trained to:

  • Work as health and nutrition educators
  • Author health-oriented publications
  • Lead programs as group leaders
  • Lecture for professional groups, lay audiences, or schools
  • Research
  • Work with nutritional supplement or health product manufacturers
  • Become managers of health food stores
  • Work as leaders in nutrition centers, spas, and retreat centers

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

If you’re interested in learning more about Traditional 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 MSTN program.

View the sample program agreement.