Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has announced that it has been approved to offer a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Culinary Health and Healing. This program is one of only a few graduate programs in the U.S. to focus on the emerging field of culinary health and medicine.
The program blends the nutrition and culinary fields and prepares students with the scientifically based principles and practices of whole foods selection and preparation as a foundation for health and wellness. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enhance the palatability and nutritional quality of the foods they prepare and to teach others to do the same. They will also be prepared to help others translate their nutritional goals and the recommendations of nutritionists and dieticians into personalized, family and community recipes and menus. The program celebrates global cuisine and explores multicultural and culturally specific meal plans. The program is offered online and can be completed in two trimesters (eight months) and begins in January 2022.
“A distinctive feature of MUIH’s program is a focus on whole foods. A fourth of the program is comprised of cooking labs where students develop strategies and techniques for working with unprocessed or minimally processed ingredients. Students learn to apply new knowledge and skills to support the health and wellness of others after they graduate,” said Dr. Kathleen Warner, assistant dean for academic affairs and department chair, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine.
MUIH’s culinary health and healing program is designed for individuals seeking careers that promote health and wellness through the application of nutrition principles to whole foods cooking. The program sets graduates apart from their peers in careers such as whole-foods chef or caterer; personal, specialty and restaurant chef; therapeutic chef working with nutritionists, dieticians, or in integrative health care settings; food and cooking educator or consultant; professional food writer or blogger and/or cookbook author; and hospitality industry professional. It also provides the opportunity for integrative health professionals such as health and wellness coaches, community and health educators, dieticians, herbalists, ayurveda practitioners, acupuncturists and yoga therapists to expand and diversify their professional practice and career opportunities.
“While this program works well as a stand-alone learning experience, it also serves as a steppingstone for students interested in earning a master’s degree in nutrition. Depending on the master’s track, some or all of the credits earned in the program can be applied to the requirements for MUIH’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health,” noted Dr. James Snow, dean of academic affairs.
For more information visit www.muih.edu.