Although there are no courses in Michigan that are specifically focused on holistic nutrition, there are two universities that offer courses in holistic living. These courses cover holistic nutrition and the impact holistic living has on wellness. Both schools are four-year, public universities and no declared major or award-earning program need be completed; students may opt to take the individual classes that interest them. Within certain fields, such as massage or acupuncture, completion of an entire program is needed to gain certification.
Overviews of these schools are provided below, followed by a table that provides tuition and other school info.
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor offers an integrative medicine fellowship that consists of 12 months of instruction on healing modalities and leadership development. Coursework includes holistic nutrition and medicine, anthroposophic medicine and naturopathy. The fellowship allows students to receive training in areas such as acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation and massage, among others. Admission to this program requires the completion of a residency in family medicine and board certification or certification eligibility. Fellows receive hands-on training in the university's integrative family medicine clinic.
Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University is located in Kalamazoo and offers a variety of courses in holistic health and living. The courses cover areas such as issues and ethics in holistic health, holism and nature and holistic perspectives. A graduate certificate and an undergraduate minor are both available in holistic health and wellness, and there are electives available in both programs that allow students to learn about many issues associated with holism, including nutrition. Undergraduate students can take an introductory course on nutritional wellness that covers the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system in addition to instruction on selecting and preparing healthy foods. Students in the graduate certificate program can take a body/mind nutrition course that explores the way nutrition can affect an individual's physical and mental condition.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Holistic Nutrition Courses Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-16)|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||4-year, public; midsize city*||Integrative Medicine Courses|| In-state part-time first hour; $1,004 Additional hours; $632
Out-of-state first hour; $2,353, additional hours; $1,981 (undergraduate)**
|Western Michigan University||4-year, public; small city*||Holistic Health and Wellness Courses|| In-state per hour; $349.47
Out-of-state per hour; $857.32 (undergraduate)**
Source: *NCES College Navigator. **College website.