San Francisco Holistic Nutrition School with Degree Summaries

The San Francisco area has few colleges that offer holistic nutrition programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for two of these schools, both within 30 miles of downtown, to make an informed education decision.

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Holistic Nutrition Schools in San Francisco

A few schools in the San Francisco area offer programs in holistic health, which includes courses in holistic nutrition. This article looks at two; one is very near the city, while the other is about 40 minutes from the city center. Following descriptions of the schools and their relevant programs, there is a table of statistics about each of them, such as enrollment, tuition, the percentage of undergraduates who receive financial aid and the graduation rate. This information could be helpful to individuals who are considering which school to attend.

  • San Francisco State University (SFSU) is about nine miles from downtown San Francisco. It offers ng a minor in holistic health as well as a full certificate program in the field.
  • John F. Kennedy University, 30 miles from downtown San Francisco in Pleasant Hill, offers a master's degree in holistic health education that includes study of holistic nutrition.

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Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding on a school should consider many factors. This table presents information about these two institutions so prospective students can compare them.

San Francisco State University John F. Kennedy University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 29,465* 1,230*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Tuition & Fees $6,476 in-state; $17,636 out-of-state (undergraduate, 2015-2016)* $24,276 (graduate, 2015-2016)*
% of All Undergraduate Students Receiving Grant or Scholarship Aid (2014) 49%* 80%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 66%* N/A
Retention Rate (2014) 84% for full-time and 39% for part-time students* N/A
Graduation Rate (for students who began in 2008) 50% within 150% of normal time* N/A

Source: *NCES, College Navigator

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University's holistic health program was originally offered through the Center for Interdisciplinary Science and has grown since its inception to serve roughly 1,000 students each semester. The Department of Health Education offers more than 20 holistic health studies classes. Holistic health courses are also offered as Open University courses to non-degree students through the College of Extended Learning, and non-degree student enrollments are accepted in person and first-come, first-served on the first day of classes.

Minor in Holistic Health Studies

The 22-unit minor program offers coursework within several focus areas, plus an internship. Students learn about holistic health from Eastern, Western, and global perspectives. Elective choices include topics such as nutrition and herbology, Chinese healing and nutrition, medical anthropology, biofeedback, health psychology, and the greening of business.

Certificate in Holistic Health Studies

The certificate program requires 30 units of study. Students enrolled in the certificate program complete the same basic curriculum as students enrolled in the minor program; however, they do have the opportunity to take a greater number of elective classes.

John F. Kennedy University

John F. Kennedy (JFK) University was established in 1964. The College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education degree program that trains students to work in the health education sector, emphasizing holistic studies. The program also has working relationships with area organizations, business, schools, and institutes that encourage and foster holistic living and nutrition.

Master of Arts in Holistic Health Education

This 68-credit program provides students with a broad understanding of holistic health as well as in-depth training within one of three areas of specialization: health, consciousness, and spirituality; somatic education or holistic nutrition. This program is geared toward individuals working in the health care sector who would like to advance their careers and their comprehension of alternative health care methods. Coursework includes integrative health, foundations of holistic health education, comparative dietary approaches, and health education for the 21st century. Students participate in a supervised internship, holistic health practicum, integrative project, and a teaching experience. The holistic nutrition specialization calls for 25 units of study, including classes in healing foods, nutritional biochemistry, weight management, and nutritional coaching.

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