Program Director - Michael Paalani
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MS Plant-based Nutrition
The first online Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in plant-based nutrition, is coming to the school of public health at Loma Linda University in Fall 2021. This is a competency based program developed in direct response to the increasing demand (registered dietitians and other health care professionals) for a graduate curriculum focused on plant-based nutrition. Over the past few years, there has been a steady increase in the number of people turning to plant-based diets or plant-based food choices for a variety of reasons which makes it critical to train registered dietitians and other health care professionals seeking to promote plant-based diets for the prevention of chronic diseases, health and longevity.
This one of a kind program in the United States aligns with the core legacy of vegetarian nutrition at LLU. It can also serve as a stepping stone for the PhD in Nutrition, focused on plant-based nutrition research at the LLUSPH or any other PhD Nutrition programs. It is aimed to provide evidenced-based didactic and research training to registered dietitians and other health care professionals on plant-based nutrition for the health of the individual, population, and the planet.
The new program is projected to open for enrollment Fall 2021. This program is completely online (combines synchronous and asynchronous classes) with didactic training in nutritional science with a focus on the role of plant-based diet patterns, plant foods and nutrients with respect to promoting health, preventing disease, and for sustaining the planet, along with the evidenced-based approach to applying the principles of plant-based eating for the health of the individual and population. The program culminates in a research project with a publishable manuscript or a written report.
The program provides background experience for those interested in research careers in academic or industry settings and provides advanced training in basic nutrition for physicians and other health professionals.
A legacy of vegetarian nutrition of 50 + years at LLU
Currently, the faculty in the nutrition program at LLUSPH are recognized as leaders in scientific inquiry and research related to vegetarian and plant-based nutrition.
- This stems from a 35-year history of organizing the quinquennial International Congress of Vegetarian Nutrition and publishing the Congress proceedings, as well as chairing and participating in numerous symposia on the benefits of plant foods in national conferences. Read the 7th ICVN published proceedings.
- Nutrition faculty and students have been involved in research and publishing related to the Adventist Health Studies
- Nutrition faculty have conducted several funded clinical trials on plant-rich diets and publishing the work in peer-reviewed journals. Check out some of our most recent and high profile studies:
- Recent work spearheaded by Dr. Joan Sabaté on the sustainability and environmental benefits of plant-based diets has generated considerable interest in the topic in the wider community. Learn more about Environmental Nutrition and Sustainable Diets.
- Relevant text books edited by Dr. Joan Sabaté in the field of plant-based nutrition:
- PhD program with emphasis in Plant-based Nutrition launched in 2018. Take a look at our PhD in Nutrition degree program.
The Online MS in Plant-based Nutrition, coming Fall 2021!