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J Am Coll Nutr. 2015;34(5):430-5. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2014.979514. Epub 2015 May 11.

The Next Generation of Dietitians: Implementing Dietetics Education and Practice in Integrative Medicine.

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a University of Kansas Integrative Medicine , Kansas City , Kansas , USA.
b University of Kansas Department of Dietetics and Nutrition , Kansas City , Kansas , USA.


Integrative medicine is a quickly expanding field of health care that emphasizes nutrition as a key component. Dietitians and nutritionists have an opportunity to meet workforce demands by practicing dietetics and integrative medicine (DIM). The purpose of this article is to describe a DIM education program and practicum. We report the results of an interprofessional nutrition education and practicum program between the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and KU Integrative Medicine. This partnered program provides training that builds on the strong foundation of the Nutrition Care Process and adds graduate-level educational and practicum experiences in foundational integrative medicine knowledge, including nutritional approaches from a systems biology perspective, nutrigenomics, and biochemistry as the core knowledge to understand the root cause of a chronic disorder and to choose appropriate nutritional tools for interventions. This interprofessional KUMC program provides a dietetic internship, master's degree, and graduate certificate in DIM and fulfills a need for dietitians and nutritionists who seek careers practicing in an integrative medicine setting. The program fulfills expanding workforce needs to provide quality health care for patients with chronic illnesses.


dietetics and integrative medicine; future practice; integrative medicine; interprofessional education; nutrition and dietetics education

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