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Institute for Integrative Nutrition
How long has Integrative Nutrition been around?
Since 1992, Integrative Nutrition has been at the forefront of holistic nutrition education, offering comprehensive cutting-edge training in health coaching and health coach certification.
Today we are the world’s largest nutrition school, and the leading Health Coach training program in the world. We have a strong, active community of more than 40,000 Health Coaches from 100 countries.
What is IIN?
IIN – the Institute for Integrative Nutrition - trains its Health Coaches with a curriculum that is built around cutting-edge nutrition theories that are unique to Integrative Nutrition. These theories not only give our students the tools to work with clients but they also begin using them in their own lives and see incredible transformations for themselves.
For more information about our program, please visit our program page.
Who is your student body?
Our community continues to grow with more than 40,000 students and graduates in all 50 states and 100 countries.
Our students come from diverse backgrounds including busy professionals, entrepreneurs, athletic professionals, medical practitioners, and stay-at-home moms. While the list keeps growing, they have one thing in common: the desire to improve the health and well-being of their families and communities.
We welcome all nationalities, cultures, religions, academic backgrounds and abilities. Our unique teaching style makes this an empowering educational experience for all types of learners.
Our students range in age from 18 to 82. People of all ages can benefit from our training program and become extremely effective Health Coaches. As the demand for Health Coaches increases, there is a particular need for Health Coaches who specialize in mid-life and elderly issues.
Who teaches the classes?
About half of our program is taught by Joshua Rosenthal, the founder and director of Integrative Nutrition. Classes are also taught by experts who are at the forefront of the health and wellness field. Our distinguished speakers are leading doctors, PhDs, researchers and authorities in nutrition today. The list includes Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Deepak Chopra, David Wolfe, Dr. Mark Hyman, Joy Bauer and many more.
View our full list of guest speakers.
Does Integrative Nutrition do community service?
Yes. The Integrative Nutrition community is committed to making a difference by improving the health and happiness of their friends, families, and communities worldwide. Over the years, we have given more than $450,000 to charities and foundations that share our mission.
Read more about IIN's commitment to charitable giving.
What is Online Learning?
Our online course allows students to experience the Integrative Nutrition curriculum and become a Health Coach from anywhere in the world. Students receive access to the Course app which allows for maximum access and flexibility, so you can balance your education with your busy lifestyle. The online program allows for maximum access and flexibility, so you can balance your education with your busy lifestyle.
No matter where you study, you’ll still feel connected to the Integrative Nutrition community through our Online Education Forum (OEF). Students use the OEF to discuss course topics and find support around health concerns, business building and client cases.
Learn more about the program here.
What is a Health Coach?
As a Health Coach, you will work with clients to customize a plan to upgrade their nutrition and overall well-being. You will help your clients develop a deeper understanding of the foods and lifestyle choices that work best for them and implement changes that improve their energy, balance and health. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, health coaches create recommendation to fit each client.
Learn more about career options.
After graduation, what programs will I be trained to administer?
With our health coach certification, you will be able to administer a six-month health coaching program, as a way of helping your clients create lasting change.
The six-month program is a guideline that can be altered to best suit the needs of your clients. We have many graduates who have altered the six-month program to work with specific types of clients. Many graduates choose to work with clients in group settings, for shorter and/or longer periods of time, or with different income levels. Working in a group meeting format also allows you to work with more clients in a shorter amount of time. This can be beneficial for someone who is interested in health coaching part time or has an already busy life.
What accreditation is available after completing the program?
As a graduate of our Health Coach Training Program, you will receive an IIN certificate in health coaching. You may also be eligible for a certificate and Continuing Educate Units (CEUs) from our affiliate, Purchase College of the State University of New York (SUNY) upon successful completion of our health coaching program.
In addition, you will be eligible to receive Board Certification as a holistic healthcare practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a private national certifying body. Please visit http://www.aadp.net/ for further details.
Find out more about our certifications.
What is the difference between a Health Coach and a Registered Dietitian (RD)?
A Health Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor. They have a broad understanding of the principals of good nutrition and develop tools to apply them to daily life. Health Coaches are trained to support clients with their health goals and empower them to make lasting changes in their behavior and lifestyle.
Registered Dieticians (RDs) receive a more scientific approach to nutritional training. For example, they are trained to administer nutrition in medical settings and analyze dietary intake. RDs play a different role than Health Coaches in the health and wellness of a client, and both play an increasingly significant role in the healthcare of the future.
How can I attend an informational session?
If you’re interested in Integrative Nutrition and want to learn more, join us for a webinar info session. You’ll connect with staff, students and grads as they answer your questions and share about their experience at Integrative Nutrition.
Register for a live webinar here.
What is your tuition and do you offer payment plans?
We recognize that financing an education is a major commitment. At Integrative Nutrition, we offer several different payment plans and financing options to make this education affordable for you. To discuss tuition and financing options, please call an Admissions Representative at (877) 730-5444 or make an appointment to talk to us here.
Request tuition information here.
International callers, please call: +1 (212) 730-5433.
How can I obtain a Program Guide?
Our new Program Guide is available; you can download it here.
If you’d like to receive a copy by mail, simply give us a call at (877) 730-5444.
Where can I find student success stories or reviews?
What are your admission requirements and/or prerequisites?
While admission is not dependent upon academic prerequisites or scholastic achievement, IIN does require each applicant to hold a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent. We seek students with a strong commitment to health and wellness who are ready for a transformational experience. Please contact us at (877) 730-5444 for a phone consultation with an Admissions Representative, who will help determine if Integrative Nutrition is the right program for you.
What are the benefits of enrolling early?
When you enroll early, you don’t have to wait for the session to start. Instead, you get access to an in-depth, online, exclusive warm-up program of Fundamentals and Focus classes. By starting early, you hit the ground running. You become familiar with our unique online nutrition course before classes start, and you have extra time to connect and network with classmates on the Online Education Forum (OEF).
Learn more about the Fundamentals program, which starts as soon as you enroll.
How will I be supported in the program?
Students in the program connect with fellow classmates and an IIN Health Coach on scheduled phone coaching sessions throughout the year. Your IIN Health Coach will demonstrate coaching techniques, provide curriculum and business guidance, and support students you with nutrition and primary food concerns. Coaching Circle groups have their own Facebook pages for students to further connect and learn from one another.
Our Online Education Forum (OEF) in an interactive place to discuss the online course and class material and to ask questions – 24 hours a day. Many of our students also use this forum to connect with other students in their area and create their own study groups. This is a great way to gain extra support from your local student community.
What is Fast Track?
Our Fast Track program is a supplemental training program that provides complete support to students who are ready to start their health coaching practice right away. This program provides you with additional guest speakers, coaching calls, materials and marketing tips, and also supports you to build confidence and public speaking skills.
Check out how you can earn while you learn.
Do you offer support around cooking and shopping?
Every year, our most frequently asked questions are around how to make healthy cooking and shopping quick, easy and affordable. To support our students in this area, we offer two instructional videos: one of a healthy cooking demonstration and the other of a health food store tour. We also offer two interactive, online course manuals which are designed to demystify setting up your kitchen, buying the best tools, materials, and the highest quality foods. Basically, we've done all the leg work for you! There's something for everyone - from the beginner to the advanced cook. And the best part is, as the year goes on, you'll be able to read and learn from the reviews of staff, faculty, and other students.
Check out some healthy recipes.
Can you tell me more about student websites?
Students receive a ready-to-use, comprehensive website. You will be able to personalize the website with your own text and photos, and customize it for your unique business.
How much personal attention will I get as a student?
Put simply, a lot! One of the defining aspects of our program is the amount of personal attention you will receive.
We are not like most schools where the staff and faculty don’t know your name (and where you rarely have time and space to ask questions and be heard). We take pride in supporting you so that you will get the most out of the Health Coach Training Program.
You'll have access to staff, graduates, and faculty 24/7 through the Online Education Forum (OEF) and Facebook. You will also have a series of group calls led by a successful Health Coach. You will be amazed at how close and connected you will feel throughout the program.
Does this school have a religious affiliation?
We are not affiliated with any religion. One of the foundational elements of our curriculum is something we call primary food. Primary foods are elements that nourish us at a much deeper level than the food we actually eat, including spirituality.
For some, this may mean following the tenets of an organized religion. For others, it may mean taking a walk outside and reconnecting to nature. We support our students in finding an element of spirituality in their lives that works for them.
Learn more about the Integrative Nutrition curriculum.
Is this a vegetarian/vegan approach to nutrition?
Integrative Nutrition offers a truly holistic approach; not just eating according to the most popular food theory at the moment, but noticing each person’s life as a whole. This unique approach to nutrition is what we call bio-individuality, which means we recognize that no one diet works for everyone. At Integrative Nutrition, students explore different ways of eating in order to create a personalized approach that is appropriate for the individual depending on their age, health, activity level, where they live, personal tastes and preferences.
Learn more about the nutrition concepts covered in the curriculum.
Do you have any age requirements?
IIN students must be 18 or older at the time of enrollment. The age of our students ranges from 18 to 80+. Students in all phases of life join us to enhance their health and wellness knowledge.
I’m ready to enroll. How do I sign up?
Congratulations! We are happy to get you started. Call (877) 730-5444 to enroll or have us call you by completing this form.
International callers, please dial: +1 (212) 730-5433.
What continuing education options are available after graduation?
We offer exceptional support to our current students and alumni. As a graduate, you will have access to our Online Education Forum (OEF), our Alumni Network and to Alumni events and conferences, making your Integrative Nutrition education last a lifetime.
In addition, IIN offers an Advanced Training Program, a second-year training program you can enroll in after you graduate.
To learn more about continuing your education after graduation, click here.
Can you recommend some books to read on holistic health?
Many of our guest speakers are experts in the field of holistic nutrition.
We suggest checking your local or online bookstore for a complete list of their titles. For a complete list of our guest speakers, click here.
What are our graduates up to?
To see where some of our recent graduates have taken their holistic health coaching practices, check out their websites:
Christi Lehner, Boston Health Coach
Alex Jamieson, Nutrition for Empowered Women
Michelle Pfennighaus, Find Your Balance Health
Chad Hamilton, Health by Hamilton
Latham Thomas, Mama Glow
Cydney Smith, Momprenuer Wellness
Jena La Flamme, Jena Wellness
Melanie Albert, Experience Nutrition Group, LLC
Nancy Weiser, Ned Weiser, Jennifer Kaye Argenti, Weiser Choices
Susan Cross, Venus In Balance
Cindy Benamy, RN, Talk Healthy To Me
Karla Chin, Thriving Lifestyle
Holli Thompson, NutritionalStyle.com
Jennifer Fugo, Evolving Well
Angelle Batten, NourishMD.com
Lisa Cummings, Live Well By Design
Kelly Cornell, Kelly Cornell Wellness
Nisha Moodley, Nishani Wellness
Angelina Bertani-Deweese, Pure Nourishment