First master’s degree program in nutrition business launched at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

The program is geared toward professionals on an executive-level path and trains them in nutritional sciences, supply chain, regulations, leadership, and management—all specific to the natural foods and dietary supplement industries.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM; Tempe, AZ) has developed a new degree program, Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership (MSNBL). The curriculum includes input from global natural products industry experts and thought leaders.

“We set out to create a program built by the industry, for the industry, and we did just that,” said Gena E. Kadar, DC, M, MEdL, CNS, founding dean of SCNM’s School of Nutrition, in a press release. “The natural products industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry that serves the healthcare community and yet, until now, there have been no graduate degree programs from accredited academic institutions training executives in this sector. We couldn’t be more excited to offer this degree to develop evidence-based leaders who understand the unique needs of this industry and who can assume leadership roles with impact in the nutrition and dietary supplement market.”

The program equips graduates with essential evidence-based nutrition and business knowledge and skills. It is geared toward professionals on an executive-level path and trains them in nutritional sciences, supply chain, regulations, leadership, and management—all specific to the natural foods and dietary supplement industries.

The 39-credit program is offered in an online format and can be completed in as little as 15 months. The program takes place over five quarters, with a weekend-long, on-campus residency, called the Executive Leadership Experience, in the final quarter of the program.