Nutritarian Studies


Students learn about the most health promoting foods and the role that superior nutrition plays in weight loss, cancer protection, and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes, autoimmune and heart disease.

This program is an excellent tool for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of nutrition and the role that healthy food plays in optimizing health and treating chronic diseases as well as medical professionals who want to broaden their knowledge of how nutrition influences disease and health outcomes.

Format: Self-paced, online coursework with open enrollment (students can enroll and begin at any time). Successful completeion of the program requires passing a final exam in each of the required courses.

Program length: 9 months
As a self-paced course, the time to actually complete the Program will vary by individual. We recommend targetting about 3-5 hours per week.


The Nutritarian Studies certificate program consists of two courses:

Basics of Nutrition

Learn the Basics of Nutrition. Covering introductory nutritional science and the health benefits of phytochemicals, this course lays the groundwork for you to build your knowledge of the relationship between diet and health.

The course begins by explaining the differences between macronutrients and micronutrients, deciphering nutrient intake recommendations and Nutrition Facts panels, and reviewing basic chemistry concepts. You will learn how the human body utilizes vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, and protein, with detail on nutrients of interest such as essential fatty acids and fiber. Finally, you will learn the health effects of several classes of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and isothiocyanates.

Coursework is divided into lessons by topic, each with guided reading assignments and brief assessments to ensure students grasp key concepts.

Upon successful completion of the final exam, students receive a certificate of completion for the course.

Estimated time to complete: approximately 3 months

The Science of the Nutritarian Diet

Focusing primarily on Dr. Fuhrman’s writings and his years of experience treating and preventing chronic disease through superior nutrition, The Science of the Nutritarian Diet examines the most up-to-date research regarding the connection between diet and health. During the course you will learn about the powerful effects of food on our health, including the how and why of preventing heart disease, diabetes and cancer with diet and lifestyle methods. You will also learn about the connection between nutrition and the immune system and how toxic hunger and food addiction hamper weight loss efforts.

The course material is broken up in to 5 Units which outline the fundamental principles of Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian approach - a nutrient-dense, plant-rich diet. Each unit is comprised of multiple lessons. Each topic is structured with a reading assignment, scientific article(s), recorded webcast, and brief assessment.

After progressing through all of the units and successfully passing a final exam, students receive a certificate of completion for the course and Program.

Estimated time to complete: 6 months

Required Texts (purchased separately)

The following books are required to complete each course. You may purchase the books through the links provided below.

Basics of Nutrition

The Science of the Nutritarian Diet

Continuing Education Credits

Certificates may apply for continuing education credits. Contact your respective association or organization for guidance, if you have questions about if and/or how these credits might apply.

Basics of Nutrition course qualifies for 11 continuing education contact hours.

The Science of the Nutritarian Diet course qualifies for 32 continuing education contact hours.

The combined program is eligible for 4.3 continuing education credits.

The Nutritarian Education Institute (NEI) is recognized as an Approved Continuing Education Provider by the:

Athletics and Fitness Association of America, this program, Nutritarian Studies, qualifies for 15 AFAA CEUs.

National Academy of Sports Medicine, this program, Nutritarian Studies, qualifies for 1.9 NASM CEUs.

The State of California Board of Registered Nursing, for 43 contact hours of continuing education credits.

Alumni Benefits

After successfully completing the program, graduates can enjoy these exclusive benefits:

  • Online Alumni Listing - share your achievement and increase your exposure by opting in to our web directory
  • NEI Alumni Community - network and share ideas with like-minded people (requires membership to view and post)
  • NEI Premier Affiliate Program* - take advantage of a special commission structure offered exclusively to graduates of our NEI certificate programs  


Cost: $325 with continuing education credits

Course Reviews

The content of the Nutritarian Studies program was pertinent, informative, interesting, and supported by peer-reviewed research. Each topic was thoroughly discussed, and several different teaching methods are used, such as video lectures, quizzes, research articles, and textbooks. This course teaches the science behind proper nutrition, and also shows students how to apply that knowledge to everyday life. The online classroom format was easy to use and navigate.

Proper nutrition plus exercise interact synergistically to increase health and vitality. The Nutritarian Studies course helps people interested in health, fitness, and well-being to meet their goals.

— Bonnie H, R.N.


The program is pretty great! I definitely recommend it to health professionals. I know a lot of people who do the eCornell (plant-based nutrition) course and I think that they should additionally or first take this course!

— Peter K. R., N.D.


Excellent course. It is detailed, and well thought out. I was blown away by the detail, the research references and Dr. Fuhrman's grasp of how all these nutritional principles work together.

— David H.


I had bought all Dr. F’s books, DVDs and OnDemand videos, but this course REALLY gave me so much more information, depth and perspective into the subject. I can’t thank Dr. Fuhrman enough for all he is doing for the nutrition world by putting together and offering his course to not only professionals but also to the public who wish to know more in-depth information about the Nutritarian diet.

— Kathy D


I found the basic nutrition class to be one of the most comprehensive and interesting classes that I have ever taken. It really changed my knowledge of how nutrition truly effects our body.

— Janice M.