I see this discussion is about a year old and wanted to see if anyone had any recent info or opinions? I have a bachlors degree in an unrelated field (plus a project manangment certificate) but I am interested in a career change into the health industry. I don't want to go back to school for an other bachlors year degree but would love to be certified/credited in a position where I am helping people achieve their healthiest selves. I currently work in advertising but am a passionate vegan and would love to work in a world where I am making a difference. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I started this forum in hopes that I might find a clear path before I started my Counseling MSc in Scotland. I did initially like the Integrated Nutrition program that everyone was talking about here but I want to be much more than that. The plan I have now is to finish my counseling degree here and move back to California, get my prerequisites at a local community college and start a Registered Dietitian program at CSU Los Angeles. My ultimate goal and passion is to write cookbooks like Heidi Swanson and do my own photography for them like she does. Aside from Dr. Neal Barnard's cookbooks, there aren't many out there that are backed by a registered dietitian or doctor specifically for vegans. I don't know about anyone else, but I'd love a book that incorporates amazing recipes and photos with a lot more scientific facts about what is in the recipes (i.e. vitamins, nutrients...), what it does to my body, and why it is so good for me. I constantly feel like I need a chart for what is in everything that I eat. It really interests me and The Kind Diet sparked that interest for me but hasn't fully satisfied it.
My career plan is to incorporate my counseling background with dietitics to help people change their habits and health for the better.
Julie, I know you don't want another BA or BS, and to be honest, if you already have one, you don't need to get another one. You can usually go into an MSc program like the one at CSU LA as long as you have the prerequisites for the program (which you can usually get done at a community college for really cheap). As an MSc student, you are allowed to take lower level classes too so you can make the most of your experience. If dietitics is what you are interested in, look up the website that shows you which programs are registered in your state. If not, this is still a general plan for getting an MSc in an unrelated field. Hope that helps :)
What is an MSc? Master of science...c? You said you were going to start a registered dietician program...I too have an interest in possibly switching career paths (I have a BA in a completely unrelated field to science or health) and I want to do something involving plant based diets and nutrition. I'm just wondering if in getting an R.D. you have to put up with all of the...i don't know how else to put it...."hogwash" about meat and dairy. For example, I love cooking but I wouldn't want to go to a culinary school because they preach meat and butter. I know a lot of R.D.'s repeat things they have obviously learned from their degree, but that are not necessarily "true." Unless you go to a naturopathic school and get your degree in nutrition, how do you specialize in plant based diets? I guess I'm just trying to figure out how I would get a legitamate degree where I don't have to learn a bunch of stuff I don't agree with. I find the "certification" from that Integrative Nutrition program a lot of people are talking about is not a "high enough" education, and it just seems kind of wishy washy to me, and more focused on the business aspect of making money. Any advice? And why did you make the decision to go with an R.D. where you will most likely be taught to teach the SAD diet?
Dr. Gabriel Cousens provides a Masters degree program for living nutrition. Forgive me for not recalling which University it is through, California I know. His institute is in Patagonia, AZ., Tree of Life.
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