Program Details

Health meets Food is leading the Culinary Medicine movement, with thousands of medical students, nursing students, residents, and healthcare professionals trained every year.

Two factors aligned to inspire the creation Health meets Food:  epidemic rates of diabetes and obesity in the United States, and simultaneous medical breakthroughs in the science of nutrition.

Obesity is linked to more than 20 major diseases and its incidence in the U.S. has trebled over the past three decades. Studies show that one in three adults suffers from some form of heart disease, and that more than 80 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes or are pre-diabetic. Moreover, obese children, compared with healthy-weight children, are more than twice as likely to die before the age of 55.

Research also confirms that people living in communities without nutritious food or healthy eating programs are more likely to be overweight and at risk for obesity-related illnesses.

The Certified Culinary Medicine Specialist (CCMS) designation identifies clinicians who have a unique foundation for incorporating healthy eating into patients’ diets: comprehensive knowledge of nutrition and the culinary techniques to prepare food that is consistent with real-world budgets, time constraints, and nutritional ideals.

  • Integrate nutritional counseling to supplement pharmacological treatment
  • Educate patients about weight loss and weight management
  • Develop practical examination-room dialogues that inspire behavioral change
  • Implement new strategies in even the busiest primary care offices

The hybrid 60-credit curriculum includes a distinctive combination of online nutrition education courses, live conferences, and in-person attendance at hands-on teaching kitchen modules.


View the program’s hybrid curriculum and steps towards certification.

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