Introducing Integrative and Functional Medicine/Nutrition into the Dietetic Curriculum

Recorded Webinar

This webinar will acquaint the participant with key tenets of integrative and functional nutrition and the value of including exposure to these principles within the ACEND curriculum.

  • Release Date: March 4, 2019
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This webinar was presented live on March 4, 2019.

Curriculum for dietetics education must continue to respond to the changing population healthcare and nutritional needs to prepare the dietitian-nutritionist for a career as the “nutrition expert” of the future. With the chronic disease epidemic facing solutions by all disciplines of healthcare and government policies, there is a growing appreciation of integrative and functional medicine and nutrition therapy value in addressing chronic disease. This webinar will acquaint the participant with key tenets of integrative and functional nutrition and the value of including exposure to these principles within the ACEND curriculum. The two presenters are experienced in developing integrative and functional nutrition tracts within existing university accredited dietetic internships. They will share some guidelines for developing a curriculum that includes training in the pursuit of integrative and functional education.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 4040, 6050, 1070, 7180
Performance Indicators: 3.1.7, 3.2.1, 9.3.5

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the importance of developing and enhancing knowledge and skills expected of nutrition professionals who either currently practice integrative and functional medicine and/or those aspiring to make this their area of practice expertise.
  2. Highlight/describe limitations in education and training that aspiring RDNs may face as they pursue this area of practice and/or attempt to increase their level of competency.
  3. Identify facilitators to respond to previously identified challenges in the areas of education, training, and practice.


Dr. Sudha Raj Ph.D., RDN

Dr. Raj holds a B.Sc. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Madras University and M.Sc. degree from Bombay University in India. She subsequently completed her M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University. Dr. Raj is also a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr. Raj is interested in exploring the role of acculturative factors as they impact the health and well-being of Asian Indian immigrants specifically from India. Since 1994, she has developed dietetics related educational resources, written book chapters and given presentations highlighting the unique Asian Indian culture, food habits and role of food as delineated in the traditional medical system of Ayurveda. She was instrumental in developing and implementing one of the first pilot studies to investigate dietary acculturation patterns in Asian Indian immigrants in the U.S. Recently she was one of two academy members responsible for the inception of the Member interest group for Asian Indians in Dietetics.

Dr. Raj has been actively involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has served as Newsletter Editor, Chair for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and Chair for the Vegetarian Nutrition Evidence Analysis Group. She has also served as a committee member for the development of Standards of Practice for the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine. Dr. Raj’s research and curricular development interests extend into the areas of vegetarian nutrition, integrative and functional nutrition and traditional food and medical systems such as Ayurveda. She is currently involved in the development of a Certificate of Advance Studies in Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Syracuse University.

Diana Noland RDN, MPH, CCN, LD- Adjunct Faculty, KUMC 2007-2017

Diana is owner of an Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy private practice  in Burbank, California. She is one of the emerging Functional Nutrition Practitioners and educators skilled in an integrative and functional medicine approach to the nutritional imbalances characteristic of chronic disease. She was a prior recipient of the DIFM Excellence in Clinical Practice Award in 2010 and DIFM Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.  Diana is a Board Certified in Clinical Nutrition (CCN) and an Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Certification Candidate, she is trained in the study of nutrition, supplements, nutrigenomics and specialty functional testing. She is a sought after international speaker and educator on the benefits and concerns using integrative and functional nutrition. Diana served on the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine where she developed and chaired the IFM Nutrition Advisory Board 2006-2009. Diana has authored many articles and chapters in nutrition professional and lay publications. She was instrumental in coordinating the curriculum development for an integrative nutrition track in the dietetics internship graduate program at KUMC, and Graduate Certificate in Dietetics and Integrative Medicine (12 hours), in collaboration with KUMC Dietetics and Nutrition and KU Integrative Medicine Clinic, described in the eBook: Dietetics and Integrative Medicine: A Curriculum Development Model (2016). She is Co-Editor  Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy: Principles and Practices (Springer-Humana 2020); currently nutrition consultant to

  • Release Date: March 4, 2019