Online Certificate of Training Program to provide Dietitians valuable training in Integrative & Functional Nutrition!

The future is ours, are YOU ready?

As a DIFM member and an Integrative RDN, you already have a distinct advantage when treating your patients and clients. You combine evidence-based research, practice-based evidence, your unique experience, valuable resources, and meaningful collaborations into your practice. You are making strides in the dietetics arena by applying Medical Nutrition Therapy in a dynamic and influential way with integrative and functional medicine at the helm (IFMNT).

But you want MORE. You want specific training, detailed resources, and practical examples of the application of IFMNT.

We hear you loud and clear!

DIFM has upped the ante to further your knowledge, expand your integrative toolbox, and broaden your skill set as the nutrition expert. We’ve been working hard to fulfill our vision and mission to optimize health and healing with integrative and functional nutrition and empower our members as leaders in the field.

Integrative and functional nutrition is an ever-evolving area in dietetics. From nutrigenomics to the microbiome, epigenetics to functional foods, it’s imperative that RDNs be at the forefront, leading this evolution.

We know many RDNs have not received the in-depth, advanced training that’s necessary to excel and may not understand how IFMNT can be applied to their own practice or how it can enhance outcomes and influence change.

This is why we’re so excited to announce this new training.

Together with the Academy’s Center for Lifelong Learning, DIFM has developed an Online Certificate of Training Program to provide valuable training for RDNs wishing to further their knowledge in integrative and functional nutrition.

We are honored to have top experts in the field of IFMNT (some with 30+ years of experience) contribute and develop these modules as a labor of love for DIFM. Expert contributors include Kathie Swift, Mary Beth Augustine, Kelly Morrow, Sheila Dean, Lisa Fischer, and Beth McDonald.

Who Should Take This Training?

This training is for any RDN who wishes to further their knowledge base in integrative and functional nutrition.

What’s Included in the Training?

The certification consists of five separate modules emphasizing the foundational pillars of IFMNT. Each module builds upon the next in application and depth.

Module 1: Introduction to Integrative and Functional Nutrition

This module is designed to provide an introduction to integrative and functional nutrition. In this module, we will examine the integrative healthcare landscape including the evolution of the current language and concepts used in this area; outline the guiding principles of both integrative and functional medicine; and provide a primer on how we apply the integrative and functional medicine constructs in practice. We will finish up by exploring some of the challenges and opportunities in this evolving area and outline some educational resources useful in practice.

Module 2: Digestive Health

This module provides a science-based whole systems approach to digestive health and integrative and functional nutrition therapy (IFMNT) for functional gastrointestinal (or GI) disorders, intestinal permeability, intestinal pathogens, and imbalances within the GI microbiome that impact human health and disease, including inflammation, motility, functional GI disorders, obesity, liver disease and cancer.

Module 3: Detoxification- this module is currently being revised and not available at this time 6.1.17

This module provides a science-based, whole-systems approach to hepatic detoxification, biotransformation and elimination of endogenous and exogenous toxins. To accomplish this, diet and nutrition interventions utilize cofactor micronutrients, phytonutrients, amino acids and antioxidants to support Phase 1 and Phase 2 hepatic detoxification. Taken as a whole, the information provided in this module demonstrates that the proper diet for a specific patient can influence detoxification function in a clinically important manner.

Module 4: Inflammation

This module covers the integrative and functional nutrition approaches to managing systemic inflammation. The goal of this module is to review the antecedents, triggers, and mediators of acute and chronic inflammation and to provide dietetic professionals with science-based integrative approaches and practice-based recommendations for managing inflammation in chronic diseases.

Module 5: Dietary Supplements

This module will cover the prevalence of use of dietary supplements among Americans; FDA’s guidance documents and regulatory information; risk management; clinical and client decision making; and ethical, legal and scientific integrity considerations for nutrition and dietetics practitioners.

Academy members enjoy a reduced rate of $24 for each module. Each module is 2 cpe credits (CPE level 2). Click HERE to register for module 1 and get started today!  For more information and to register, visit

Please note:  June 2017:  Module 3 Detoxification is down for revision per the Academy and CDR. The Academy can pull modules down anytime for revision to ensure accuracy of content. If members purchase all four modules now, the Academy is offering Module 3 at no charge when the module comes back online in the Store sometime between August and November. Questions? Please contact Susan Baron, Sr. Manager, Online Learning | Center for Lifelong Learning, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at

The future is ours, your future is NOW.

Symposium Recording-Dietary Supplements: An Integrative and Functional Approach

The Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) hosted a full day symposium in Boston, prior to the opening of FNCE.  This cutting edge event focused on herbal and non-herbal dietary supplements in the application of specific health conditions including, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, inflammation, sleep/stress, and gut health.  Therapeutic application addressed dosing, delivery, current research, and safety concerns.  Along with research to support their usage, there was discussion regarding functional lab testing, nutritional genomics and nutrition focused physical exam as it pertains to supplements.

Distinguished speakers Dr. Mary Bove, ND and Dr. Sheila Dean, DSc, RD, LD, CCN, CDE focused on herbal dietary supplements and non-herbal dietary supplements, respectively. During lunch, Dr. Corey Schuler, MS, DC, LN, CNS presented “Advances in Intestinal Hyperpermeability and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.” This presentation focused on working with those clients for whom the elimination diet has failed, have difficult symptoms to manage, and cannot tolerate conventional approaches.

Herbal Dietary Supplements presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND
Sponsored by Gaia
Introduced by Kelly Morrow, MS RD, Chair, DIFM

Advances in Intestinal Hyperpermeability and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth presented by Dr. Corey Schuler, MS DC LN CNS
Sponsored by Integrative Therapeutics
Introduced by Monique Richard, MS RDN LDN, Past Chair, DIFM

Non-herbal Dietary Supplements presented by Dr. Sheila Dean, DSc RD LD CCN CDE
Sponsored by Emerson Ecologics
Introduced by Mary Purdy, MS RDN, Chair-Elect, DIFM

6 CPEUs 

Disclaimer: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition practitioners and the professional association for credentialed Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs). Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) is a Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy with approximately 4,500+ Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs), Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs), dietetic students and intern members who practice an integrative and functional medicine approach to nutrition, health, and healing. DIFM members whose products or services are listed in the Member Marketplace are responsible for ensuring the information provided is current and accurate. The Member Marketplace does not serve as an expressed or implied marketing or endorsement of any DIFM member, their education, training, credentials, scope of practice, competence, accountability, or expertise. Member Marketplace is intended for informational purposes only and gives no warranty of any kind.