Certificate of Training Program


DIFM has developed an Online Certificate of Training Program to provide Dietitians with 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, unique experience, valuable resources, and meaningful collaborations into your practice. You are making strides in dietetics 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 a 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 necessary to excel and may not understand how IFMNT can be applied to their 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 a Level 2 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, Mary Purdy, 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 by exploring some of the challenges and opportunities in this evolving area and outline some educational resources helpful 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: Environmental Toxins, Exposure, and Elimination

This module was previously unavailable due to revisions per the Academy and CDR. If you purchased all four modules before June 4, 2019, you may call the toll-free number 800-877-1600 and ask member services to send you the access email at no charge.

Integrative and Functional Nutrition Module 3: Environmental Toxins, Exposure, and Elimination

The Center for Lifelong Learning introduces the long-awaited online module for the certificate of training program Integrative and Functional Nutrition. This contemporary module will explain the basics of toxicology, including absorption, metabolism, and excretion. It will also discuss common sources of environmental toxins, their effect on human health, and populations at high risk for exposure. Planned with the Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine (DIFM) DPG.

Module 4: Inflammation

This module covers the integrative and functional nutrition approaches to managing systemic inflammation. This module aims to review the antecedents, triggers, and mediators of acute and chronic inflammation and 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 the use of dietary supplements among Americans; FDA 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 get started today!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens if you completed the other 4 modules some time ago and now the test is expired?

Call the toll free number, simply ask for member services to send you the access email at no charge if you purchased all four modules prior to June 4th, 2019.

Phone: 800/877-1600

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995

The future is ours, your future is NOW!