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. Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Pharmacists, Registered Dietitians and Nurse Practitioners are eligible for certification.
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. By completing the program, clinicians will enhance their confidence and quality of care by learning how to:
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