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NSF Advances Industry Leadership Through SCNM Master's Degree Curriculum

Global standards leader builds pipeline of tomorrow's leaders with first-ever Master's degree program with integrated regulatory compliance training.

NSF and The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM) announced a collaboration on a new course offered by the college entitled The Food and Supplement Industry Policies and Regulations. This one-of-a-kind class was created by NSF and the School of Nutrition’s Executive Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership (MSNBL) program.

Designed exclusively for emerging and existing nutrition industry leaders, the curriculum is the first-ever Master’s degree program with integrated regulatory compliance training.

Developed with input from global natural products industry experts and thought leaders, the online degree program equips graduates with essential evidence-based, nutrition, business, and regulatory knowledge to add immediate value to their organizations and careers. It is truly a degree built by the industry, for the industry.

The course provides students an in-depth understanding of the natural food and supplement industry policies and regulations including Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), preventive controls, and international standards. The class was offered for the first time in spring 2022.

“We are honored to collaborate with the remarkable team at NSF to create this important course for the already impactful MSNBL degree program,” said Dr. Gena E. Kadar, DC, MS.MEdL, CNS, founding dean of SCNM’s School of Nutrition. “It is always exciting to see industry and academia converge in such a positive manner to benefit students. NSF literally sets the standard for quality, and their meaningful contribution to our curriculum helps us meet our commitment to prepare confident and competent evidence-based leaders who are ready to meet the unique and dynamic needs of the natural products industry.”

NSF is globally recognized as a leader in human health standards. It provides certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment. In addition, the company offers testing and inspections, training and education, and standards development for public health, environment, and sustainability.

“The natural products industry is an exciting frontier. As a trusted expert in education on natural food and dietary supplement industry policies and regulations, we’re proud to play a part in developing global health leaders in this field,” said Casey Coy, Senior Manager, Training and Consulting, Dietary Supplements and Cosmetics/Personal Care, NSF. “Working with SCNM to mold the minds of the nation’s brightest helps ensure the ethical standards-based future consumers deserve.”

The online Executive Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership degree is geared toward busy working professionals looking to advance their career and distinguish themselves in their field. The program trains individuals in the nutritional sciences, supply/value chain, regulations, and leadership and management—all specific to the multi-billion-dollar natural foods and dietary supplement industry. Graduates are uniquely trained to respond to the nutrition industry’s need for evidence-based leaders who can apply the quadruple bottom line framework of People, Planet, Profits, and Purpose to improve organizational performance.

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