“I always knew nutrition played a key role in overall health and wellbeing but it wasn’t until I saw a Ted Talk given by Dr Terry Wahls and Dr Mark Hyman that I truly realised how powerful a medicine food could actually be. After researching other courses in Ireland and after attending the open day for IHS I decided that their Nutritional Therapy program was the one for me. I loved the science based approach they were taking and how their courses tied in so well with the Functional Medicine approach to healthcare. After completing year one I was hooked. Moving onto year two to complete CI level 5 (UK) Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle: Evaluating their Role in the Development of Chronic Disease was exciting but daunting as I have never studied any science subjects before.
However, the course was structured in such a way that led you through the specific science you needed to know, right back to cellular level, in order to allow it all come together perfectly in the end. The aim of the course was to explore how the body works “in health” and then compare it to when we are “out of balance”. We explored the human body through a functional medicine lens and learned how, when one system is out of balance, it can impact much more that just one specific area of health.
Part 1 of the Nutritional Therapy Clinical Practice module was also tied in with the course. This gave the NLCD course a really practical approach and brought what we were learning to life. We looked in-depth at case studies of clients with specific imbalances and then learned how to map a client’s timeline and matrix to see possible triggers for the onset of symptoms. We then looked at the links between the Functional Medicine systems and other clinical imbalances. These exercises were always brought back to a review of what nutritional and lifestyle factors may have led to the onset of the clients symptoms which meant we would have a clear starting point on what changes to recommend in order to help the client meet their specific health goals.
The work load of the course was manageable so long as you kept on top of it. I work full time and have two small children so the continuous assessment approach worked well for me. This structure gave me discipline and working towards achieving monthly goals definitely kept me on track.
The lecturers in IHS are excellent and they are all extremely passionate about what they are teaching and this is apparent during our in class lecture weekends. They have all practiced Nutritional Therapy and they each one brings a wealth of personal knowledge that money can’t buy. This enthusiasm coupled with all the students desire to learn more, makes for extremely fulfilling lecture weekends. In fact, if you have a passion for nutrition, then this course does not feel like study at all.”
Wendy Riordan, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Graduate 2016, current Nutritional Therapy student 2017-19
“Over the last 4-5 years, I had been looking for a career change. My interest levels were in the areas of health and wellness. I considered a number of other complementary health therapies. When nutritional therapy presented, I knew it was the field for me. Now, to find the best school and course! That was two years ago. I researched and attended open days for a number of schools, but the school that stood out for me at the time was IHS. Suzanne presented at the Open Day (I attended two IHS open days during that summer!) and inspired me with her enthusiasm and vision for the college and the profession. On the second open day I attended, I met the lovely Edelle O’Doherty, herself a student at the time, who really enabled me to visualise the transition I could make. I love the Functional Medicine ethos of the school, believing it is the health model for now into the future.
I have completed my 2nd year with IHS, and can only say that I have absolutely loved every minute of it. The quality of the material and lecturers is excellent. The content is truly up-to-date with what is currently being discussed and researched in the medical science world. Both years have been hard work, with high expectations, from both the college and the students in terms of standards of content to be studied and assessment standards.
A great bonus is being able to officially practice as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach after the 1st year. Suzanne’s closing words on the Open Day were “we aim to have you hit the ground running at the end of your 1st year”. And the college certainly prepared us for that. With that in mind, as part of 1st year, there was a very comprehensive business module, which I found excellent, and I began to develop my business throughout this year.
2nd year has been a deep dive into the science of the body systems and their imbalances, exciting and fascinating. It has really given me such a grounding that I am enabled to understand research documents I read, talks and conferences I go to. This has given me great confidence in my ability to help clients, as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach currently, and as a Nutritional Therapist in the future.
I am really looking forward to 3rd year. I love the college weekends, getting totally immersed into the lectures with likeminded students and lecturers. When I look back 2 years, to my initial tentative steps to finding a new career, to where I am now i.e. ready to make the move, I can hardly believe it. IHS and its quality course has given me the confidence to make this major change in my life.
As a mother of four, and in full time work, I wondered seriously how I would manage add in serious study to an already busy life. But when you love something, you find a way. I have also had great support at home and have integrated my knowledge into my life and current work. I would highly recommend IHS as a college providing courses of a very high professional standard, with a caring professional group of lecturers, there to support you on your journey.”
Clare Coleman, B.Ed, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Graduate 2016, current Nutritional Therapy student 2017-19
“The IHS team does great work! The content of the Nutrition & Lifestyle course is amazing, I chose IHS carefully, calling all the similar programs in Ireland and in the USA to gather more information about their curriculums. I’m sure I’ve chosen the best. And I have to confess that I did not expect to learn so much in a year! The course goes deep into nutritional theories and lifestyle factors that influence health. We learn about body functions and ways to nourish not only the body but mind and spirit. Additionally we gain access to material to dig deeper into the concept if we want to know more. Thank you all for opening the door to my new career. And big thanks to my tutors, my fellow students that added value to this course by engaging in the forums, all the staff, and everyone else that has contributed to making this course so productive.”
Marciéli da Silva, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Graduate, Brazil, 2017
I would like to add my thanks for all your support throughout the NLC Course. As others previously mentioned, the course was second to none, your input when needed on the forum and to the smooth running of the course was very much appreciated, resulting in a learning curve that went far beyond my expectations. Although the work was overwhelming by times, support was provided in a sensitive fashion that took into account personal circumstances and the attention to detail was very impressive and motivating.
I would like to thank Gwen, my personal tutor for the first 6 months of the course, always very responsive to questions on the forum and supplying extra information and possible answers to questions from other forums which was most helpful in allowing us draw our own conclusions. I learned a lot from her feedback and finally want to acknowledge her support when personal circumstances meant taking a break. It was very encouraging to have a smooth transition from one tutor to another and to be followed by Georgie who likewise was full of enthusiasm, responsive on the forum and very insightful in her feedback, provided great coaching as we went step by step through the coaching skills which were not always easy to get a grip on.
Finally I’d like to thank all the other students, for their insightful questions/discussions on the forum and from whom I learned a lot not to mention my buddy group.”
Maeve O’Driscoll, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Graduate, Switzerland, 2017
“Studying at IHS has been a wonderful experience. The course is content rich and I feel I have learnt a lot in a relatively short period of time, which is extraordinary. I appreciate IHS non-dogmatic method and encouragement for students to do their own research and base their recommendations on sound science. Studying online has been easy. The course is well organised in modules and the online platform is easy to navigate. The regular assignments help consolidate students’ learning. I now feel well-equipped to start my practice with confidence.”
Marisa Fernández, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Graduate, Spain, 2017
“I started looking for a Nutritionist course over a period of two months online that would form a basis or starting point to allow me entrance into University to do my degree in BSc. There are many good and bad nutrition courses offered online and I did not want to make a mistake by choosing the incorrect one and was fortunate to find and enrol in the Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching course with the Institute of Health Sciences.
During the course, there has been unlimited support, interaction and feedback from our course leaders and personal tutors. I cannot get over how professionally this course has been run by the staff and how helpful and knowledgeable they all are.
As this course has far outweighed my expectations I have decided to continue studying with The Institute of Health Sciences for an additional year to complete the next level Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching and hopefully go on to become a Clinical Nutritionist and specialise in Functional Medicine.
The design and outlay of the course and extra lectures and conferences offered to students by IHS to attend are of a very high standard. I had the pleasure of attending weekend lectures at Regents University in London held by IHS and found them to be very beneficial and got to meet really nice likeminded students, who we have the privilege of interacting with online during our studies via a forum on each section as we go along.
I was so lucky to have found this amazing course. Thank you!”
Jenny Lee Winchester, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Student, UK, 2017
“I firmly believe Health and Wellness Coaching is the way of the future. I highly recommend the IHS H&W Coaching course to anyone who is passionate about learning to help people be the best they can be. I decided to sign up for it a year after the sudden death of my Mum. I was feeling a bit lost, and had always wanted to dip my toes into the health and wellness arena, but wasn’t sure where or how to begin. I found the experience challenging , rewarding , and stimulating. The curriculum and materials were excellent, and our online tutor Shane was a fantastic facilitator.
As coach/ally you learn to empower people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, which is both humbling and gratifying. You also go through your own personal Buddy coaching journey – which for me was life-changing. How often do we get the opportunity to reflect on our own lives like that in a supportive trusting environment?! I’m now on an exciting new path and in the middle of the IHS 1 year Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching”.
Luci Horwell, Certificate in Health & Wellness Coaching Graduate, 2016
“I commenced the NLC programme in October 2015. The course exceeded my expectations in many regards — the content of the course was interesting and engaging, and the caliber of the lecturers was tremendous. The assignments were well designed and excellent learning tools.
I was initially apprehensive in regards to my suitability and capability because I came from a business corporate background and was venturing into a totally new area. However, once I commenced the course this apprehension soon dissipated, primarily due to the fantastic support I received for the institute and how the course was structured and presented.
The journey through the course has been highly enjoyable, and I now feel confident in what I have learned in this course, I will be able to apply in the real world.”
Liz Holland, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Graduate, UK, 2016
“This course is very detailed with a very good mixture of learning resources including video, audio, quizzes, group work with fellow students, practical sessions and using Nutritics with assignments which I enjoyed. Some topics really made me think about what is in the food we buy and the nutrients or potential toxins contained in some food. The course helped me to improve my own diet and lifestyle. The coaching aspect of the course was very interesting and will help me in a better way to assist clients to take responsibility to improve their health with knowledge and guidance. I thought overall tutor support was excellent. I feel confident after this year that I can now apply myself as a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach to enhance the health of my clients. Big thanks to the IHS Team to have such dedication to students providing a very high standard and wonderful course. Looking forward to the next level. Thank you.”
Britta Stewart Dolan, Diploma in Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching Graduate, Ireland, 2016
“IHS helped me to change my life and inspired me to help others in changing their lives. I enrolled to this amazing college to find out the truth about healthy eating. My health wasn’t the best and the health information in the media was very confusing and not making much sense. I needed to get to the source of a healthy lifestyle and IHS gave me that. The knowledge I have gained has helped me to overcome my own health issues and when I realised that this is possible it motivated me to help others.
Studying was never boring and although it was challenging I never got enough of it and enjoyed every bit! At IHS I discovered my passion and for the first time I was 100% sure of what I wanted to do in my life and who I want to be. Thanks to our college mentors who prepared me so well to become a practitioner, becoming one wasn’t that difficult at all. Even though I had no previous experience in health or nutrition, business or self-employment, IHS was all I needed to get there.”
Ola Mazurkiewicz, IHS Nutritional Therapy Graduate 2016
“As a pharmacist, coach and trainer, I expect high standards in any training programme I engage in. I am delighted that IHS delivered on its promise. Before enrolling on the two year Diet, Health and Wellness Coaching with the Institute of Health Sciences, I had already qualified as a pharmacist and as a life coach and I had been searching for a number of years to find a healthcare practitioner programme that developed and deepened health behaviour change skills, with a truly patient-centred ethos.
Pharmacists are THE most accessible healthcare professional to the public and have a major opportunity to impact on the health, well-being, care and safety of patients. In order to deliver this promise, and make the positive impact I wanted to make on patients’ health, I realised I needed to further develop my health behaviour change skills, to assist them to make the changes they wanted to make in their lives, in a sustainable way. After all, most treatment adherence problems are behavioural in nature e.g. diet, exercise, medication adherence, smoking cessation, sleep, stress management.
The role of the pharmacist is developing as a patient educator, advocate, mentor, guide and champion. To meet this changing role and expectation, I believe that we, as pharmacists need to develop ourselves as “patient behavioural change experts” as well as “medicine experts”.
I found the Institute of Health Sciences to produce high quality, evidence based learning materials, possess highly engaged and knowledgeable tutors, to be very well organised and responsive to student needs. The assignments were specifically designed to facilitate the transfer of learning into practice.
One of the parts I found most valuable in the training was the emphasis on reflective practice. This supported me to gain insights and develop myself personally and professionally as a pharmacist and coach. The tutors also provided detailed feedback on each and every assignment.
As well as learning and practising health behaviour change techniques, some surprising benefits which are really applicable to pharmacy include enhanced product knowledge in the area of nutrition and dietary supplements, even more effective patient consultation skills, entrepreneurship skills and stress management techniques.
As a result of completing this programme, my ability to facilitate clients to make the changes they want to make has increased. My job satisfaction and fulfillment are enhanced. My awareness and focus on the importance of my own self-care as a patient safety priority has increased. I now ensure, no matter how busy I am, to include self-care practices into my professional practice. The impact on stress reduction, decision making and my ability to prioritise what is most important has been profound. I am happy to talk to any pharmacist who is considering doing one of the IHS courses and to answer any questions you may have.”
Rachel Dungan, IHS Diploma in Diet, Health & Wellness Graduate, 2015
“After my Masters I was looking for the right nutrition course to do, but failed to find any to my satisfaction, as I wanted a good science base to whatever course I found. Until there were redundancies in my job, I forgot all about it, but went back looking and discovered the Diploma in Nutritional Therapy at IHS. I loved the grounding in Functional Medicine and was very impressed by the course outline. I ended up fast tracking (doing Year 1 and 2 at the same time), and having my first baby whilst doing the Diploma, everybody at IHS was amazing, supportive and helpful, so I still managed to graduate with a distinction. I would highly recommend IHS, the course content is excellent, the lecturers extremely knowledgeable with practical experience and the whole team is so helpful and friendly. Even though it was incredibly hard work, I really enjoyed my time studying and know that I’ve gained an excellent basis for my own business as a Nutritional Therapist.”
Gwen Enright, IHS Nutritional Therapy Diploma Graduate 2015
“I found the Diploma in Diet, Health and Wellness Coaching to be an amazing course incorporating nutrition, counselling, coaching and stress management. I found the college to be extremely forward thinking and forerunners in compiling this course, and I congratulate them on their bravery. I felt that all of my lecturers were truly passionate in what they taught, and had enthusiasm for teaching, which made learning far easier for me, while they provided me with endless support through my studies. There was very positive energy on this course and I have met some wonderful people.
The course has been life changing for me personally and professionally. I use the nutrition and coaching in my home with my family, and I have changed career and now run a successful Health & Wellness consultancy in Sligo. I truly believe that the combination of nutrition and counselling is making the difference with my clients. There is a huge market for Health & Wellness as people are seeing the bigger picture, and health is not just about food, it is about behaviour also. If you are considering nutrition or health as a career path, I would certainly recommend this course, as it is invaluable for a successful Health & Wellness career, and I highly recommend The Institute of Health Sciences and their staff.”
Regina Diamond, IHS Diploma in Diet, Health & Wellness Coaching Graduate, 2015
“I’ve just finished the certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching with IHS. It is an amazing course….it has transformed my life and I’ve had amazing results with the clients I used for case studies. I also did a Stress Management module and that was fab. So….I’m really excited about using my new skills with the Nutritional Therapy as they all complement each other SO well. So for any of you looking for some extra skills to boost your practice….look up the course.”
Elaine Cammish, IHS Certificate in Health & Wellness Coaching Graduate 2014, IHS Nutritional Therapy Graduate 2012
“Studying with IHS was a great experience. The lecturers were very experienced and knowledgeable and the supporting staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. The course content was excellent, evidence-based and very relevant. I feel that I was very prepared to deal with clients after this course, both from a scientific/nutrition point and by understanding clients’ motivations and barriers. I feel that IHS holds the high standards that should be expected of Nutritional Therapists and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this Institute for anyone considering a career in nutrition.”
Ciara Wright, PhD, BSc, Dip NT IHS, Nutritional Therapy Diploma Graduate 2014