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Paleo Diet Accredited Programs

We’re so proud that you all are exploring the many facets of The Paleo Diet. We’ve recently received a number of questions about accredited Paleo Diet programs.

To our knowledge, nowhere in the world is there either a graduate or undergraduate University or College level program that prepares students specifically for professional careers in “Paleolithic Nutrition.” However, most major Universities with Anthropology Departments offer courses in human evolution, but these classes typically touch minimally upon ancestral human diets and their implications for health and disease in contemporary people. Most major Universities with Nutrition Departments offer courses in human nutrition and diet and disease, but virtually none of these classes even mention the evolutionary basis for optimal human nutrition.

In the U.S. the most common degree related program leading to a career in professional nutritional counseling is the Registered Dietician (RD) Program. However, as you can see from the Plum Health Blog from Paleo-friendly RDs, the RD program is strictly old school and teaches mainstream USDA Food Plate dogma. But, there’s hope, as seen from dietetic nutrition students on Paleo Hacks, that if you stick it out, you can continue to educate yourself independently as you pursue your degree.

The time is ripe for a program to emerge somewhere here in the U.S. or in the UK at a progressive, eclectic University or College which emphasizes Anthropology, Evolution, Biochemistry and Epidemiology as complementary and underlying disciplines for the study of human nutrition. Dr. Cordain taught one graduate level course in Evolutionary Nutrition (Evolutionary Basis for Health and Nutrition) and has taught one undergraduate level course (Evolutionary Basis for Optimal Human Nutrition ) in the area as well. You may download the course syllabi below:

HES 545 Evolutionary Basis for Health and Fitness

IU 193 – H01 Evolutionary Basis for Optimal Human Nutrition

If you are aware of any Paleolithic specific programs, please share them in comments below.

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5 Comments on "The Paleo Diet Accredited Programs & Curricula"

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  1. Paleo Joe says:

    Hi Dr Loren Cordain,

    Have there been any updates on Paleo Diet courses, as I run a a Australian Paleo diet site and often get asked the question. Please let me know.


  2. Maria Cristina says:

    Dear Dr. Cordain, I’m an italo-argentine dietician (Degree in Human Nutrition), I’m very interested in the ‘Evolutionary Basis for Health and Nutrition” course. I’d like to know syllabi, requisites, location, fee, tuition and dates.
    Best Regards.

  3. Alexis says:

    It’s interesting to me that there are many people asking about accredited programs. I’ve always held the thought that true paleo replication isn’t the point. The point is that you are making a conscious decision to approach nutritional health in the same spirit our ancestors did adjusted for modern times. Making healthy decisions about what is available to you today based on those guidelines seems like a lifestyle. I’m interested in other’s thoughts on why they would like to see a formal curriculum.

  4. Shirley Goff says:

    I am interested in the syllabi for Dr. Cordain’s courses. Thank you.

  5. In May 2013 me and two of my colleagues, Zsófia Clemens neuroscientist and Lajos Séllei family doctor, started a course during the physicians mandatory training at the University of Szeged about autoimmune disease and leaky gut syndrome correlations, the Paleolithic diet efficiency and the possibilities of Paleolithic diet medical application. The course will continue in September. We plan a widespread training for physicians use of Paleolithic diet and its medical aspects.

    So, great plans over here a real Evolutionary medicine is starting up here in our little Country (Hungary), and we are starting to get plenty of experience with its medical applications. Thank You guys for the good knowledge.

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