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Master of Science in Nutrition Curriculum

All students must:

  • successfully complete all CORE courses—24 credit hours
  • successfully complete either elective option A—Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (12 credit hours) OR elective option B—Non-Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (12 credit hours).

Thus, the total credit hours for the Master of Science in Nutrition is 36 credits hours (24 core and 12 elective). 

CORE Master of Science in Nutrition courses (24 credits)

NUTR 6301: Clinical aspects of nutrition support (3 credits) 

  • In-depth review of nutritional assessment and nutrition support for initiation and management of enteral and parenteral nutrition.

NUTR 6302:  Advanced medical nutrition therapy (3 credits)

  • Advanced practice in medical nutrition therapies and advanced physical assessment skills. 

NUTR 6303:  Nutrition management and leadership for the clinical professional (3 credits)

  • Development of effective management skills for the clinical nutrition leader.  

NUTR 6304:  Advanced nutrition counseling and education (3 credits)

  • Strategies for identifying at-risk populations and development and evaluation of educational programs. 

NUTR 7305:  Research methods (3 credits)

  • Research planning, design, implementation and analysis in nutrition. 

NUTR 7306:  Statistics (3 credits; prerequisite:  prior undergraduate statistics course)

  • Overview of statistical design and analysis including univariate and multivariate statistical methods for the health care or public health environment. 

NUTR 6311:  Capstone I (3 credits; prerequisites:  NUTR 6305 & 6306; must be completed during the second to the last semester of study).

  • Special projects in nutrition and dietetics (in the form of a literature review, grant proposal, education program or tool development and/or evaluation, or research project approved by course instructor).

NUTR 6312:  Capstone II (3 credits) (prerequisite:  6311; must be completed during the last semester of study) 

  • Special projects in nutrition and dietetics (in the form of a literature review, grant proposal, education program or tool development and/or evaluation, or research project approved by course instructor).  The student experience will culminate in the submission of the completed project in the form of an abstract, poster session, or other means of dissemination coordinated with the instructor.

Elective option A.  Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (12 credits)

*^NUTR 6307:  Community nutrition practice (3 credits)

  • Supervised practice practicum (300 hours) in community settings

*^NUTR 6308:  Clinical nutrition practice I (3 credits)

  • Supervised practice practicum (300 hours) in clinical settings

*NUTR 6309:  Clinical nutrition practice II (3 credits)

  • Supervised practice practicum (300 hours) in clinical settings

*NUTR 6310:  Management of nutrition and food systems practice (3 credits) 

  • Supervised practice practicum (300 hours) in a food service setting

* Your internship hours can substitute for course content with approval.
^ Prior work experience may substitute for up to six hours of course credit.

Elective option B.  Non-Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (12 credits)

NUTR 7313:  Urban fitness (3 credits)

  • Development, implementation and evaluation of obesity prevention, treatment and control intervention programs.

NUTR 6314:  Gender and culture issues in physical activity and fitness (3 credits)

  • Examine the impact of gender and cultural beliefs on the physical activity and fitness levels of Hispanic, African American, and White adult and children populations and the development of interventions to promote PA and fitness in these populations.

NUTR 7315:  Advanced nutrition for the elderly (3 credits)

  • Advanced practice in nutritional care and in-depth focus on the physiological changes within the elderly population. 

NUTR 6316:  Advanced diabetes management and education (3 credits)

  • In-depth review of nutritional techniques and interventions in the management of diabetes.