The goal of the Master of Science in Nutrition program is to prepare graduates to make significant contributions to the field in research, practice, teaching, and leadership.
To fulfill this goal, the program provides students with: (1) a comprehensive knowledge in the biochemical and physiological aspects of human nutrition; (2) knowledge of methodologies used in basic nutrition research and nutrition intervention; (3) and skills in research, design, implementation, evaluation, and interpretation.
The Master of Science in Nutrition is designed for the dietitian, nurse, physician, or other health professional seeking to enhance knowledge and credentials. The program is also open to academically qualified students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than nutrition or the related sciences (so long as they can meet the science prerequisites), since such students often bring valuable insights to the graduate study of nutrition.
Graduates can work in a variety of settings including community nutrition agencies, worksite wellness programs, school nutrition programs, emergency food organizations, food industry, international nutrition organizations, media/marketing nutrition, and research institutions. Students may use the degree toward further graduate work at the doctoral level.
The program outcomes are listed below:
- Students will master the breadth of knowledge in key content areas of nutrition science including macronutrients and micronutrients.
- Students will integrate knowledge of nutritional biochemistry and pathophysiology into clinical and epidemiological applications related to the assessment, prevention and treatment of diseases in individuals and populations.
- Students will integrate knowledge of nutritional needs across the lifespan and behavioral strategies into nutrition intervention design and delivery.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and analyze the scientific literature in a variety of areas of nutritional science.
- Students will integrate the research process (design, methodology, analysis, and communication of results to scholarly and other audiences) into a research project.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze data using appropriate statistical methods
- Students will demonstrate proficient written and oral communication skills.