Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences, graduates will be able to:
- Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for all SPH students.
- Meet the core competencies established by the Nutritional Sciences Program for all Nutritional Sciences students:
- Apply knowledge of human nutrient requirements in relation to genetics, metabolic pathways, and physiological function across the life course.
- Assess nutritional status of individuals and groups.
- Appraise how nutritional factors across the lifespan are linked to non-communicable diseases (NCD) and quality of life.
- Apply evidence-based approaches to improve diet quality and nutritional status.
- Apply appropriate methodologies to a research question.
- Explain, critique, and apply the process of public health practice and nutrition policy development.
- Describe the basic components and determinants of the US food and nutrition systems.
- Translate knowledge and skills from Nutritional Sciences competencies to nutrition research or evidence-based clinical practice (when combined with dietetics training).
MS Course Requirements in Nutritional Sciences
Course requirements on this page apply to students entering the MS or MS + GCPD program in Autumn 2019.
Read about curriculum changes for Autumn 2020
|1st Autumn||Credits: 13-14|
|EPI 511||Introduction to Epidemiology||4||All MS|
|HSERV 579||Structural Racism and Public Health||1||All MS|
|NUTR 500||Graduate Seminar: Current Issues in Nutrition||1||All MS|
|NUTR 513||Food and Society: Exploring Eating Behaviors in a Social, Environmental, and Policy Context||2||All MS|
|NUTR 520||Nutrition and Metabolism I||3||All MS|
|NUTR 529||Nutrition Research Design||2||All MS|
|NUTR 561A||GCPD Seminar||1||GCPD only|
|1st Winter||Credits: 12|
|BIOST 508||Biostatistical Reasoning for the Health Sciences||4||All MS|
|NUTR 521||Nutrition and Metabolism II||3||All MS|
|NUTR 531||Public Health Nutrition||5||All MS|
|1st Spring||Credits: 8-12|
|NUTR 522||Nutrition and Metabolism III||3||All MS|
|NUTR 562||Nutrition and Chronic Disease||4||All MS|
|NUTR 536||Nutrition Education Principles and Practice||2||Required GCPD; Elective for non-GCPD|
|NUTR 560||Nutritional Counseling for Chronic Disease||2||Required GCPD; Elective for current RD only|
|NUTR 596 or NUTR 700||Nutrition Practice Capstone or Master’s Thesis||1||All MS|
|GCPD Students:||Supervised Practice/Practice Experience: The timing of this 3 week rotation varies depending on the sites. It generally occurs in late August or early September.|
|2nd Autumn||Credits: 2-13|
|NUTR 526||Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition||4||Required GCPD; Elective for non-GCPD|
|NUTR 559||Orientation to Clinical Dietetics Practice||3||GCPD only|
|NUTR 563||Nutrition in Acute Care||4||GCPD only|
|NUTR 596 or NUTR 700||Nutrition Practice Capstone or Master’s Thesis||2||All MS|
|MS students who are not in the GCPD should consider taking courses to satisfy elective credits this quarter.|
|2nd Winter/Spring/Summer – GCPD Only||Credits: 30|
|NUTR 561||Supervised Practice/Practice Experience||10 per quarter[c]||GCPD only|
|MS Students are required to complete the following credits not tied to a specific quarter:||
|NUTR 596 or NUTR 700||Nutrition Practice Capstone or Master’s Thesis||6 additional credits (for min of 9)[a]||All MS|
|Additional Electives||4||All MS|
[a] Timing of NUTR 596 Capstone/700 Thesis Credits: With the exception of the required 1 credit (1st year spring quarter) and 2 credits (2nd year autumn quarter), students may distribute the remaining NUTR 596 or NUTR 700 credits as best fits their schedule.
Additional GCPD Curriculum Notes:
[c] NUTR 561: For the 30 credits of GCPD Practice experience, students register through PCE (Professional and Continuing Education) which does not have tuition distinction for tiers or residency.
[d] Electives: GCPD courses satisfy the 4 elective credits required for the MS degree.