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
The requirements listed below reflect the current curriculum for students beginning the MS Program in Autumn 2018. The requirements for students entering in previous years are archived for reference: entered Autumn 2017, entered Autumn 2016
Students enrolled in both the MS and the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) should note the additional GCPD requirements.
|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: 12-15|
|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|
|NUTR 545||Food Safety and Health||3||Required GCPD[e];Elective for non-GCPD|
|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.
[e] Students with DPD Verification Statement: GCPD students holding a DPD verification statement waive out of Food Safety (NUTR 545).