MS Curriculum

Learning Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences, graduates will be able to:

  1. Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for all SPH students.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

View archived course requirements based on entry year:  Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018

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
1st Summer
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.