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Graduate Study

MS Curriculum

Master of Science (MS) curriculum involves coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology and nutritional sciences, and culminates in a capstone or thesis.

If completing the MS with RDN training, you will take an additional 30 credits RDN practice experience.

Autumn 2022

Course requirements listed on this page apply to students entering the MS program, or the MS and RDN training programs in autumn 2022.  Refer to curriculum archives in Current Students if you entered the program in a previous year.

Year 1 Autumn (14 credits)

BIOST 511Medical Biometry4All MS
EPI 511Introduction to Epidemiology4All MS
NUTR 513Food and Society2All MS
NUTR 520Nutrition and Metabolism I4All MS

Year 1Winter (9-12 credits)

HSERV 579Structural Racism and Public Health1All MS
NUTR 500Food Systems Seminar1All MS
NUTR 512United States Food Systems Policy3All MS
NUTR 521Nutrition and Metabolism II4All MS
NUTR 536Nutrition Education Principles & Practice2GCPD only
NUTR 558Foundations of Dietetics1GCPD only

Year 1 Spring (10-12 credits)

NUTR 514Food Systems and Public Health3All MS
NUTR 526Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition3All MS
NUTR 560Nutritional Counseling for Chronic Disease2GCPD only
NUTR 562Nutrition and Chronic Disease4All MS

Year 2 Autumn (7-14 credits)

NUTR 531Public Health Nutrition3All MS
NUTR 559Orientation to Clinical Dietetics Practice3GCPD only
NUTR 563Nutrition in Acute Care4GCPD only
NUTR 596 Nutrition Practice Capstone4All MS

Year 2 Winter/Spring/Summer – GCPD Only (30 credits)

NUTR 561GCPD Practice Experience10 per quarter GCPD only

Credits Not Tied to Specific Quarter

Electives5All MS
NUTR 700Master's Thesis9Optional

  • GCPD courses satisfy the elective credits required for the MS degree.
  • MS Capstone students must complete a minimum 46 credits.
  • MS Thesis students must complete a minimum 54 credits.
  • Courses and timing are subject to change.
  • Use these tables in conjunction with your official degree audit and guidance from NSP Student and Academic Services.
  • All NSP students complete a practice-based group capstone project by way of NUTR 531 in autumn quarter of year 2. NSP Student and Academic Services presumes you will be using this project towards your culminating experience requirement, which is the default. Decisions to pursue an additional thesis as your culminating project are typically made in winter and spring of year 1.

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 MS Nutritional Sciences students:
    • Apply appropriate methodologies to a human nutrition research question.
    • Translate knowledge and skills from Nutritional Sciences competencies to nutrition research or evidence-based clinical practice (when combined with dietetics training).
    • Demonstrate knowledge and facilitation skills to lead discussion of evidence-based arguments for and against a nutrition-related topic.
    • Describe how individuals are impacted by US food and nutrition systems.

MS students complete either a practice-based capstone with mentorship from a faculty adviser and a community partner or a research-based thesis under the direction of a faculty thesis chair and committee.

See past student projects