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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 2021

Course requirements listed on this page apply to students entering the MS program, or the MS and RDN training programs in autumn 2021.  Refer to curriculum archives in Current Students if you entered the program in a previous year.

1st Autumn (14-15 credits)

BIOST 511Medical Biometry4All MS
EPI 511Introduction to Epidemiology4All MS
NUTR 513Food and Society2All MS
NUTR 520Nutrition and Metabolism I4All MS
NUTR 561GCPD Seminar1GCPD only

1st Winter (9-11 credits)

HSERV 579Structural Racism and Public Health1All MS
NUTR 500Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health Seminar1All MS
NUTR 512United States Food Systems Policy3All MS
NUTR 521Nutrition and Metabolism II4All MS
NUTR 536Nutrition Education Principles & Practice2GCPD required; all welcome

1st Spring (11-13 credits)

NUTR 514Food Systems and Public Health3All MS
NUTR 526Maternal and Pediatric Nutrition4All MS
NUTR 560Nutritional Counseling for Chronic Disease2GCPD only
NUTR 562Nutrition and Chronic Disease4All MS

1st Summer

ProgramCourse Requirement
GCPD StudentsSupervised Practice/Practice Experience: The timing of this 3 week rotation varies depending on the sites.

2nd Autumn (7-14 credits)

NUTR 531Public Health Nutrition3 or 6 [see note]All MS
NUTR 559Orientation to Clinical Dietetics3GCPD only
NUTR 563Nutrition in Acute Care4GCPD only
NUTR 596 Nutrition Practice Capstone4MS Capstone only

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

NUTR 561Supervised Practice/Practice Experience10 per quarter GCPD only

Requirements For MS Students Not Tied to Specific Quarter

Electives5All MS
NUTR 700Thesis9MS Thesis only

  • NUTR 531 credits: For NUTR 531, select 3 credits if pursuing a capstone or 6 credits if pursuing a thesis.
  • Capstone or Thesis:  Students may select either a 4 -credit capstone, completed via NUTR 531, or 9-credit thesis or a 4-credit capstone as the culminating event for their degree.
  • Electives: GCPD courses satisfy the elective credits required for the MS degree.
  • Degree Requirements:  Minimum 46 credits for MS with Capstone; Minimum 54 credits for MS with Thesis.
  • Courses are subject to change.  

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).

Master of Science students typically complete a practice-based capstone with mentorship from an NSP faculty adviser and a community partner. Some students may choose to complete a research-based thesis under the direction of a faculty thesis chair and committee.

See past student projects