Nutrition Care Management — M.S.
Closed to admission for the 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 academic years.
The M.S. degree in nutrition care management is a postprofessional degree for registered dietitians who seek advancement into administrative roles in their current position or in another institution. Nutrition care management refers to the administration and management of the delivery of nutrition care in a broad sense. It includes the management of nutrition care dietitians as they provide medical nutrition therapy to a patient. It also includes preparation to become an assistant director in a food and nutrition service in either medical nutrition therapy or food service management. Finally, it also means preparation for becoming director of the food and nutrition department in medical centers or in school food service. The emphasis of the curriculum in management is to effectively use the resources available to achieve the mission of the employing organization.
This degree is a web-based, online curriculum with courses offered via the Internet. No more than two classes are offered each quarter. Although the student is able to individually customize the curriculum to some degree, s/he is expected to keep up to date with the discussion and projects assigned in each class. Courses must be completed by the end of the specified quarter.
Mission of the online degree
The mission of the Master of Science degree in nutrition care management is to prepare leadership personnel in nutrition care and multidepartmental management. Graduates will exhibit a Christian managerial style in their approach to achieving objectives and dealing with customers and employees; as well as in applying ethical principles to all aspects of life. Graduates will be proactive scholars who strive to meet the needs of the current dynamic society by becoming creative thinkers who apply and use research to advance the practice of nutrition and dietetics, and by developing and implementing public policy.
The Master of Science degree in nutrition care management will be offered via distance education using Canvas, an Internet-based learning system. Students will not be required to take any courses on campus during the two years of the online program. The 48-unit degree includes courses offered by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Allied Health Professions, by the M.B.A. degree program in the School of Public Health, and by the School of Religion.
Goals of the online degree
The goals of the Master of Science degree in nutrition care management are to:
- Further the education and training of registered dietitians who are advanced-level practitioners and/or managers, as well as potential leaders in the profession; and who are willing to serve not only the Seventh-day Adventist health-care community, but also the greater community by promoting optimum health and nutrition.
- Graduate trained professionals who are effective managers, competent servant leaders, educators, and researchers thoroughly prepared to contribute to the profession's body of knowledge through publications, professional presentations, and advocacy.
Student learning outcomes
The learning outcomes for the Master of Science degree in nutrition care management include preparing the registered dietitian to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of nutrition and dietetics, and to serve the needs of the global community at advanced practice levels.
- Apply a Christian approach to all aspects of ethics, management, and leadership within his/her area of responsibility and in his/her personal life.
- Exhibit an investigative spirit, and continue to attain knowledge and develop professional competency for advanced-level practice.
- Use current issues and environmental information from his/her system's external and internal environment to influence and/or adapt to changes that will impact the organization and/or public policy.
- Apply research, statistical methods, and current technology to evaluate and improve in his/her areas of responsibility.
- Engage in program development to serve the needs of the global community.
- Contribute to the profession's body of knowledge by publishing or giving oral presentations of cogent research results.
- Develop executive management and leadership skills to achieve personal and corporate goals.
The Master of Science degree in nutrition care management will be offered via an online format utilizing Canvas by Instructure. The nutrition and dietetics faculty have approved an online syllabus template and Canvas set-up template to ensure that certain course management strategies are in place and consistent throughout the course of study. Prior to beginning the degree, students will complete an online course that teaches the skills necessary to operate effectively in this online learning environment. Students will be expected to attend a one-day, on-campus orientation prior to beginning their course work.
The online degree is open to registered dietitians who have had at least two years of experience in the profession and who are passionate about their role as a potential manager in the profession
Admission is based on a selective process. In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:
- Evidence of RDN certification is required
- A G.P.A. of 3.0 or above
- A letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor and/or department head
- It is also suggested that the student submit the name of a mentor who will be a member of the team supporting the student through the educational experience. Other members of the team include the individual student, the academic faculty, and the student's faculty advisor.
|AHCJ 548||Human Resource Management in the Health-Care Environment||3|
|AHCJ 550||Organizational Theory||3|
|AHCJ 566||Theoretical Foundations of Leadership||3|
|AHRM 595||Research and Statistics Concepts and Methods: Intermediate||3|
|DTCS 554||Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy||3|
|RELT 563||Health Care, Humanity, and God||3|
|AHCJ 549||Professional Responsibility in Allied Health Professions||3|
|AHCJ 586||Curricula Planning in Health Sciences||3|
|DTCS 525||Nutrition Care Marketing||3|
|DTCS 536||Health Care Financial Management||3|
|DTCS 585||Operations Management in Food and Nutrition Services||4|
|DTCS 696||Nutrition Care-Management Project||6|
|HADM 604||Health Systems Strategic Planning||3|
|DTCS 505||Graduate Seminar—Portfolio||2|
|DTCS 579||Capstone Course in Nutrition Care Management||3|
Normal time to complete the program
2.33 years (8 academic quarters) — half-time enrollment only