Nutrition — M.S.

Program director
Ella Haddad

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree Nutrition Program is suitable for persons planning to pursue a doctoral degree in nutrition or other related areas and for persons preparing to teach at the secondary or university level. The program provides background experience for those interested in research careers in academic or industry settings and provides advanced training in basic nutrition for physicians and other health professionals.

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 48 units. Two options, a thesis (research track) and a nonthesis (course work track), are available. For the research track, the student fulfills the core requirements and implements and completes a research project that culminates in either a publishable manuscript or a thesis. For the course work track, the student fulfills total unit requirements by completing courses in nutrition and by participating in an ongoing research project. A written comprehensive examination is required for both options.

Learner outcomes

The M.S. degree Nutrition Program is offered to meet the specific needs of those who desire advanced training in nutritional sciences. Upon completion of the program, graduates will:

  • Understand physiological and biochemical mechanisms influencing human systems and how food and nutrients impact function.
  • Understand the role of vegetarian dietary practices in human health, the environment, and ecology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct and publish applied research in nutrition.

Educational effectiveness indicators

Indicators of educational effectiveness include successful completion of a comprehensive examination, oral defense of a thesis project, a publishable paper, and an exit interview with the program director.

Prerequisite

  • Basic nutrition
  • General chemistry through organic chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology

Individuals who may benefit from the program

Persons who hold a baccalaureate degree in science, or physicians and other heath professionals who desire to pursue teaching or a doctoral degree, may benefit from the program; as well as persons who desire training in nutritional sciences to prepare them for conducting and publishing applied nutrition research.

Course work track

Corequisites 1
NUTR 490Topics in Foods and Food Preparation1
NUTR 504Nutritional Metabolism5
Public Health
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
PHCJ 606Public Health Fundamentals3
Major
NUTR 510Advanced Public Health Nutrition3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
NUTR 527Assessment of Nutritional Status3
NUTR 534Maternal and Child Nutrition3
NUTR 564Contemporary Issues of Vegetarian Diets2
NUTR 605Seminar in Nutrition1
Religion
RELE 534Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)3
Electives
Choose from the following or in consultation with an advisor:5
Obesity and Disordered Eating
Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology
Exercise Nutrition
Topics in Global Nutrition
Grant- and Contract-Proposal Writing
Statistics and research
NUTR 535Research Applications in Nutrition3
NUTR 694Research3
STAT 509General Statistics4
or STAT 521 Biostatistics I
STAT 514Intermediate Statistics for Health-Science Data3
STAT 548Analytical Applications of SAS2
or STAT 549 Analytical Applications of SPSS
Total Units51

Research track

Corequisites
NUTR 490Topics in Foods and Food Preparation1
NUTR 504Nutritional Metabolism5
Public Health
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
PHCJ 606Public Health Fundamentals3
Major
NUTR 510Advanced Public Health Nutrition3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
NUTR 564Contemporary Issues of Vegetarian Diets2
NUTR 605Seminar in Nutrition1
Religion
RELE 534Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)3
Electives
Choose from the following or in consultation with advisor:7
Obesity and Disordered Eating
Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology
Exercise Nutrition
Topics in Global Nutrition
Grant- and Contract-Proposal Writing
Statistics and research
NUTR 539Research Methods in Nutrition2
NUTR 694Research6
STAT 514Intermediate Statistics for Health-Science Data3
STAT 509General Statistics4
or STAT 521 Biostatistics I
STAT 548Analytical Applications of SAS2
or STAT 549 Analytical Applications of SPSS
Thesis
NUTR 695Thesis2
Total Units51
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Courses can be taken concurrently with the M.S. degree program if not previously passed with a B grade or better.

Culminating experience

Included in the culminating experience are a written comprehensive examination prior to the thesis experience, and one publishable paper upon completion of the thesis experience.

Normal time to complete the program

Research Track — 1.33 year (5 academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted

Course work Track — 1.33 year (5 academic quarters)  based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted