Nutrition — M.S.
The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in nutrition is offered to meet the specific needs of those who desire advanced training in nutritional sciences. The 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 effective investigative experiences and training for those interested in research careers in academic or industry settings. In addition, the program provides training in basic and applied nutrition for health professionals seeking skills for promoting healthful plant-based diets.
The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 48 units and includes research and a thesis or publishable paper. A written comprehensive examination is required.
Program learning outcomes
By the end of the program, the graduate should be able to:
- Explain physiological and biochemical mechanisms influencing human systems and how food and nutrients impact function;
- Critically evaluate nutritional information based on scientific reasoning;
- Demonstrate the role of vegetarian dietary practices in human health and environmental sustainability;
- Communicate nutritional concepts appropriately to individuals and groups;
- Design, conduct, and interpret research in nutrition.
Educational effectiveness indicators
Indicators of educational effectiveness include successful completion of a comprehensive examination, oral defense of a thesis and submission of the written thesis, or a publishable paper.
- Human nutrition
- General chemistry through organic chemistry
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.
|EPDM 509||Principles of Epidemiology||3|
|PHCJ 606||Public Health Fundamentals||4|
|NUTR 510||Advanced Public Health Nutrition||3|
|NUTR 506||Nutritional Metabolism||3|
|NUTR 517||Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids||4|
|NUTR 518||Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals||4|
|NUTR 564||Contemporary Issues of Vegetarian Diets||2|
|NUTR 605||Seminar in Nutrition||1|
|RELE 534||Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)||3|
|Choose from the following or in consultation with advisor:||6|
|Obesity and Disordered Eating|
|Topics in Global Nutrition|
|Statistics and research|
|NUTR 639||Research Methods in Nutrition||2|
|STAT 521||Biostatistics I 1||4|
|STAT 548||Analytical Applications of SAS and R||2|
Students may take an equivalent statistics course in consultation with advisor.
Included in the culminating experience are a written comprehensive examination, an oral research project defense, and a written thesis or publishable paper.
Normal time to complete the program
1.33 year (five  academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted