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Master of Science: Nutrition and Education

Students working toward the 41- to 47-point Master of Science degree in Nutrition Education have the option of electing courses that will especially prepare them to conduct individual and group counseling and patient education or to provide food and nutrition education in community, school, work site, health care, or mass media settings. 

In addition to the core curriculum in nutrition science, the behavioral aspects of diet, and nutrition education, students are required to take HBSV 5018, Nutrition and human development, and HBSV 5513, Seminar in nutrition education. They are also required to take at least two electives from a variety of other disciplines in keeping with their own goals and their area of specialization. The degree conforms to the guidelines for the training of Nutrition Education Specialists set forth by the Society for Nutrition Education. 

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The Nutrition and Education master's degree prepares graduates to work with individuals, groups and communities in many settings, such as health promotion programs, voluntary health agencies, government and international agencies, businesses, hospitals, and private practice.

The master's degree program also prepares graduates to serve as resource specialists and curriculum developers in schools, businesses, and universities.

Students who pursue this degree are eligible to apply to the Dietetic Internship Program following completion of partial course work for the M.S. and completion of other academic prerequisites.

Several courses for this master's degree may be completed concurrently with the Dietetic Internship Program.

Here are the courses required for the master's degree in Nutrition and Education, plus those required to be eligible to apply to our Dietetic Internship Program to become a Registered Dietitian.

Prerequisites for the M.S.