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Courses in Nutrition and Education

Master's Degree Courses

  • Seminar in Nutrition Education (2 credits)
  • Nutritional Epidemiology (3)
  • Analysis of Current Literature and Research in Nutrition (3)
  • Women, Weight, & Body Image (2) or other elective (2-3)
  • Program Planning, Curriculum Design, or other elective (3)
  • Fieldwork (2) or Dietetic Internship Program
  • Master's Project/Thesis

Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Courses

  • Advanced Nutrition I (3)
  • Advanced Nutrition II (3)
  • Community Nutrition (2)
  • Nutritional Ecology (3)
  • Food, Nutrition, and Behavior (3)
  • Nutrition Care Process & Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3)
  • Nutrition Care Process & Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3)
  • Nutrition and Human Development (3)
  • Research Methods (3)
  • Strategies for Nutrition Education and Health Behavior Change (3)
  • Nutrition Counseling (2)
  • English composition, communications, or equivalent
  • Microbiology without Lab (at any 2-year or 4-year accredited college/university)
  • Cultural Foods with Lab (at Lehman College during the fall semester)
  • Food Science with Lab (at Lehman College during the spring semester)
  • Food Service Management (at Lehman College during summer session #1)

Master's Program Prerequisites

  • Human physiology I & II (2 semesters with labs) OR 2 semesters of biology with labs plus 1 semester of human physiology without lab
  • General/Inorganic chemistry with lab (1 comprehensive semester)
  • Organic chemistry with lab (1 comprehensive semester)
  • Biochemistry without lab (1 comprehensive semester)
  • Basic/Introductory nutrition
  • Statistics
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Master's Degree in Nutrition and Education

In order to be a fully matriculated master's degree candidate, successful completion of several prerequisite courses and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. The prerequisite courses are shown above in the bottom half of the pink-shaded column. These courses will supply you with a foundation upon which to build your master's-level expertise in nutrition. The courses (along with fieldwork and master's thesis/project), within the blue-shaded column, comprise the master's degree. A master's degree in Nutrition and Education consists of roughly 44-47 credits. Full-time students can expect to complete the master's degree in two years. However, the addition of other options, including the DPD and Dietetic Internship Program, will lengthen the time for completion.

Dietetic Internship Program

Should you wish to complete the Teacher's College Dietetic Internship Program (DI Program), which will enable you to become a registered dietitian-nutritionist (RDN), successful completion of prerequisite courses is essential. The prerequisite courses for DI Program eligibility are referred to as the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). As the columns above indicate, there is considerable overlap between master's degree courses and DPD courses (shaded in pink). Specifically, all courses within the pink-shaded column (including the master's degree prerequisite courses), are part of the DPD. Most of the non-master's-degree DPD courses are undergraduate-level courses and may be completed at any 2-year or 4-year accredited college or university, unless otherwise specified.