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MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS) IN
Human Nutrition

Online

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Human Nutrition is designed to prepare nutrition professionals to practice dietetics at an advanced level and/or to pursue doctoral study. By 2024, a graduate degree in nutrition will be required for those wishing to take the registration examination for dietitians.

  • Program Format

    Online
  • Credit Hours

    30
  • Tuition Per Hour

    $440

Become More Competitive in the Field of Human Nutrition

The program develops research skills, stimulates independent thought and provides up-to-date knowledge in food and nutrition.

Customize your education through specialized tracks that are designed for the registered dietitian but can be completed by a dietetic intern or student with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or another discipline who has met the listed prerequisites. Students may choose one of three tracks: Clinical Nutrition, Community Nutrition or Generalist.

If you are not currently a registered dietitian or do not hold a bachelor’s degree in the field of nutrition, please note that this program does not provide eligibility to sit for the National Registration examination to become a registered dietitian, nor does it provide eligibility to apply to a dietetic internship. Check out our accredited online undergraduate program in Food and Nutrition to start your journey toward becoming a registered dietitian.

  • Application DeadlineJuly 1 for fall admission; December 1 for spring admission; April 15 for summer admission
  • RankingRanked in the top ten for best Master of Nutrition programs by TheBestSchools.org (2019) and top ranked online Master's in Nutrition in the U.S. by GoGrad.org (2016)

Curriculum

The MS in Human Nutrition program consists of 30 credit hours. All students must complete a Capstone experience and choose a curriculum track: Generalist, Community, or Clinical. Please note that courses are subject to change.

  • NHM 555 Maternal and Infant Nutrition or NHM 567 Nutrition Support for the Critically Ill
  • NHM 561 Advanced Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism
  • NHM 562 Metabolism of Energy Nutrients
  • HES 509 Research Methods or NHM 509 Research Methods in Nutrition
  • CHS 525 Biostatistics
  • Five electives (three courses must be designated as NHM)

  • NHM 550 Community Nutrition I
  • NHM 551 Community Nutrition II
  • NHM 555 Maternal and Infant Nutrition
  • NHM 556 Child and Adolescent Nutrition
  • NHM 557 Childhood Obesity or NHM 558 Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
  • HES 509 Research Methods or NHM 509 Research Methods in Nutrition
  • CHS 525 Biostatistics
  • CHS 520 Epidemiology
  • Two electives (one course must be designated as NHM)

  • NHM 561 Advanced Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism
  • NHM 562 Metabolism of Energy Nutrients
  • NHM 557 Childhood Obesity or NHM 558 Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
  • NHM 567 Nutrition Support for the Critically Ill
  • NHM 568 Nutrition for the Older Adult
  • HES 509 Research Methods or NHM 509 Research Methods in Nutrition
  • CHS 525 Biostatistics
  • Three electives (one course must be designated as NHM)

  • NHM 530 Advanced Nutrition Counseling
  • NHM 625 Nutritional Epidemiology
  • HHE 520 Health Behavior
  • HHE 530 Health Promotion Techniques
  • NUR 510 Basic Concepts of Teaching Diabetes Self-Management Techniques
  • NUR 516 Advanced Diabetes Management
  • CHS 520 Basic Epidemiology
  • CSM 537 Developing the Leader Within
  • CSM 575 Entrepreneurship in HES

Electives must be approved by the student′s academic advisor.

The Master of Science in Human Nutrition is a 30 credit-hour program designed to prepare nutrition professionals to practice dietetics at an advanced level and/or pursue doctoral study. The program develops research skills, stimulates independent thought, and provides up-to-date knowledge in food and nutrition. This master’s degree does not provide eligibility to sit for the National Registration examination to become a registered dietitian, nor does it provide eligibility to apply to a dietetic internship. There are three tracks available: Clinical, Community, and Generalist. Students with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or another discipline who have met the listed prerequisites may also apply.

Track Descriptions and Required Courses

The following information outlines the requirements for each track in the MS in Human Nutrition.

Clinical Track

The clinical nutrition competencies developed by the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition were used as a guide to develop the curriculum for the clinical concentration. In this concentration, students will develop advanced competency so they may:

  • Utilize theoretical and skill-based knowledge of nutrition science needed for advanced clinical nutrition practice.
  • Apply advanced clinical nutrition assessment and diagnostic skills.
  • Develop advanced nutrition intervention and monitoring skills.
  • Utilize methodological and analytic skills necessary to acquire, analyze, and apply data to interpret the scientific literature and practice the principles of evidence based medicine.
  • Critically evaluate nutrition research and apply results to practice.
Community Track

The concentration in community nutrition meets the Advanced Practice Guidelines for Community Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition Practice; 3rd ed. Public Health/Community Nutrition Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Association of State Public Health Nutritionists; 2015. In this concentration, students will develop advanced competency so they may:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of biological and physiological processes that affect nutrient needs of individuals and populations across the lifespan.
  • Analyze and interpret data needed to perform the core public health functions of assessment, assurance, and policy development.
  • Develop, implement, sustain, and evaluate systems of care or theory-based programs and interventions (preventive and treatment) for improving the nutritional health of populations.
  • Advocate for policy and environmental supports in both public and private sectors.
  • Utilize cultural competency skills to develop programs and services that are responsive to the cultural, social, linguistic and ethnic diversity of the community.
Generalist Track

Some students are not sure which direction their career in nutrition will take. Students can stipulate no concentration on their application. These students will receive a degree in Human Nutrition without a concentration. We call this track the Generalist Track. This track provides the greatest flexibility when selecting electives. Students will develop advanced competency so they may:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of biological and physiological processes that affect nutrient needs of individuals and populations across the lifespan.
  • Acquire, analyze, and apply data to interpret the scientific literature and practice the principles of evidence based medicine or utilize Best Practices.
  • Critically evaluate nutrition research and apply results to practice.

Electives

Electives must be approved by the student′s academic advisor.

Prior Coursework (Prerequisites)

If you received your bachelor’s degree from a nutrition program accredited by ACEND and received your verification statement, then you are eligible to apply to this program. Before you apply, read the admission requirements below.

If you received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from a program that was not accredited by ACEND you must have completed the coursework listed below. These courses may have different names or numbers at your last institution. Keep in mind that transfer credit is not evaluated until after admission is granted. If you need to complete one or more of these courses prior to applying to the graduate program, you can complete the courses as a post-graduate/undergraduate student at UA.

The following courses should be completed before you apply to the graduate program:

  • *CH 104 Introductory Chemistry + Lab (4 credit hours)
  • *CH 105 Introductory Organic Chemistry + Lab (4 credit hours)
  • *BSC 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 + Lab (4 credit hours)
  • *BSC 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 + Lab (4 credit hours)
  • *BSC 242 Microbiology + Lab (4 credit hours)
  • PY 101 Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • NHM 101 Introduction to Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • NHM 201 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3 credit hours)
  • NHM 253 Food Science (3 credit hours)
  • NHM 361 Nutritional Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • NHM 362 Nutrition at the Cellular Level (3 credit hours)
  • NHM 363 Applied Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • NHM 365 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 (3 credit hours)
  • NHM 441 Nutrition Education (2 credit hours)
  • NHM 442 Nutrition Care Process (1 credit hour)

* Course not offered through distance education at The University of Alabama.

View more information about this program through the University’s catalog.

Admission

Non-degree admission is not allowed.  You must be formally admitted to the program in order to take coursework.

Students with an overall grade point average (GPA) or 3.0 or higher may apply for admission.  Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher in their last 60 hours of coursework may be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term – July 1
Spring Term – December 1
Summer Term – April 15

While being a registered dietitian is not a requirement for entering the master’s program, students should be aware of the laws governing the practice of dietetics in their respective states. Most states require persons who practice dietetics to be a registered dietitian. This master’s degree does not provide eligibility to sit for the registration examination to become a registered dietitian, nor does it provide eligibility to apply for dietetic internships. The on-campus master’s degree provides an opportunity to participate in the coordinated program in dietetics and to become eligible to sit for the registration examination. Additional courses, most of which are available by distance, may be taken to meet the criteria for applying for a dietetic internship.

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