Program Overview / Program of Study

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Program of Study

The Master of Science Degree in Nutrition is a 33-37 semester hour program. The curriculum contains 18 hours of coursework providing the foundation of the science and application of nutrition which includes the research process, study of the essential nutrients and their role in human biology and well-being, nutrition in the lifecycle, education, and the food system. Students can select between the Food and Nutrition Studies and the Didactic Program in Dietetics (MS/DPD) tracks.

The Dietetics track is an ACEND accredited program designed for individuals with a career goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered (NDTR). A Verification Statement will be issued to students graduating with the Dietetics track upon meeting all requirements as stated in the MS/DPD Policies and Procedures Manual. A Verification Statement is required to apply to dietetic internship programs.

The Food and Nutrition Studies track is designed for individuals who are not interested in becoming credentialed in the field of nutrition as an RDN or NDTR. This track focuses on career paths in areas such as nutrition education, the food system, local and organic food industry,
sustainability, community food and nutrition programs, food marketing and communication, the non-profit sector and advocacy, food security, research, and as a foundation for doctoral programs.


Master of Science in Nutrition: Didactic Program In Dietetics (MS/DPD) Track
(37 CREDITS)

Core Courses
FNG 610: RESEARCH METHODS IN FOODS AND NUTRITION (3)
FNG 613: LIFECYCLE NUTRITION (3)
FNG 622: ADVANCED NUTRIENT METABOLISM (3)
FNG 628: NUTRITION & FOOD POLICY (3)
FNG 631: NUTRITION EDUCATION (3)
FNG 646: REGRESSION ANALYSIS (3)

Capstone Courses
FNG 690: CAPSTONE: DIETETICS (3)
FNG 614: MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY I (4)
FNG 615: MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY II (4)
FNG 617/618: FOOD SERVICE MGT I & LAB (4)
FNG 619: FOOD SERVICE MGT II (4)


Master of Science in Nutrition: Food & Nutrition Studies Track
(33 CREDITS)

Core Courses
FNG 610: RESEARCH METHODS IN FOODS AND NUTRITION (3)
FNG 613: LIFECYCLE NUTRITION (3)
FNG 622: ADVANCED NUTRIENT METABOLISM (3)
FNG 628: NUTRITION & FOOD POLICY (3)
FNG 631: NUTRITION EDUCATION (3)
FNG 646: REGRESSION ANALYSIS (3)

Capstone Courses
FNG 685: CAPSTONE: FOOD STUDIES I (3)
FNG 686:CAPSTONE: FOOD STUDIES II (3)

Elective Courses (select 9 hours)
FNG 635: GASTRONOMY (3)
FNG 636: SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS (3)
FNG 656: OBESITY & WEIGHT MGT (3)
FNG 657: COMMUNICATION IN FOOD AND NUTRITION (3)
FNG 658: CULTURAL FOOD PRACTICS (3)
FNG 675: TOPICS IN FOOD, NUTR & DIET (3)

Prerequisite courses for M.S. in Nutrition»

Graduate School Catalogue» with full course descriptions

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Strong Story | Chris Newport

Chris Newport, ’11, earned her Master of Science in Nutrition at Meredith College after completing Meredith's Dietetic Internship program and becoming a Registered Dietitian. As the owner of a sports nutrition and endurance coaching company, Chris pursued her master’s degree in order to more effectively serve her clients and help them reach their fitness goals.

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