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M.S. in Nutrition Program Curriculum


Students receive a 15-credit-hour core in the fundamentals of nutrition and a 6-credit-hour special project focused on an original individual research question or community-impact project. Students can choose a generalist program of study, exploring many aspects in the field, or they can declare concentrations in sports nutrition, community nutrition, functional nutrition and herbal therapy or professional practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Students enjoy the benefit of a blended, online learning approach and frequent live interactions on campus in this hybrid program. Depending on the chosen track, most of the courses can be taken using web-based technology that allows our students to work with esteemed faculty directly but balance busy schedules or live away from campus. At a minimum, students visit the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus to begin their studies for orientation and again upon completion to present their final projects and meet with faculty members prior to graduation. In some concentrations, students may also attend classes face to face.

The program curriculum offers a lot of student autonomy and flexibility to suit individual interests. A maximum of 6-credits each term is required for full-time status, and students may take up to six years to complete the program.

The program allows students from varied disciplines and professional backgrounds to gain common knowledge and practical skills in nutrition and to apply innovative concepts within their own area of influence. Students explore various components including contemporary research; evidence-based practice; therapeutic concepts with diet; nutrition’s relationship to health and disease; programmatic approaches in populations; and emerging topics, such as genetic applications and plant-based eating patterns.

Program Mission

The mission of the Master of Science in Nutrition degree program is to develop a cadre of interprofessional nutrition and dietetics leaders for a global society that will have the knowledge and skills to respond to a dynamic and changing system of care.

The program will emphasize:

  • Interprofessional role of nutrition in health services and sports
  • Future models of primary care and the role of nutrition throughout the life-course
  • Health promotion/disease prevention and the achievement of optimal wellness 
  • Use of technology in education and nutrition care
  • Current and emerging issues in nutrition in a global society 
  • Cultural competence and health disparities critical to nutrition care for all ages

Core Courses

NUT 5120 - Nutrition Advocacy and Interprofessional Leadership

NUT 5130 - Nutrition Counseling 

NUT 5200 - Nutritional Biochemistry

NUT 6200 - Evidence-based Outcomes Research in Nutrition

NUT 6400 - Nutritional Assessment and Medical Nutrition Therapy 

NUT 6800 - Special Project I (Individual community-based or research project led by student)

NUT 6801 - Special Project II 

In addition to 7 required courses, students may choose a generalist course of study (21 elective credits) or optional concentrations in community nutrition, sports nutrition, or functional nutrition and herbal therapy to complete the degree requirements.

Optional Concentrations Effective Fall 2019

Community Nutrition (21 Credits)

NUT 5025 - Nutrition Across the Life Span

NUT 5100 - World Culture, Food and Nutrition

NUT 5110 - Foundations of Community Nutrition

NUT 5400 - Psychology of Eating

NUT 5600 - Models of Health Behavior

Plus 2 additional Elective Courses


Sports Nutrition (21 Credits)

NUT 5050 - Nutrition and Exercise Performance 

NUT 5060 - Strength and Conditioning for Nutrition Professionals

NUT 6105 - Wellness and Healthy Weight

NUT 6700 - Advanced Sports Nutrition

NUT 6750 - Dietary and Sports Supplements

Plus 2 additional Elective Courses


Functional Nutrition and Herbal Therapy (21 credits) 

NUT 5075 - Advanced Practice Principles of Functional Nutrition and Herbal Therapy

NUT 5305 - Clinical Approach to Functional Nutrition 1: Gastrointestinal Systems

NUT 5315 - Clinical Approach to Functional Nutrition 2: Endocrine, Immune and Nervous Systems

NUT 5325 - Clinical Approach to Functional Nutrition 3: Cardiovascular and Musculoskeletal Systems

Plus 2 additional Elective Courses


A Sampling of Elective Courses:

MI 5200 - Survey of Biomedical Informatics

NUT 5025 - Nutrition Across the Lifespan

NUT 5030 - Food Policy

NUT 5110 - Foundations of Community Nutrition

NUT 5140 - Nutrition in Aging

NUT 5400 - Psychology of Eating

NUT 5600 - Models of Health Behavior

NUT 5700 - Vegetarian and Plant-based Eating Patterns

NUT 6900 - Special Topics Courses: Obesity, Genomics, Technology Applications

NUT 6915 - Independent Study

PUH 5513 - Public Health Nutrition

PUH 5430 - Epidemiology


Looking for Professional Practice Concentration?

The Department of Nutrition is proud to be recognized as a demonstration program for the Future Education Model Graduate programs and has received Candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Please visit our dedicated page for more information.

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