About the Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics (MSCMD)

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The Master of Science in Community Medical Dietetics program at Viterbo University is intended to prepare graduates to work as advanced level practitioners and professionals. Through an individualized advanced-level, nutrition-care focus, this program seeks to meet the growing need for advanced level practitioners while instilling an appreciation for interprofessional collaboration and education, along with an appreciation for lifelong learning. This program provides opportunities to achieve expanded roles in health promotion, disease prevention, and nutritional interventions in addition to professional leadership skills. The program prepares graduates with the advanced knowledge and skills to become progressive and innovative leaders in dynamic health care settings.

Distinct Curricular Themes of the MSCMD

An individualized curriculum that offers 18 credits of core requirements plus 12 credits of elective courses, which allows the flexibility to select from a menu of courses that best meets the needs of the individual student to align with their specific professional or personal goals. For example:

  • An individual working with athletes would take the core courses, and select electives such as the following and complete a research project that focuses on athletes.
    • Advanced Sports Nutrition
    • Topics in Nutrition
    • Systems Approach to Obesity
    • Nutrigenomics
  • An individual working in the community might choose electives in the following and complete a research project on interventions for the prevention or treatment of childhood obesity.
    • Systems Approach to Obesity
    • Nutrition, Disease, and the Inflammatory State
    • Topics in Nutrition
  • clinical dietitian might choose to complete a research project surrounding Medical Nutrition Therapy interventions for disease management and select the follow courses:
    • Medical Nutrition Therapy III
    • Nutrition and Cancer
    • Nutrition, Disease, and the Inflammatory State
    • Topics in Nutrition or Nutrigenomics

An emphasis on leadership principles to practice in nutrition and dietetics whether relating to systemic leadership, or the supervisory skills needed to assist with organizational change and transformation.

An evidence-based research model that emphasizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies consistent with master’s level inquiry specific to one’s own practice setting, including competencies in interpretation and critique of scientific health care literature for application and integration into practice settings.

Nutrition Electives

Other Potential Electives


For more program information contact:
Jamie Weber
Assistant Professor
Nutrition and Dietetics

Barb Clark
Administrative Assistant


    For admissions information contact:
    Magy Kellogg
    Director, Graduate Admissions
    Viterbo University
    900 Viterbo Drive
    La Crosse, WI 54601


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