Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences

Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences

Overview

The Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences 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, the Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences 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 healthcare settings.

Distinct Curricular Themes

The program interfaces with the mission of the university in preparing advance level practitioners to serve as faithful and ethical leaders. The Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences can be completed on a part- or full-time basis. The courses are offered in an online learning environment, supplemented with face-to-face virtual meetings and one on-campus intensive weekend course. The curriculum integrates critical thinking, scientific writing, and evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics, which provides a foundation for students to complete a research project in the student’s specific area of interest or practice. Requirements for graduation include successful completion of 30 credits, including a research defense and presentation of a research project.

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.
    • Grant Writing
    • Systems Approach to Obesity
    • Nutrition, Disease, and the Inflammatory State
    • Topics in Nutrition
  • A 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 healthcare literature for application and integration into practice settings.