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It’s widely understood that nutrition plays a significant role in health and disease. Many of today’s health challenges – chronic disease, diabetes, obesity and more – can be managed or alleviated through nutrition and lifestyle changes. The old adage “you are what you eat” has never been truer. NUNM’s Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN) program is built around our longstanding philosophy, Food is Medicine, highlighting the benefits of whole, unprocessed foods and individualized diets. Our curriculum is designed to get students out of the classroom and into our state-of-the-art teaching kitchen. By focusing on clinical nutrition, our graduates are trained to plan menus and cook healthy, nutritious meals appropriate for a variety of dietary needs and medical conditions.
Nutrition is a dynamic science with new research findings constantly being published. Our MScN program is evidence-based and integrates nutritional biochemistry and pathophysiology with advanced clinical nutrition education. An active-learning curriculum provides a solid foundation in holistic nutritionist and food systems, complemented by skill training in cooking, teaching and nutritional counseling.
Students learn to match nutritional therapies to basic diagnoses; design individualized meal plans for clients; identify nutrition resources for various environments; and analyze nutrient content of diets to best facilitate dietary changes associated with optimizing health. Our graduates also receive a solid foundation in holistic nutrition and food systems, complemented by skill-training in cooking, teaching and nutrition counseling. They’re prepared to apply their training in a variety of professional settings, from health and nutritional counseling to nutrition research and much more.
Students may choose to complete the program in one or two years, or take it concurrently with another degree program. A unique feature of our program is the ability to customize your MScN curriculum with focused electives, allowing you to study specific areas of your interest. The nutrition focus options include clinical, community, culinary and environmental.
“Helping people become holistically healthy,” Amber Anderson, MScN (’16), talks about her experience at NUNM and learning a holistic approach to nutrition.
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians and nutritionists is a growing field—a field projected to continue to expand in the next decade. Our graduates are providing vital and professional expertise in careers as varied as nutrition consultants and educators and counselors; therapeutic chefs; food and nutrition authors and writers, bloggers. You’ll find our graduates in integrative health centers and schools; non-profits; corporations and small businesses; wellness centers; health food stores and grocery stores…and that’s just for starters. This field is wide open as more people learn about the importance of nutrition. When you receive your online Master of Science in Nutrition degree, you will be highly qualified to launch a career in the growing field of nutrition including:
- Discuss nutritional science and how it impacts human health and metabolism
- Describe the digestion, absorption, distribution and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients
- Explain basic human physiological mechanisms and pathophysiology
- Detail biochemical pathways influenced by macro- and micronutrients
- Correlate nutrition’s influence on disease prevention and risk
- Perform nutritional assessments
- Analyze nutrient content of dietary patterns and facilitate dietary changes associated with optimizing health
- Perform effective nutrition counseling resulting in a client’s successful implementation of lifestyle behavioral changes
- Apply skills in cooking, recipe development and meal planning
- Match nutritional therapies to medical diagnoses
- Design individualized meal plans for clients
- Develop and implement nutrition and cooking curriculum in one-on-one and group settings
- Identify, assess and address the interactions among the many issues associated with nutrition and the community
- Effectively communicate with healthcare practitioners, the scientific community and the general public in written documents and oral presentations
NUNM’s Master of Science in Nutrition program fulfills the current academic requirements for the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS). The Board of Certified Nutrition Specialists (BCNS) requires a graduate degree in the field of nutrition from a regionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1,000 hours of supervised experience. BCNS reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts, and experience to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit NutritionSpecialists.org.