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The University of Texas at Austin

Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences

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Overview

Nutrition science is a critical area of expertise needed for anyone working in health- or wellness-related fields. The University of Texas at Austin offers an innovative and rigorous online Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree, which brings the on-campus degree to learners worldwide. The knowledge gained through this program of study can be applied to community and nutrition education programs, to corporate health and wellness settings, and current health professional practice. This fully online and accredited graduate program provides core knowledge of advanced human nutrition, combined with specialized knowledge from one of two concentration areas:

  • Biochemical & Functional Nutrition:
    • Nutrition Immunology, Nutrition as Medicine, Nutrition and Cancer, and Nutritigenomics.
  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention:
    • Theory of Nutrition Behavior, Obesity and Energy Balance, Life Cycle Nutrition, and Chronic Disease Prevention.

A Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin allows you to meet your career goals through a flexible degree plan that results in a credential that signifies integrated knowledge across the broad spectrum of nutrition research and practice.

Syllabus

The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree requires 30 credit hours of core and concentration courses. All courses are 3 credit hour courses.

Full Curriculum Breakdown:

  • Core coursework – 15 hours
  • Concentration Coursework – 15 hours

Course coursework includes:

  1. Advanced Nutritional Sciences I: Macronutrient Metabolism
  2. Advanced Nutritional Sciences II: Micronutrient Metabolism
  3. Molecular Nutrition
  4. Experimental Design and Statistics
  5. Advanced Experimental Design and Statistics

Students have the choice to complete 1 of 2 concentrations:

  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention:
    1. Theories of Nutrition Behavior
    2. Nutrition Through the Lifecycle
    3. Energy Balance and Obesity
    4. Disease Prevention
    5. Current Issues in Nutritional Sciences
  • Biochemical & Functional Nutrition:
    1. Nutrition Immunology
    2. Nutrition as Medicine
    3. Nutrition and Cancer
    4. Nutrigenomics
    5. Current Issues in Nutritional Sciences

Students have the choice to complete the program in 1 or 2 years:

  • 1-year track: Four 7-week courses per long semester (two concurrent courses each 7 weeks) and two 7-weeks courses over the summer semester
  • 2-year track: Two 7-week courses per long semester (one course each 7 weeks) and one 7-week course each summer semester

Student Time Expectation:

1-year track: 20-28 hours per week
2-year track: 10-14 hours per week

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