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MS Nutrition Curriculum

This degree program offers two options. For those pursuing the thesis option, 30 semester hours of a planned program of study are required, including six to nine semester hours of research, as well as a final oral defense of the thesis. The non-thesis option requires 30 semester hours and a final written, comprehensive examination.

All candidates are required to take 18 semester hours of nutrition, including seven hours of advanced human nutrition. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue complementary studies in the biomedical, social and behavioral sciences. The plan of study may vary considerably depending on the education, goals and specific interests of each student. Students may elect to focus on nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, and molecular nutrition. The individual program also may be planned to fulfill the academic requirements for dietetic registration (Didactic Program in Dietetics).

MS in Public Health Nutrition Internship Program

The primary goal of this program is to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) for employment in public health or community agencies. A minimum of 31 semester hours of combined academic work and supervised practice is required to earn the degree. Supervised practice is concurrent with coursework utilizing local agencies for translation of theory and science into practice. The program includes a ten week experience in an out of state public health agency that has a strong nutrition program.

In addition to the public health nutrition curriculum, students may elect to complete a certificate in Maternal and Child Nutrition or Gerontology. Specialty certificates may require completion of additional coursework. If a certificate program is selected, supervised practice will be geared toward the specific population group.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). This program is a non-thesis program of study.

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
 First YearFallSpringSummer
NTRN 516 Seminar in Dietetics 4    
NTRN 528 Introduction to Public Health Nutrition 3    
NTRN 529 Nutritional Epidemiology 3    
NTRN 440 Nutrition for the Aging and Aged 3    
NTRN 530 Public Health Nutrition   3  
Electives Any NTRN 400, 500 or 600 level courses and/or graduate course in basic science or social science   3  
NTRN 531 Public Health Nutrition Field Experience   3  
NTRN 531 Public Health Nutrition Field Experience     3
Year Total:    13

 

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
 Second YearFall
NTRN 436 Pediatric Nutrition 3
NTRN 531 Public Health Nutrition Field Experience 3
Year Total:   6
Total Units in Sequence:    31

Gerontology Certificate Requirements

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
NTRN 440 Nutrition for the Aging and Aged 3
GERO 498 Seminar in Gerontological Studies 3
NTRN 532C Specialized Public Health Nutrition Field Experience 3
Elective One Gerontology Elective 3
Total Units in Sequence:    12

Combined Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program

The Combined Dietetic Internship/Master’s Degree Program combines academic work with clinical practice at a dietetic internship at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, or the Cleveland Clinic. A minimum of 27 semester hours is required. Admission is contingent on the student being selected and matched to one of the hospitals' dietetic internship programs. Appointment to these internships follows the admission procedure outlined by the Accreditation Council for education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Coursework is planned individually with the student's academic advisor. This program is a non-thesis program of study.

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
 First YearFallSpring
NTRN 516 Seminar in Dietetics 4 -
NTRN 561 Investigative Methods in Nutrition 3 -
NTRN 517 Seminar in Dietetics II - 4
Electives Any NTRN 400, 500 or 600 level courses and/or graduate course in basic science or social science - 3
Year Total:   7 7
 Second YearFallSpring
Electives Any NTRN 400, 500 or 600 level courses and/or graduate course in basic science or social science 13 -
Year Total:   13 -
Total Units in Sequence:      27

Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Nutrition Dual Degree Program

This is a dual degree program that is offered jointly by the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Nutrition. The core Master Degree courses include a mixture of those from nutrition, biochemistry and public health.

The trained graduate could be employed in a wide variety of settings, including (but not limited to) local, state, national, or global public policy, governmental public health, hospital outreach, community-based health non-profit organizations, health organizations, research projects; or the Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, these graduates could serve as health emissaries to foreign countries regarding nutrition, sufficient food supply, sanitary environment, food safety, oral rehydration, or the advisability of food supplements.

The MPH/Nutrition dual degree is envisioned with students able to apply for either degree, then later join the other; or apply directly for the joint degree. Both the MPH and MS programs confer degrees through the School of Graduate Studies and as such are subject to Graduate Studies rules and procedures. Both programs are housed in the School of Medicine. This program is a non-thesis program of study.

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
 First YearFallSpring
BIOC 407 Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science 4  -
MPHP 406 History and Philosophy of Public Health 3  -
MPHP 483 Introduction to Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 3  -
MPHP 403 Research & Evaluation Methods 3  -
BIOC 408 Molecular Biology 4
MPHP 429 Introduction to Environmental Health - 3
MPHP 405 Statistical Methods in Public Health - 3
MPHP 439 Public Health Management and Policy - 3
Year Total:   13 13
 Second YearFallSpring
NTRN 433 Advanced Human Nutrition I 4 -
MPHP 411 Introduction to Health Behavior 3 -
NTRN  NTRN Elective 3 -
NTRN 434 Advanced Human Nutrition II - 3
MPHP 650 Public Health Practicum - 3
MPHP Public Health Major Elective - 3
Year Total:    10 9
 Third YearFallSpring
NTRN 452 Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism 3 -
MPHP 652 Public Health Capstone Experience 3 -
NTRN NTRN Elective 3 -
NTRN NTRN Elective - 3
MPHP 652 Public Health Capstone Experience - 3
EXAM 600 Master's Comprehensive Exam - 1
Years Total:   9 7
Total Units in Sequence:      61

MD/MS Biomedical Investigation - Nutrition Track

For Admissions and MD requirements, see the MD Dual Degree Programs section. This track is designed to provide medical students with more in-depth knowledge and research experience in nutrition. Students may elect to focus on nutrition biochemistry and metabolism or molecular nutrition or clinical nutrition. The student’s mentor or the Graduate Program Director will assist the student in selecting the appropriate courses for their interests.

Students in Nutrition must complete:

Course NumberCourse DescriptionCredits
NTRN 551 Seminar in Advanced Nutrition 1
NTRN 601 Special Problems 1 - 18
IBIS 600 Exam in Biomedical Investigation 0
And 9-10 credits or three courses from those listed below:
NTRN 433 Advanced Human Nutrition I 4
NTRN 434 Advanced Human Nutrition II 3
NTRN 435 Maternal and Child Nutrition 3
NTRN 437 Evaluation of Nutrition Information for Consumers 3
NTRN 438 Dietary Supplements 3
NTRN 440 Nutrition for the Aging and Aged 3
NTRN 452 Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism 3
NTRN 454 Isotope Tracer Methodology 3
NTRN 455 Molecular Nutrition 3
NTRN 460 Sports Nutrition 3
NTRN 530 Public Health Nutrition 3
NTRN 533 Nutritional Care of Neonate 3