Online Nutrition & Health Sciences Specialization in Dietetics, MS | University of Nebraska

Nutrition & Health Sciences Specialization in Dietetics, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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This Masters in Nutrition and Health Sciences program is tailored for credentialed, practicing dietetics professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge in a specific area of dietetics practice or retool for new career opportunities in dietetics practice. It prepares registered dietitians or those eligible to take the registration examination as defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to practice dietetics at an advanced level. Students develop an appreciation for research, are supported for independent thought, and receive up-to-date knowledge in foods, nutrition, and food service business management.Students learn to integrate and apply the principles from the biomedical sciences, human behavior, and management to design and lead effective food and nutrition programs in a variety of settings.

Upon successful completion of the Dietetics program graduates can:

  • Apply cutting-edge information in food, nutrition, food service management, and wellness to enhance dietetics practice.
  • Think independently and critically to evaluate and apply new research concepts and theories to advance the profession of dietetics.
  • Understand public policy and current systems of health care delivery with particular reference to the role of the dietitian.
  • Advance the profession of dietetics by contributing to evidence-based practice.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Applicants not having a relevant bachelor's degree are welcome to apply, but should take prerequisite courses related to their desired area of study before applying.

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Registered Dietitians (RD) credential or be eligible to take the registration examination

  4. Taken the GRE

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

  7. 3 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  9. Resume or vita

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
March 15
Spring Semester
October 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Research Methods3

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Current Trends in Dietetics3

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EDPS 859Statistical Methods3

Course Number: EDPS 859

Computation and interpretation of measures of central position, variability, and correlation; introduction to sampling, probability, and tests of significance. Prerequisites: EDPS 470, 800, 900A, 900B, 900D, 900J, 900K, NUTR 486

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Advanced Nutrition: Nutrigenomics, Nutrigenetics & Advanced Lipid Metabolism in Human Nutrition

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Accounting Concepts & Analysis

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Micronutrients in Human Nutrition

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Nutrition and Physical Activity in Aging

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Maternal and Child Nutrition

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Obesity Across the Lifespan

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Marketing Concepts and Research

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Grant Writing for the Professional

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Foundations of Leadership

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International Nutrition and World Hunger

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Thesis/Comprehensive Paper or Project6

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You may select to complete a thesis under the direction of your major professor and committee OR you may take six additional credit hours from program electives. All students will complete an oral exam. Your thesis problem is preferably a topic related to your dietetics practice, results of which may add to the body of knowledge and support evidence-based dietetics practice.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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