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NCNM offers a Master of Science in Nutrition degree. The program focuses on diets that are based on whole, unprocessed foods and integrates nutritional biochemistry and pathophysiology with advanced clinical nutrition knowledge. An active-learning curriculum provides a solid foundation in holistic nutrition and food systems, complemented by skill-training in cooking, teaching, and nutritional counseling.
Program of Study
The Master of Science in Nutrition is designed to be completed in one year beginning in the summer term, but may be taken in a nine-month accelerated course of study beginning in the fall. The program consists of 38 required and 15 elective credits. A required 48-hour internship provides practical experience in a student’s field of interest.
The curriculum for the Master of Science in Nutrition program contains two foundational course series: Macronutrient/Micronutrient Nutrition, and Lifecycle Nutrition. These courses provide a broad knowledge base for future practice of nutrition. NCNM brings these courses to life with cooking labs and guest chefs who reinforce the concepts.
The Lifecycle Nutrition series identifies specific nutritional needs throughout various stages of life. These courses prepare graduates to work with clients at any age, predict lifecycle related nutritional deficiencies, and prepare individualized diets that suit babies to elderly people.
The Farm to Table course is an exciting component of the curriculum that consists of field trips to local organic farms, and introduces students to where their food comes from. Working with faculty and guest chefs to develop delicious and healthy fresh new recipes, they will prepare dishes from each farm. This course also evaluates the inequalities in accessibility to food, and environmental sustainability.
Elective courses allow students to specialize their skills and knowledge in specific nutrition related fields. Specialized diets, food allergies, obesity and mindful eating are just a few of the areas of study available through electives.
Other courses will train students in skills necessary for career development. Nutritional Counseling develops skills needed to help clients through behavioral changes required for modifying their diets. Personal Chef and Food Service provide students with the needed background to enter employment in these industries. Technical Writing, Grant-Writing, and Biostatistics are electives that lay the groundwork for those who go on to careers in research.
MScN Graduate Career Paths
The Master of Science in Nutrition program at NCNM will prepare its graduates for a variety of settings including:
- health coaching and nutritional counseling
- serving on integrative health care teams
- personal chef and professional food service consultant
- nutrition research
- health insurance companies
At its essence, this well-rounded program allows nutrition professionals to have a complete toolbox with which to address clients. It also provides them the resource skills to seek and gain additional post-graduate knowledge.