MS in Nutrition and Health Sciences

The MS degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences has the following specializations available: 

Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition Specialization, 30 credits

With a focus on Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition research, this specialization is designed for students seeking careers in academia and industry as nutritional specialists.

Program contact:

Sathish Kumar Natarajan Assistant Professor

Community Nutrition and Health Promotion Specialization, 30 credits

Prepares students for careers in Extension and community health as well as those that provide community food and nutrition services for children, families, and older adults.

Program contact:

Sarah Hortman Assistant Professor of Practice


Provides didactic and supervised experiential learning during a 16-month period while preparing graduates for entry-level positions in the dietetic profession. This specialization culminates in a graduate degree and verification statement leading to the ability to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Program contact:

Heather Rasmussen

Heather Rasmussen Interim Department Chair, Associate Professor, Professional Studies in Dietetics Program Director

For individuals who are already Registered Dietitians. This specialization teaches students to think independently and critically to evaluate and apply new research concepts and theories for career advancement. 

Program contact:

Sarah Hortman Assistant Professor of Practice

Hospitality Management Specialization, 30 credits

Provides a combination of coursework and experiential learning to prepare students to become administrators and entrepreneurs within the hospitality industry. 

Program contact:

Kristin Malek Assistant Professor, Event Management Extension Specialist

Nutrition and Exercise Specialization, 30 credits

Students will acquire core competencies in nutrition, exercise, research design, and statistics.

Program contact:

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Shinya Takahashi Associate Professor of Practice, Associate Department Chair, CEHS Academic Program Lead

Nutrition and Health Sciences Specialization, 30 credits

Students can tailor this program to their interests. Click here to view a listing of sample courses:

Program contact:

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Weiwen Chai Associate Professor