Community, Nutrition, and Health Promotion


Community, Nutrition, and Health PromotionMaster of Science (M.S.)

This specialization 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.

Graduates will attain the knowledge and skills to: 

  • Develop research-based public policies and programs that enhance food security, nutrition, and health in communities
  • Adapt programs to meet food and nutrient needs across the life cycle
  • Apply health behavior theory
  • Conduct needs assessment
  • Develop, implement, and evaluation community-based programs

M.S., Community Nutrition and Health Promotion

Requires the following courses (12 credit hours):

  • NUTR 805 Research Methods (3)
  • NUTR 859 Nutrition: A Focus on Life Stages (3)
  • NUTR 860 Health Behavior Theories and Approaches (3)
  • NUTR 956 Community Nutrition (3)
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Experiential Learning (3)

  • NUTR 857 Classroom and Outreach Experiences in Food and Nutrition (3) and/or NUTR 998 Special Topics in Human Sciences (1-3) -for a total minimum of 3 credits for non-thesis students
  • NUTR 875 or NUTR 975 for students in the Professional Studies in Dietetics specialization (3)
  • NUTR 899 Master's Thesis for research thesis students (3)

Other courses and programs of interest include:

Descriptions of courses within the department can be found online at:  https://catalog.unl.edu/graduate-professional/courses/nutr/.

Total credits required:

  • M.S. Option A: 30 total credit hours, requires research thesis
  • M.S. Option B: 30 total credit hours, non-thesis

Preferred Courses Prior to Admission:

To be successful in the program, the following courses are preferred - consult with your advisor.

  • Two semesters of general chemistry (CHEM 109A General Chemistry I and CHEM 110A General Chemistry II)
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 251/CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry)
  • One semester of biochemistry with lab (BIOC 401/BIOC 401L Elements of Biochemistry or BIOC 431 Biochemistry I: Structure and Metabolism)

Undergraduate Catalog

The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming to all; where each person feels accepted, valued, and safe. To learn more, visit https://cehs.unl.edu/nhs/nhs-deib/.

Careers

  • Breastfeeding Coordinator/Lactation Consultant
  • Certified Health Educator
  • Community Health Director
  • Extension Educator
  • Health and Wellness/Lifestyle Coach
  • Health Promotion Program Educator/Specialist
  • Nutrition Consultant
  • Nutrition Program Coordinator
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Worksite Wellness Program Director

Application to this program

When completing the Office of Graduate Studies online application, select:
Major/Degree: Nutrition and Health Sciences
Specialization: Community Nutrition and Health Promotion

 
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Associated Faculty


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Weiwen Chai Associate Professor

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Virginia Chaidez Associate Professor

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Lisa Franzen-Castle Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor, and Extension Nutrition Specialist

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Sarah Hortman Assistant Professor of Practice

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Georgia Jones Associate Professor, Extension Food Specialist

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Megan S. Kelley Assistant Professor

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Heather Rasmussen

Heather Rasmussen Associate Professor, Professional Studies in Dietetics Program Director

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Linda Young Professor of Practice

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Sabine Zempleni Assistant Professor of Practice

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