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

Course descriptions are located here.

Total credits required:

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

Prerequisites Prior to Admission:

  • Two semesters of general chemistry (CHEM 109 General Chemistry 1, CHEM 110 General Chemistry 2)
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry)
  • One semester of biochemistry with lab (BIOC 321 Biochemistry)
  • Human Physiology with lab (BIOS 213  Human Physiology)

Undergraduate catalog


  • 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


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, Future Education Model Graduate Program Director

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Mary Willis Professor

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Linda Young Professor of Practice, Director of Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program

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Sabine Zempleni Assistant Professor of Practice

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