Community Nutrition & Health Promotion (with thesis)

Community Nutrition & Health Promotion (with thesis) Master of Science (M.S.)

This area of study involves course work and research in nutrition and health education for consumers and is designed to meet the needs of registered dietitians and certified health educators.

Students in this option are required to engage in research and write a thesis. No specialization is required and the choice of courses is flexible, although the selected course work should reflect the student’s career goals. Students are required to consult with their faculty adviser when choosing courses.


  • Registered Dietitian
  • Certified health educator

Application to this program

When completing the Office of Graduate Studies online application, select Nutrition & Health Sciences (MS); no specialization


Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, consisting of 20 to 24 semester hours of regular courses, and 6 to 10 semester hours of thesis research.

  • Minimum of 15 semester hours, including thesis, must be taken in the student’s major subject (i.e., courses having the prefix NUTR). The remaining work may be in supporting courses.

  • If pursuing a minor, then at least 9 semester hours of supporting courses must be taken in a department or interdepartmental area which offers a minor.

  • Minimum of 8 semester hours, in addition to the thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).

  • Up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit from other accredited institutions may be accepted at the discretion of the student’s Supervisory Committee. Transfer credits without an undergraduate counterpart may be used to fulfill the 8-hour graduate-level only requirement.

Additional requirements depend on which degree option is selected.

Associated Faculty

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Weiwen Chai Associate Professor

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Virginia Chaidez Assistant Professor

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Lisa Franzen-Castle Associate Professor, Extension Nutrition Specialist

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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, Director of Dietetic Internship

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Mary Willis Professor

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Sample Courses