Community Nutrition & Health Promotion (without thesis, with minor)

Community Nutrition & Health Promotion (without thesis, with minor)Master of Science (M.S.)

This specialization provides the opportunity to establish competencies in assessing needs along with planning, managing, implementing, and evaluating programs in community nutrition, health education and promotion. It also provides the knowledge and skills required to conduct research in the areas of community nutrition and health promotion. 

  • A thesis is not required in this option.
  • Selection of a minor is required.

Preferred courses prior to admission:

    • CHEM 109 (General Chemistry 1)
    • CHEM 110 (General Chemistry 2)
    • CHEM 251 (Organic Chemistry) + Lab
    • BIOC 321 (Biochemistry) + Lab
    • BIOS 213 (Human Physiology) + Lab
    • NUTR 455 (Nutrient Metabolism)

Application to this program

When completing the Office of Graduate Studies online application, select:

Major/Degree: Nutrition & Health Sciences
Specialization: Community Nutrition & Health Promotion


Degree Requirements

  • Minimum of 36 semester hours of credit in courses representing the major and either one or two minors.

  • If one minor is selected, then a minimum of 18 hours in the major (i.e., courses having the prefix NUTR) and 9 hours in the minor.

  • If two minors are selected, then a minimum of 15 hours in the major (i.e., courses having the prefix NUTR) and 9 hours in each minor.

  • Minimum of 12 semester hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).

  • Select from other courses offered, with approval of the student's Supervisory Committee, to complete degree requirements.

Information on Minors:
ALEC Minor - contact Dr. L.J. McElravy, 143 Filley Hall, 2-8058.

Leadership Education: must complete 4 of 6 listed:

    ALEC 800 Overview of Program Planning (taught online, Fall semester)
    ALEC 805 Advanced Teaching Strategies (taught online, taught on-campus, Fall semester)
    ALEC 810 Environmental Leadership (taught online, Fall semester)
    ALEC 866 Leadership and Diversity in Organizations and Communities (taught on-campus, Spring semester)
    ALEC 877 Leadership and Motivation (taught online, Fall semester)
    ALEC 888 Leadership, Power and Influence (taught on-campus, Spring semester)

EDPS Minor (must earn a B or better in all courses) -contact Dr. Meghan Davidson, 34 TEAC, 2-1482,

    EDPS Minor Options

    Associated Faculty

    Weiwen Chai portrait picture

    Weiwen Chai Associate Professor

    Lisa Franzen-Castle Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist

    Sarah Hortman Assistant Professor of Practice

    Georgia Jones Associate Professor, Extension Food Specialist

    Megan S. Kelley Assistant Professor

    Heather Rasmussen

    Heather Rasmussen Associate Professor, Professional Studies in Dietetics Program Director

    Sample Courses