Graduate Snapshot - Health Sciences
Description of Program:
A Master of Science degree in health sciences may be pursued with a concentration in dietetics. The program includes course work in advanced nutrition, topics in foods, professional issues in dietetics, management in dietetics settings, research methods, nutrition and disease, nutrigenomics, and geriatric nutrition. In addition to course work, students must plan, conduct and complete a written report on a research project. The prerequisite for admission to this program is the Registered Dietitian credential.
Nutrition and Physical Activity
This 33 credit hour master's program permits students to major in health sciences with a concentration in nutrition and physical activity. This graduate program has been planned for registered dietitians or persons with an undergraduate degree in dietetics, kinesiology or a related area. This program is designed for the student who has an interest in nutrition and its role in physical activity.
An undergraduate degree with a major in dietetics, kinesiology or a related field is required. Courses in nutrition, exercise physiology, anatomy and physiology are prerequisites for admission to the program. Students should also check the prerequisites listed in the catalog for each course required. Thirty-three hours are required for the degree program, including a thesis or directed research on a selected topic in nutrition and physical activity. The degree program can be completed in as few as two academic years, with a maximum of six academic years. This program does not lead to the RD status recognized by the American Dietetic Association; however, students are encouraged to obtain the RD status by completing the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements and applying for a dietetic internship.
For a list of DPD requirements, refer to http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu/dietetics/undergraduate.htm; refer to http://www.eatright.org for a list of all dietetic internships available in the United States.
Degrees Offered: Master of Science in Health Sciences (M.S.)
Concentration: Dietetics, Nutritional and Physical Activity
Program Website: http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu/
Catalog Website: http://www.jmu.edu/gradcatalog/12/programs/healthsciences.html