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MS Nutrition and Dietetics Plan of Study

MS Nutrition and Dietetics
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MS Nutrition and Dietetics


   Program Requirements (39 cr. to be chosen)


      Nutrition & Wellness Core (18 cr. to be chosen)

         EDU 5060   Research and Educational Practice 3 cr.  A focus on the knowledge and skills needed by educators to understand, evaluate, and use research. Critical analysis of the major principles of teaching and classroom learning. Applying research skills to researching and critically analyzing recent trends and traditional theories in the field of education. 
         MIS 5230   Health Care Informatics 2 cr. (Not To Exceed 3 cr.)  Understanding the role of informatics in health care management. Topics include evidenced-based care, management of health delivery systems, health promotion education, and the use of electronic medical records. Emphasis on utilization of data management techniques to improve patient care. Ethical concerns and leadership styles will be addressed. Nursing administration students register for 2 cr.; non-nursing students register for 3 cr. Corequisite for nursing administration students: NUR 5230. 
         NFS 5320   Food Behaviors and Motivations 3 cr.  An examination of the motivations behind consumer food choices and the popularity of current diet trends. Research on motivation and behavior change will be discussed. Includes a practical component where students will modify menus and client food diaries and make meaningful changes to promote a healthy lifestyle. 
         NFS 5870   Sustainable Food Systems 3 cr.  Examines the movement of food from seed to table and the concept of food system sustainability. Participants will explore local and global food systems and food related issues that impact the health of individuals and communities. A special emphasis will be placed on why sustainable food systems are necessary to meet local and global food challenges including food security. Other topics will be covered including how science can be integrated with policy to address issues such as sustainable agriculture, reduced carbon emissions, diverse ecosystems, reduced waste production, social justice and improved quality of life. Experiential learning in sustainable farming will be done on field trips to local agricultural locations. 
         NFS 6350   Obesity and Chronic Disease 3 cr.  An assessment of current research and policy on weight gain and obesity in children and adults. Students will examine the scientific evidence on the causes and consequences of a surplus of body fat. In addition they will examine the success rates of current efforts to reverse obesity levels among different population groups. 
         NUR 5030   Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Gerontology 2 cr. (Not To Exceed 4 cr.)  Exploration of interdisciplinary perspectives on caring for older adults using a system based approach. Topics to be discussed include resource access and allocation, regulatory guidelines and health policy, ethnogeriatrics, nutrition, vulnerabilities with life transitions, psychology of aging, and end of life care. For those electing four semester hours, a field activity is required which includes a 60 hour interdisciplinary team experience. For those electing three or more semester hours, NFS 2220 or NFS 2270 or equivalent is a prerequisite. 

      Dietetics Track (12 cr. to be chosen)

         NFS 5220   Nutrition Assessment 2 cr.  A comprehensive overview of nutrition assessment of patients and clients. Anthropometric, biochemical, physical and diet history data will be collected and interpreted. The topics of the Nutrition Care Process, drug-nutrient interactions, nutrition support and fluid-electrolyte balance will be introduced. Prerequisites: BIO 2250 and NFS 2270. 
         NFS 5250   Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3 cr.  An in-depth study of modified diets and other appropriate interventions for patients with various diseases or conditions (cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, diabetes mellitus, renal diseases) utilizing the Nutrition Care Process and ADIME charting format. The role of diet in prevention of disease will be covered. Prerequisite: NFS 5220. 
         NFS 5420   Medical Nutrition Therapy II 3 cr.  A continuation of Medical Nutrition Therapy I, a study of modified diets and other appropriate interventions for patients with various diseases or conditions (burns, trauma, HIV, AIDS, cancer) utilizing the Nutrition Care Process and ADIME charting format. The role of diet in prevention of disease will be covered. Prerequisite: NFS 5220. 
         NFS 6250   Advanced Human Nutrition 4 cr.  Biochemical principles involved in the metabolism of macro- and micronutrients, as well as the consequences of over and under nutrition. Students will critique current nutrition research and study techniques for assessing basal metabolic rate. Prerequisites: CHM 1610 or CHM 3610; BIO 2250; NFS 2270. 

      Electives (6 cr. to be chosen)


         Org Change Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

            EDU 5710   Change in Educational Organizations 3 cr.  Important components of educational change and collaborative leadership are explored. The course emphasizes methods for fostering analysis and communication necessary for changing standards of practice. A field component encouraging participating as an educational change agent is a vital part of this experience, enabling students to make connections to holistic evaluation, program improvement, and community involvement. Recommended to be taken early in the master’s program. 
            MGT 5400   Organizational Effectiveness and Change Management 3 cr.  An analysis of organizational theories, culture, design, structure, systems, processes, and policies that influence organizational behavior. In addition, theories, methods and practices of organization change and development are introduced as a means of addressing organizational ineffectiveness and maximizing organizational vitality. 

         Management Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

            MGT 5300   Leadership of Organizational Behavior 3 cr.  Introduces students to research-based principles and practices for leading high performance individuals, teams, and organizations (nonprofit, for-profit, health care, and educational). Students learn to de-construct complex organizational dynamics that help and hinder goal achievement and employ critical thinking skills in providing practical applications for enhancing high performance. 
            MGT 5570   Strategic Management 3 cr.  Integration and application of the core disciplines of business to enable students to develop effective decision-making skills. Tools and techniques for developing leadership strategy in view of corporate policy and competing stakeholders’ needs and interests are explored. The case study method, strategic plan development and analysis is applied to a cross-section of firms and corporate entities. 

      Capstone Research Option (3 cr. to be chosen)

         NFS 6950   Capstone Course in Nutrition and Wellness 3 cr.  Using knowledge gained from course work and experiences, students address a current issue related to nutrition and wellness. The capstone course consists of analysis of the scientific and health care literature and completion of an original research or creative project. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 
         NFS 6960   Thesis 3 cr.  Original research on a topic related to nutrition, to be approved by the thesis advisor: a thorough literature review, formulating a research question or hypothesis, detailed description of the research methods, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions. Preparation of the written thesis. Oral presentation and defense of findings to the thesis committee. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 
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