Nutritional Sciences M.S.

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Nutritional Sciences M.S.

The Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems offers three graduate programs in nutrition.  Please see below for additional details on each program.

The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences combined with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) at the University of New Hampshire is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The next program review is scheduled for Fall 2019. ACEND is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Dept of Education.

ACEND's phone number is: +1 (800) 877-1600 ext. 5400 
acend@eatright.org
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190 Chicago, IL 60606-6995

https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

 

Program Overview

Master of Science - Thesis Option 

In this program students gain a comprehensive understanding of nutritional science through their coursework and engagement in research. Emphasis is placed on active participation in original hypothesis-­driven research of publishable quality. The program is for students who anticipate a professional career involving research or discovery, with a strong background in the basic biology and chemistry of nutrition. This degree may be most appropriate for students who expect to pursue further advanced study, e.g., additional graduate studies or professional school, after graduation.

Admission Requirements: Students applying for the program will be expected to present recent scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a strong undergraduate background that includes a science foundation appropriate for advanced study in nutritional sciences. 

Master of Science - Combined M.S. with Dietetic Internship Option 

The Master of Science with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) option is designed as a 21-month program, with over 50 credits and 1,400 practicum-based hours of experiential learning. Practicum sites will build entry-level food system, research and nutrition care skills.  Examples of affiliated sites include hospitals, public schools, food service, campus, and Cooperative Extension offices. The MSDI program is designed to meet over 45 practicum-based competencies specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Upon successful completion, students will be issued a Dietetic Internship (DI) verification statement. This verification statement allows graduates to take the national Registered Dietitian (RD) exam. The RD professional designation allows dietetics professionals to work in a variety of clinical and community settings.    

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA which must be maintained throughout the first year of the program. Student will be expected to present recent scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

In order to be considered for admission, students applying for the MSDI program will need to have been enrolled in an accredited undergraduate dietetics program that meets the requirements of the ACEND. Students may apply if they have already completed their undergraduate course work and have already been issued an ACEND Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement by their higher education institution, or they are in the process of completing.  If an applicant is currently enrolled in an undergraduate dietetics program, they will submit a Declaration of Intent that identifies the required remaining courses. In this latter case, a conditional acceptance to the MSDI may be awarded with the understanding that students need to submit the completed ACEND DPD verification statement once issued.

In addition to the UNH Graduate School application, the MSDI requires applications to use the online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS) (portal.dicas.org).  The application must be completed for The University of New Hampshire program by the national due date (typically mid-February).  Students also need to set up an account with the national match service (i.e. D&D Digital Systems).  

MSDI applicants and participants will be required to provide satisfactory and ongoing documentation of health insurance, liability coverage, criminal background checks, drug screens, vaccinations and medical records to meet site specific contractual agreements between UNH and our mentoring partners.

Master of Science - Accelerated B.S./M.S. Option

The accelerated BS/MS is designed for UNH undergraduates who have a demonstrated capacity to engage in upper-level course work and desire hands-on practice and research training for an advanced degree. The M.S. in Nutritional Sciences requires a minimum of 35 credits. Qualified students may complete up to 12 credits at the 800-level during their senior year, earning dual credit toward their B.S. and M.S. degrees. During the fifth year (Sept-May), enrolled students will complete a minimum of 23 additional credits toward the program requirements.

Graduates of the UNH Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutritional Sciences will be valued in the marketplace as they will have a demonstrated capacity to engage in critical and systems thinking, convey and apply nutrition concepts in clinical, research and community settings, work as individuals and in teams, and identify strategies for lifelong learning.

Admission Requirements: UNH students who apply to the BS/MS program must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.  Students must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA.

Contact

Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
Kendall Hall
129 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

M.S. Thesis Option 

The program of study must include a minimum of 30 graduate credits as well as completion of a 6 credit Master's Thesis NUTR 899  based on a research project . Students are required to take two department courses: ANFS 895 Special Topics Introduction to Agriculture, Nutrition and Food System Graduate Studies (to be taken at the earliest opportunity, typically in the initial fall semester of the graduate program); and ANFS 997 Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Seminar (1 cr per semester, to be taken at least twice by MS students).  No more than 4 credits of NUTR 995 Non-thesis Investigations can apply toward the total credit count.  In consultation with the student’s graduate committee and the area of research specialization, other courses will be taken as appropriate. Further, courses will be taken to fulfill expected competency requirements in experimental design and analysis and in scientific writing and communication. 

Each candidate must present at least two seminars (exclusive of the thesis defense) and must serve as a teaching assistant for at least one semester. A thesis committee will be appointed early in the program and will consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty; one of these will be the primary mentor. Students will design a program of study in close consultation with their thesis committee, including their academic courses and scientific research project.  The student's committee may require certain undergraduate courses as part of the graduate program if additional competencies would be beneficial to the student. Candidates will be required to pass an oral examination based on their graduate courses and completed thesis. Skills in communicating scientific information will be fostered by presenting one seminar during each year of enrollment. 

M.S. Combined with Dietetic Internship Option

The MSDI requires that students earn a minimum of 50 credits, reflecting practicum-based learning and related course work in food service, community and clinical experiences.  The majority of competencies integrated into the MSDI reflect those established by the Accreditation Council for Educators of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Students will be required to earn a B- or better in graduate courses to earn credits toward their degree.  

The first year of the MSDI curriculum is comprised primarily of academic course work, including a year-long mentored group research project (NUTR 960 Research Methods in Nutritional Science I & NUTR 961 Research Methods in Nutritional Science II), in which each student experiences the complete research process.  Students in the MSDI will focus on Applied Food Systems Research. The second year of the program includes over 1,400 hours of practicum based learning in a variety of clinical, community and food service operations integrated with curriculum related coursework.

Curriculum and Practicum Sequence
NUTR 809Nutritional Epidemiology4
NUTR 830From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems4
NUTR 855Treatment of Adult Obesity4
NUTR 895Investigations1-4
NUTR 929Introduction to Dietetics: Principles and Practice4
NUTR 931Dietetics: Clinical Theory and Practice6
NUTR 960Research Methods in Nutritional Science I4
NUTR 961Research Methods in Nutritional Science II4
ANFS 997Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Seminar1

M.S. Accelerated B.S./M.S. Option

The BS/MS option requires successful completion of a minimum of 35 graduate credits. There are five core courses that include a year-long research experience (NUTR 960 Research Methods in Nutritional Science I and NUTR 961 Research Methods in Nutritional Science II) during the last year of the student's program. Students will be required to earn a B- or better in graduate courses to earn credits toward their degree.

Required Courses
NUTR 809Nutritional Epidemiology4
NUTR 850Nutritional Biochemistry4
NUTR 851Nutritional Biochemistry of Micronutrients4
NUTR 855Treatment of Adult Obesity4
NUTR 880Critical Issues in Nutrition4
NUTR 960Research Methods in Nutritional Science I4
NUTR 961Research Methods in Nutritional Science II4
ANFS 997Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Seminar1

Explore Program Details

Students who apply to our MS with dietetic internship program will use a combined process completing both the DICAS application and selected materials from our graduate school.  The Graduate application fee is $65.00 for applicants of spring 2019. 

Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetic Internship (MSDI)

Our Purpose: To recruit and educate students who meet the program's admission criteria, and to function as capable, competent entry level dietitians in clinical nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition services. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Dietetic Registration Examination and, when passed, practice as Registered Dietitians.  The MSDI program will span a total of nearly 21 months. For those entering August of 2019 the completion would anticipated for May 2021.  This option will include approximately 50 graduate level credits as well as integrate over 1400 hours of practicum based learning. The first year will be marked by an emphasis of building professional skills through academic coursework; it includes an eight-credit two semester comprehensive research experience, and other graduate level courses that will integrate case studies and simulation, thus expanding knowledge and skills. During the second year there will be extensive opportunities for practicum based learning. 

Our Uniqueness: Because our program enrolls 10 students per year, our interns have the benefit of one-on-one mentorship. This provides individualized attention yet ensures personal interaction with other interns.

Our Focus: Our MSDI focus is Sustainable Food Systems as Drivers of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.  

Our Highlights: Over the past five years, our program enjoys a 96% first-time pass rate for those interns taking the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam.  The UNH MSDI Program prepares the student for an entry-level dietetic position in a hospital, food service, or community setting. Through our program, the student receives a balanced exposure to clinical dietetics and food service, community nutrition, and management. Additionally, there is some exposure to applied research. In addition, our interns:

  • Students will earn a Masters degree.
  • Obtain clinical skills through practical experiences that include:
    • evaluating nutritional status of patients/clients,
    • developing nutrition care plans,
    • assessing the impact that nutrition intervention has on the patient's/client's health, and
    • providing nutrition education to individuals and groups.
  • Participate in community agency rotations that allow interns to assess and document the needs of a specific population group.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to integrate sustainable food systems theory and practice into their professional work. 
  • Learn skills that allow them to assist in the management of at least one aspect of a large food production/delivery system and to manage an entire operation that is smaller in scope, including:
    • human resource management and development,
    • menu planning and production scheduling, and
    • the development and use of specifications in proper procurement procedures.
  • Acquire skills needed to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level dietitian.
  • Develop an awareness of the environment within which dietitians work, including the legal, economic, and political forces that affect the profession. The benefit of active participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is highlighted, and an appreciation for the strength of the dietetic profession is cultivated.

Program Costs - MSDI: We anticipate for the 21-month program with tuition and fees to be approximately $42,500 for in-state and $46,000 for out-of-state.  These estimates include tuition, fees, background checks, etc.  Please see the financial breakdown under the “Program Costs” section of the website.  

GPA Requirement: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 for admission.  If you are matched to the UNH program, then we will work with you for any additional paperwork for the Graduate School. Until matched in the internship, you do not need to apply to the Graduate School at this time.


If you are adding the new UNH MS option to your list of internships for placement consideration, the UNH MS track number is 823.

UNH will NOT be sponsoring an Individualized Supervised Practice Program.

2018-2019 - Last year for our UNH Dietetic Internship with 16 graduate credits (Non-Masters)

Our current non-masters internship is underway but is not actively recruiting for the 2019 internship match since it is being replaced by our Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetic Internship. All information presented regarding the non-masters Dietetic Internship is for our current class of non-masters students, allowing them access to the details of their program.  

Our Purpose: To recruit and educate students who meet the program's admission criteria, and to function as capable, competent entry level dietitians in clinical nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition services. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Dietetic Registration Examination and, when passed, practice as Registered Dietitians.

Our Uniqueness: Because our program enrolls 10 students per year, our interns have the benefit of one-on-one mentorship. This provides individualized attention yet ensures personal interaction with other interns.

Our Focus: With a focus on Health Promotion/Disease Preventionour interns will:

  • actively participate and engage in a variety of food service, community, and clinical affiliations.
  • gain entry level skills to promote health and wellness, provide nutrition
    education, engage in clinical care, and participate in nutrition and dietetics
    program research and assessment.
  • meet competencies in all areas of dietetics.

The University of New Hampshire has a national commitment to sustainability.  The internship integrates sustainability practices throughout the various rotations.

Our Highlights: The UNH MSDI Program prepares the student for an entry-level dietetic position in a hospital, food service, or community setting. Through our program, the student receives a balanced exposure to clinical dietetics and food service, community nutrition, and management. Additionally, there is some exposure to applied research. In addition, our interns:

  • obtain clinical skills through practical experiences that include
    • evaluating nutritional status of patients/clients,
    • developing nutrition care plans,
    • assessing the impact that nutrition intervention has on the patient's/client's health, and
    • providing nutrition education to individuals and groups.
  • participate in community agency rotations that allow interns to assess and document the needs of a specific population group.
  • learn skills that allow them to assist in the management of at least one aspect of a large food production/delivery system and to manage an entire operation that is smaller in scope, including
    • human resource management and development,
    • menu planning and production scheduling, and
    • the development and use of specifications in proper procurement procedures.
  • acquire skills needed to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level dietitian.
  • develop an awareness of the environment within which dietitians work, including the legal, economic, and political forces that affect the profession. The benefit of active participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is highlighted, and an appreciation for the strength of the dietetic profession is cultivated.

Licensure is mandatory for all Registered Dietitians in the state of New Hampshire. For guidelines and the application process, go to Eat Right, An Affiliate of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The University of New Hampshire Dietetic Internship is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312/899-4817).  "The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is recognized by the United States Department of Education and  the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This recognition affirms that ACEND meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs."

 

The UNH Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetic Internship (MSDI) program is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The United States Department of Education recognizes ACEND as an accrediting body.

Website:  https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend
Email:  ACEND@eatright.org
Phone:  800-877-1600, ext. 5400
Mailing Address:  120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

Date of next review: Fall 2019

Open House

MS in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetic Internship Program
December 14, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
UNH Alumni Center, Durham, NH

We invite you to attend our annual UNH Dietetic Internship Open House.   The UNH Dietetic Internship has been granted approval for a Masters of Nutritional Sciences combined with the Dietetic Internship (MSDI). This 21-month program will accept  10 interns each year, starting with the fall semester of 2018.  Come and learn from learns about our internship program. Please contact our internship staff by December 7th.  The Open House details and the form to complete as an attendee can be access using this link: https://colsa.unh.edu/sites/default/files/media/2018/11/open_house2018_0.... If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Celeste Dietterle at celeste.dietterle@unh.edu.

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