The Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences is a 30-credit online program offering a strong foundation in evidence-based advanced practice, with a focus on leadership in various nutrition practice settings including clinical, research, community, and management.
To earn this degree, you must successfully complete 30 credits with a minimum of 9 credits of 500-level course work. All students must enroll in NUTR 560 Capstone Project in Nutritional Sciences and successfully complete the Capstone Project in order to earn the MPS degree.
Most students will complete the degree program in two years.
Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences
|Advanced Nutrient Metabolism||NUTR 505||Integration of biochemical, physiological, and hormonal processes involved in nutrient metabolism and function in humans.||4 credits|
|Research Methods||NUTR 540||Review of different studies that utilize various nutrition research designs and data analyses.
Prerequisite: NUTR 850, STAT 500
|Capstone Project in Nutritional Sciences||NUTR 560||Completion of a capstone project involving research and application of leadership principles in nutrition practice.
Prerequisite: NUTR 540, NUTR 850
|Leadership in the Nutrition Profession||NUTR 801||Development of the skills necessary for effective leadership within the field of nutrition.||1 credit|
|Nutritional Assessment and Diagnosis||NUTR 810||Evaluation of assessment methods and interpretation of results to assess and diagnose nutritional status of individuals and groups.||3 credits|
|Advanced Clinical Nutrition||NUTR 820||Advanced study of acute and chronic illnesses and conditions and how these events influence the nutritional needs of patients.||3 credits|
|Advanced Community Nutrition and Education||NUTR 830||Application of relevant theories, models, and strategies designed to disseminate nutrition information with a focus on voluntary behavior change.||3 credits|
|Advanced Nutrition Counseling||NUTR 840||Application of theories and counseling techniques to the nutrition care process in different practice settings with diverse patients/clients.||3 credits|
|Leadership Concepts and Application for the Nutrition Profession||NUTR 850||Exploration and application of concepts essential to effective leadership within the nutrition profession.
Prerequisite: NUTR 801
|Applied Statistics||STAT 500||Descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, power, estimation, confidence intervals, regression, one- and 2-way ANOVA, Chi-square tests, diagnostics.
Prerequisite: one undergraduate course in statistics
See course start and end periods and semesters offered on the Penn State World Campus student resources website.