Nutrition (M.S.)

M.S. in Human Nutrition Offered On Campus and Online

UB’s Master’s in Nutrition distinguishes itself from other master’s programs in its focus on functional medicine and its growing value in the prevention and management of disease. Embedded in the curriculum is the concept of bio-individuality which enables clinicians to be able to provide customized diet and nutrient recommendations that will be effective. This is provided with an evidence-based scientific approach.

The Human Nutrition Program provides a biochemical and physiological study of nutrition and its role in health and disease. Students gain skill in counseling in alternative and complementary medicine using nutritional strategies. The program further explores the role of nutrition as a preventive, adjunctive, alternative strategy for the prevention and amelioration of specific health conditions.
 
The program also provides its graduates with a foundation for entering Ph.D. programs in nutrition.

Program of Study

The Human Nutrition Program consists of foundational courses in human physiology and biochemistry which expand into in-depth learnings on macro and micronutrients, biochemical individuality, human development, functional assessment, and nutritional therapeutics. An integrative and holistic perspective is interwoven with an evidence-based approach to assessing and counseling a client.

Elective courses are also offered and an on campus comprehensive exam is required of all students to fulfill degree requirements.

The program provides this comprehensive study to individuals with busy schedules who would otherwise not be able to complete a graduate program without interrupting their work schedules. The program is accessible to individuals through classes which are held Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. -5 p.m., one weekend each month for 28 months; or through a distance learning format in which the program is offered online.

Admission Requirements

Students are accepted into the nutrition program from science and nonscience backgrounds. Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and all pre requisite course work completed. International students must provide proof of language skills as well as an approved translation of transcripts from universities outside of the U.S. (TOEFL score of 550 or above)

Official undergraduate transcripts and any graduate transcripts and a personal statement are also used to evaluate applicants. The personal statement should be between 250 and 500 words and should explain why the student is interested in pursuing education in the field of clinical nutrition, what professional aspiration he/she has related to the field, and why he/she wants to be a part of the program at U.B. GRE scores are not required.

Flexibility

The Human Nutrition Master’s program provides this comprehensive study to individuals with busy schedules who would otherwise not be able to complete a graduate program without interrupting their work schedules. The program is accessible to individuals through an on-campus program with classes which are held Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., one weekend each month for 28 months, or through a distance learning online format.

Accreditation

The Human Nutrition Master’s program is licensed and accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors Office of Higher Education, while the University of Bridgeport is institutionally accredited through New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Accreditation by ACEND (for dietetics) is not required, since the Master of Science program is not a dietetics training program and does not include a coordinated dietetics internship required for eligibility to take the registration examination for the R.D. credential. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Partial scholarships are awarded in each term for both on-campus and online students. You may request a scholarship application once accepted to the program.

Independent Certification Organizations

Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists, (727) 446-6086, www.cbns.org (CNS credential) – University of Bridgeport’s M.S. in Human Nutrition program fulfills the current academic requirements, and partially fulfills the supervised experience requirements, for the CNS. BCNS requires a graduate degree in the field of nutrition from a regionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1,000 hours of supervised experience. BCNS reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts, and experience to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit www.nutritionspecialist.org. The CNS board has also awarded UB graduates 255 hours towards the 1,000 hours of supervised experience based on their successful completion of UB’s virtual clinic course (Nut 560K)

Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, 1-972-250-2829, www.cncb.org – (CCN credential)

American Clinical Board of Nutrition: (540) 635-8844, conacbn@shentel.net – Offers advanced standing towards their diplomate program (DACBN) to those with professional doctoral degrees who have completed the UB MS nutrition degree. No additional hours of training required as UB’s MS program exceeds the ACBN’S course hour requirements. 

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