Core Curriculum

The Program start dates are spring and fall only. Please note courses must be taken in sequential order. Campus students are required to take two courses online (M and K) and take all exams online for all courses.


  • Nutr 560A Pathophysiologic Basis of Metabolic Diseases (4 credits)
  • Nutr 560M Evidence Based Nutrition (3 credits) This course must be taken in on-line format for all students.


  • Nutr 560B Biochemistry of Nutrition (4 credits)
  • Nutr 560E Assessment of Nutritional Status (3 credits)


  • Nutr 560C Vitamins and Minerals (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560G Lifelong Healing w/Food (4 credits)


  • Nutr 560D Clinical Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560H Developmental Nutrition (3 credits)


  • Nutr 560I Func. Medicine /Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560F Nutritional Therapeutics (4 credits)


  • Nutr 560K Virtual Clinic (4 credits)  This course must be taken in on-line format for all students.
  • Nutr 560P Botanical Medicine (3 credits)

An elective course is offered for students wishing to pursue doctoral studies which may require a thesis based master’s degree as a pre requisite, but does not count towards the 41 credits required for graduation.

  • Nutr 560J Thesis Research in Nutrition (3 credits)

Course Descriptions

Prerequisite Courses

The M.S. in Human Nutrition program requires the following prerequisite courses to be taken within the last ten years from an accredited institution:

  • Anatomy and Physiology, 6 credits
  • Biochemistry, 4 credits or Organic Chemistry, 8 credits
  • Basic Nutrition, 2 credits

For active clinicians, exceptions to this requirement may be made at the director’s discretion. These courses are offered twice annually in an accelerated format at UB on campus or online. Applicants needing prerequisites should anticipate up to six months to complete them prior to entering the M.S. program.

NUTR 121
Anatomy and Physiology I, II
Study the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organ systems; control systems of the human body; homeostatic mechanisms; and system interrelations.
6 credits

NUTR 122
Introduction to Biological Chemistry
Review basic general chemistry topics including atomic theory, periodic law, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, acids, bases and organic chemistry topics including isomerism, and physiochemical properties of various functional groups. Biochemical properties of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleotides will also be discussed.
4 credits

NUTR 123
Basic Nutrition
In this seminar, learn the basic principles of nutrition, including topics such as classes and sources of nutrients; energy intake and expenditure; dietary standards and guidelines; food labeling and food safety; and the role of macronutrients in the diet.
2 credits

Core Courses

Pathophysiologic Basis of Metabolic Disease
A study of the underlying mechanisms of disease and the complex interrelationships between critical systems including respiratory, urinary, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous and endocrine. Lectures will include fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid and base imbalances, inflammation, hypersensitivity, infection, necrosis, and neoplasms. The influence of various nutrients on systemic function will be stressed. Prerequisite: Anatomy & Physiology I, II.
4 semester hours

Biochemistry of Nutrition
The course reviews the static and dynamic aspects of the biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, hormones and vitamins in the healthy individual. Cations, anions, enzyme kinetics, and integration and control mechanisms of the various metabolic pathways are discussed. Prerequisite 4 credits of Introduction to Biochemistry or 8 credit of Organic Chemistry. Prerequisites Nutr 560A and M
4 semester hours

Vitamins and Minerals
The course covers the basic and clinical aspects of nutrient homeostasis with emphasis on vitamin and mineral metabolism at the cellular and tissue level. Lectures will include specific functions, requirements, sources, assay methods, and effects of deficiencies and excesses of vitamins and minerals. Prerequisite: Nutr 560A, 560M, 560E and 560B.
3 semester hours

Assessment of Nutritional Status
Clinical and laboratory procedures for evaluation of nutrient status, including blood and other tissue analyses, principles of functional assessment, dietary records, questionnaires, case histories, physical examinations, and anthropometric methods are covered extensively.  Prerequisite Nutr 560A, 560M.
3 semester hours

Clinical Biochemistry
The course encapsulates the biochemistry of disorders arising from acid/base imbalance and the abnormal metabolism of the carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, amino acids, nucleic acids, bile pigments, vitamins and hormones. Inherited disorders of metabolism, the role of enzyme performance in prognosis of biochemical dysfunctions and the meaning and interpretations of clinical laboratory findings both traditional and functional are discussed. Prerequisite Nutr 560A , B, C  E, M and G.
3 semester hours

Lifelong Healing with Food
This course will focus on the general knowledge and skills needed to educate nutrition clients about food to facilitate healing. It will cover the landscape of the US food system, menu and recipe planning, multiple food theories, fad and medical diets. Cultural and behavioral perspectives on food and nutrition will be addressed.   Cooking methods, food preparation, and safety will be covered.  Pre-requisite Nutr 560 A B , M and E.
4 semester hours

Developmental Nutrition
Nutritional considerations and health-related concerns throughout the life cycle are explored. Pregnancy, lactation, fetal, infancy, childhood, and adolescent growth and development are addressed in detail, in this context. Also considered is the etiology of nutrition-related disorders of adulthood and the elderly. Prerequisites Nutr 560A, B, C ,M,G and E
3 semester hours

Functional Medicine Nutrition
This course will teach advanced biochemical assessment using critical analysis of client history with clinical testing from a functional medicine perspective. Functional lab testing will be evaluated in detail with case studies. Topics will be relevant to preventative as well as therapeutic  nutrition care. Prerequisites Nutr 560A, B, C, D, E, G.H and M
3 semester hours

Nutritional Therapeutics
This course will include an understanding of the mechanism of action of various nutritional interventions, as well as the role it can play in helping to restore wellness. Students will become familiar with common pharmaceutical treatments, and become aware of possible drug-nutrient interactions, as well as drug-induced nutrient depletions. Students will learn how to incorporate nutrition in a complementary role with conventional treatments. This course will emphasize the importance of incorporating evidence based medicine into nutritional therapeutic decisions. Prerequisites Nutr 560A,B,C,D,E,G,H and M
4 semester hours 

Evidence-Based Nutrition (must be taken in online format)
The course describes the analytical approaches for searching and interpreting clinical research data reported in the literature using evidence based practice with emphasis on the application of those data in clinical practice. Biological variation, experimental design, data and fact differences, matching analysis to design, integrity in analysis, and bias in design and analysis are considered in detail. Prerequisites    None
3 semester hours

Virtual Clinic (must be taken in online format)
This final semester course will incorporate critical thinking and scientific knowledge as you complete 4 monthly modules on clinical management online with different instructors. You will learn key skills in assessment, clinical test analysis, designing treatment plans for specific common health conditions, weight loss strategies and how to effectively start and grow your nutrition practice. Synchronous data technology will be used to help you learn real-time with your classmates and instructors. Prerequisites Nutr 560A,B,C,D,E,G,F,H , I and M.
4 semester hours

Botanical Medicine
A study of the use of herbs in nutritional practice. Lectures include the mechanism of action, pharmacological/toxicological properties, clinical applications, product standardization, and recommended dosage of individual herbs. Prerequisites Nutr 560A, B, C, D, E, G, F, H, I and M.
3 semester hours