The Human Nutrition Program provides a biochemical and physiological study of nutrition and its role in health and disease. Students gain skills 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 doctoral-level programs, including the Doctor of Health Sciences DHSc.
Our student body is diverse and includes leading physicians from various fields and specialties, various allied health care professionals, as well as those seeking to make a career change into nutritionally-based healthcare. We have over two dozen faculty teaching our program that is highly experienced at teaching to this diverse group of students and provides a fertile ground for learning and scholarly interchange. Our faculty members hold Ph.D.'s in biochemistry, advanced degrees in nutrition, and physicians from many fields of medicine. We have created a faculty with a balance of academic and clinical experience to best prepare students for a career in clinical nutrition.
Coursework for the program can be completed in 21 months, if the student takes 2 courses per term/3 terms per year. A comprehensive exam is given approximately 2 months after all coursework is satisfactorily completed, allowing students to complete all requirements for the MS degree in 23 months.
The program supports the acquisition, utilization, and application of nutrition principles in clinical situations.
In addition, the program provides an opportunity for medical, chiropractic, and other healthcare providers to expand their practice through knowledge gained from graduate studies in nutrition.
The program is a graduate-level program and is NOT designed to lead to the registered dietician (RD) designation.
The program provides its graduates with a foundation for entering PhD and DHSc programs in health science.
Comprehensive Final Exam
Following the completion of the core curriculum, all students are required to successfully complete a Comprehensive Examination. The exam is held three times a year, once in the spring, once in the summer, and once in the fall, and is administered online. This exam is a requirement for graduation from the program.
After graduation from the MS program, licensure or certification is available through several individual states or national nutritional organizations. For those considering a diplomate versus an MS degree, it is important to note that certifications and diplomats represent professional recognition. It does not authorize or license an individual to practice, which is a state regulatory function.
Benefits to the MS in Nutrition at University of Bridgeport
- UB has the most established Master’s in Nutrition program in the USA (since 1977).
- We teach clinical nutrition from a functional medicine paradigm providing clinically effective and evidence-based strategies for nutrition practice.
- We embed the concept of bio-individuality and personalized care to offer each client a unique and efficacious plan for their health optimization.
- Faculty members include professors who are seasoned academics and researchers as well as leading clinicians in the field.
- Designers and administrators of the program are practicing clinicians in functional medicine/nutrition with decades of experience.
- UB has a robust and unique College of Health Sciences currently featuring 7 schools/institutes and 16 programs across a wide-span of health care disciplines, one of which is the Nutrition Institute. We also offer dual degree program opportunities for students in other UB graduate health sciences programs. It is the only such program on the east coast to offer such opportunities.
- We feature a unique capstone course, Virtual Clinic, which is the first online clinic experience offered to graduate students in the field. This provides a real case study and clinical management experience and is taught by several different experienced clinicians over a semester.
- The Virtual Clinic is eligible for 255 hours of supervised experience credit towards the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential awarded by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists. UB leads the way in providing this experience to students.
- Our online nutrition degree program offers maximum flexibility to complete your masters degree entirely online. The program is perfectly suited for working professionals or those seeking a career change.