Online Master’s in Nutrition Courses Online

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. Take master’s in Nutrition online courses without having to leave your home, with the Nutrition MS program at University of Bridgeport.

Graduate level prerequisites

Depending on your undergraduate background, you may be required to take up to 9 credits of graduate level prerequisites listed below. All prerequisites are offered through UB and can be completed in one term.

NUTR 560 N Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits)
NUTR 560 U Intro to Biochemistry (3 credits)
NUTR 560 V Nutrition Fundamentals (2 credits)

Core curriculum

Term 1

Course Credits
Nutr 560A
Pathophysiologic Basis of Metabolic Diseases

This course will study the underlying mechanisms of disease and the complex interrelationships between critical systems including respiratory, urinary, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous and endocrine. Concepts will include fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid and base imbalances, inflammation, hypersensitivity, microbiome, infection, necrosis, and neoplasm. The influence of various nutrients on systemic function will be discussed as appropriate. Prerequisites: NUTR 560N, U and V.
4 semester hours

Nutr 560M
Evidence-Based Nutrition

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: NUTR 560N, U and V.
3 semester hours


Term 2

Course Credits
Nutr 560B
Biochemistry of Nutrition

This course addresses the basic chemical and biological principles of living systems, with a focus on the relationship of structure to function, bioenergetics, enzyme kinetics and metabolism. Structures of interest will be amino acids/proteins, nucleic acids/DNA/RNA, lipids and carbohydrates. Prerequisite 4 credits of Introduction to Biochemistry or 8 credit of Organic Chemistry. Prerequisites: Nutr 560A and M.
4 semester hours

Nutr 560E
Assessment of Nutritional Status

This course will give students insight into clinical and laboratory procedures for evaluation of nutrient status, including blood, stool, and other tissue analyses, principles of functional assessment, dietary records, questionnaires, case histories, nutritional physical examinations, and anthropometric methods. Prerequisites: Nutr 560A and M.
3 semester hours


Term 3

Course Credits
Nutr 560C
Vitamins and Minerals

This course will apply the basic sciences to understanding the principles of nutritional science, primarily as it relates to vitamins and minerals. This information will be used to explore the functions of the micronutrients and their roles in health promotion and disease processes. This course will also encourage and stimulate students to pursue information in the field of clinical nutrition and to develop the student’s ability to critically analyze such information. Prerequisites: Nutrition 560A, M, B and E.
3 semester hours

Nutr 560G
Lifelong Healing w/Food

This course focuses on the use of food as medicine in a variety of ways to facilitate health promotion and healing. The course covers the landscape of the US food system, the connection between mood and food, and food safety. The concepts of individualized food prescriptions and special and medical diets will be introduced and explored, including behavioral and cultural perspectives on nutrition planning. Prerequisites Nutr 560A, B, E and M.
4 semester hours


Term 4

Course Credits
Nutr 560D
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. Prerequisites: Nutr 560A, M, B, E, C, and G.
3 semester hours

Nutr 560H
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, M, B, E, C, and G.
3 semester hours


Term 5

Course Credits
Nutr 560F
Nutritional Therapeutics

This course will explore the importance that nutrition has in a multitude of disease states. The role various diets may play in health will be discussed. In addition to diet, other topics will include the importance of hydration, detoxification, and the use of supplements such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and herbal extracts. 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. Prerequisites: Nutr 560A, M, B, E, C, G, D, and H.
4 semester hours

Nutr 560K
Virtual Clinic

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. Prerequisites: Nutr 560A, M, B, E, C, G, D, and H.
4 semester hours


Approximately 2 months after completion of course work

Course Credits
Nutr 600
Comprehensive Exam

This course allows access to the Comprehensive Exam, which assesses students’ mastery of the core curriculum in the MS in Nutrition program. It also provides student access to study guides to aid in preparation for the exam. The exam is available to eligible students for a 24-hour period once per semester. Successful completion of this exam is a requirement for graduation.


Joint programs

Doctor of Chiropractic DC / MS Nutrition dual degree

The joint program allows Chiropractic students to pursue the MS in Nutrition while they are working on the DC degree.


  • Student must be in good academic standing and have a QPR of 2.75 or greater
  • Completion of chiropractic studies 4th semester
  • Apply to MS program 4th semester of UBSC
  • Recommendation of UBSC Director or Associate Director

Advanced standing for PA students

University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant students have the opportunity to earn advanced standing in the MS in Nutrition program for several PA courses. The required core courses in the Nutrition program will be taken after completion of PA program.

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