Oct 17, 2021
Revised Program [Fall 2021]
Advance your knowledge of evidence-based nutrition with superb faculty and gain a competitive edge with the online Master of Science in Human Nutrition. The faculty have years of experience teaching online graduate courses because we were one of the first M.S. in Human Nutrition degrees to be offered online in the U.S. Our accomplished alumni work in health care, education, public health, human performance, business, and many other settings. This degree does not lead to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential, but the Dietetics [M.S.] degree is recommended for those seeking the RDN credential. Out-of-state students receive Michigan resident (in-state) tuition rates for all online EMU courses.
A total of 30-36 graduate-level credit hours are required to complete the M.S. in Human Nutrition program. Total credits are dependent upon the student’s individualized Program of Study. A minimum of 30 credits is required for the thesis option, and a minimum of 36 credits is required for the non-thesis research project or research writing options.
The M.S. in Human Nutrition program achieves its mission through:
- Providing an exceptional distance learning environment;
- Providing student-centered learning opportunities;
- Promoting evidence-based knowledge and skills; and
- Enhancing students’ critical thinking skills by collaborating with faculty to develop and complete research projects and professional publications.
This degree will enhance your current degree and provide opportunities in health care, education, public health, human performance, business, and other related fields. In addition, if you are a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, this degree allows you to obtain Continuing Professional Education toward maintaining your credential.
Human Nutrition Infographic
Human Nutrition Student Handbook
This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.
Graduate School Application
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The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.
For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.
Minimum Graduate School Requirements
A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.
Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:
- Personal Statement for why you are applying for a Master of Science in Human Nutrition
- Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives
Alice Jo Rainville, Ph.D., RD, CHE, SNS, FAND, 335 Marshall, 734.487.0430. firstname.lastname@example.org
Taken at EMU or an approved equivalent course at another university.
A grade of “C” or better in:
- Anatomy and Physiology (EMU equivalent EXSC 269 or BIO 326 )
- Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry (EMU equivalent CHEM 120 ) OR Foundations of Biochemistry (EMU equivalent CHEM 351 )
- Elementary Statistics (EMU equivalent SOCL 250 or STAT 170 )
A grade of “B” or better in:
- Principles of Human Nutrition (EMU equivalent DTC 202 )
- Nutrient Metabolism - Macronutrients (EMU equivalent DTC 302 )
- Nutrition of the Lifecycle (EMU equivalent DTC 372 )
- Community Nutrition/Nutrition Therapy III (EMU equivalent DTC 430W )
Note | Students who do not have a degree in nutrition or dietetics will need two nutrition courses with a grade of B or above before taking any graduate courses.
Degree Requirements: 30-36 hours
A total of 30-36 credit hours are required to complete the program. Total credits are dependent upon the individualized program of study. A minimum of 30 credits are required for the thesis option and a minimum of 36 credits are required for the research project or research writing option. If there are prerequisite deficiencies in your undergraduate degree or if a course needs to be repeated, additional credit hours may be required.
Department Courses: 18-34 hours
Required Courses: 9 hours
- DTC 500 - Research Design and Methods 3 hrs
- DTC 618 - Advanced Topics in Nutrition 3 hrs
- DTC 648 - Methods and Strategies for Community-Based Nutrition Services 3 hrs
Supporting Nutrition and Foods: 3-19 hours
- DTC 504 - Sports Nutrition 3 hrs
- DTC 509 - Nutrition Support 3 hrs
- DTC 518 - Interdisciplinary Team Functions 3 hrs
- DTC 528 - Functional and Integrative Nutrition 3 hrs
- DTC 538 - Outcomes Management 3 hrs
- DTC 602 - Phytonutrients 3 hrs
- DTC 608 - Advanced Topics in Foods 3 hrs
- DTC 628 - Medical Nutrition Therapy 3 hrs
- DTC 638 - Cultural Nutrition and Nutritional Ecology 3 hrs
- DTC 658 - Nutrition and Aging 3 hrs
- DTC 659 - Development of the Entrepreneurial Dietitian 3 hrs
- DTC 668 - Proteins, Lipids and Carbohydrates 3 hrs
- DTC 669 - Vitamins and Minerals 3 hrs
Course options that must be arranged with a program advisor
- DTC 590 - Special Topics 1 hr
- DTC 591 - Special Topics 2 hrs
- DTC 592 - Special Topics 3 hrs
- DTC 597 - Independent Study 1 hr
- DTC 598 - Independent Study 2 hrs
- DTC 599 - Independent Study 3 hrs
- DTC 607 - Colloquium 2 hrs
- DTC 679 - Special Topics 1 hr
- DTC 680 - Special Topics 2 hrs
- DTC 681 - Special Topics 3 hrs
- DTC 683 - Workshop 2 hrs
- DTC 686 - Practicum 1 hr
- DTC 687 - Practicum 2 hrs
- DTC 688 - Practicum 3 hrs
- DTC 689 - Practicum 4 hrs
- DTC 697 - Independent Study 1 hr
- DTC 698 - Independent Study 2 hrs
- DTC 699 - Independent Study 3 hrs
Culminating Experience: 3-6 hours
Select from either Option I, Option II, or Option III
Option I: Thesis
The thesis option involves a research study that is planned, executed, and written in thesis format. This option includes three classes (six credit hours). Each student must have a committee of at least two people; the thesis chair must have a Ph.D. and be an EMU faculty. More specifically, the thesis consists of a research study that requires 5 chapters detailing the study. Statistical analysis is the responsibility of the student. Chapters 1-3 are a proposal of the study, written in Thesis I. Chapter 1 is the introduction, chapter 2 is the review of the literature, and chapter 3 is the methodology (how you will do the study). Thesis II involves data collection and statistical analysis of the data. Chapters 4 (Results) and 5 (Conclusions) are written. Thesis III involves dissemination of the research through a poster presentation or an article in a peer-reviewed journal.
- DTC 691 - Thesis I 2 hrs
- DTC 692 - Thesis II 3 hrs
- DTC 693 - Thesis III 1 hr
Option II: Research
The research option is a three class series (six credit hours) working with one professor on a project that the student and professor agree on. More specifically, you may follow the same format as the thesis without the complicated statistics. You may also choose something completely different. For example, one student has designed a module to train future students on autism. In addition, students are guided toward submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals.
- DTC 694 - Research I 2 hrs
- DTC 695 - Research II 3 hrs
- DTC 696 - Research III 1 hr
Option III: Research Writing
The research writing option is one class (three credit hours) focused on biomedical research writing. Students complete a series of assignments in research writing; complete a newsletter article, and a short manuscript that is distributed electronically to faculty and staff in the School of Health Sciences at the end of the semester.
- DTC 601 - Research Writing 3 hrs
Cognate Courses: 3-19 hours