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Division of Food and Nutrition Sciences

The graduate program in Food and Nutrition Sciences leads to a Master of Science in Food and Nutrition Sciences. Students can enter the program one of two ways:

  1. The traditional M.S. program features a multidisciplinary approach to the study of food and nutrition and offers unique opportunities for students to design a program that best complements their career goals. See below for more details.
  2.  The Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program is restricted to students who have at least a bachelor's degree and completed ACEND-accredited coursework requirements (e.g., an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics). 

    For information about the Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program, please follow this link:

    Combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship

About the traditional M.S. program

The master’s program in Food and Nutrition Sciences features a multidisciplinary approach to the study of food and nutrition. Students take required core courses in food and nutrition, as well as additional courses in an approved concentration that most students design themselves to create a unique program. The program’s versatility makes it suitable for a variety of graduate students, including those with limited food or nutrition undergraduate training; those who have an existing registered dietetics credential but wish to obtain an advanced degree; educators who wish to obtain training in food and nutrition; or those who require additional coursework to apply for a dietetics internship.

Graduate students are encouraged to conduct multidisciplinary research in one of our current food and nutrition research areas:

  • Biological functionality of dietary bioactive compounds in age-related pathologies including neurodegeneration and cognitive decline
  • Hormone influence on fat metabolism, body composition and dietary intake, site-specific differences in adipose tissue metabolism
  • Diabetes (conducted in collaboration with the OHIO Diabetes Institute)
  • Effect of dietary and lifestyle behaviors and patterns (including overall diet, physical activity, social network, stress and/or sleep) on cardiovascular and diabetes endpoints
  • Characterization of the quality characteristics of the pawpaw, a local native fruit

Click here for program application requirements.

Graduate Diabetes Certificate

The Division of Food and Nutrition Sciences graduate program houses the graduate diabetes certificate. For more information about this certificate, please follow this link:

Graduate Diabetes Certificate

Food, Nutrition & Related Services Overview

Nutrition is a vast, interesting and important topic that affects all of us. A Food, Nutrition & Related Services Major will give you the chance to learn about the role that diet plays in prevention, development, and treatment of major diseases. You will learn how to critically evaluate food and nutrition information and also how to use research to eat better. The role of food and nutrition plays an integral part of a person's health and development through their entire life cycle.

If you are itching to explore principles of food science and safety, food management and business, and issues of hunger and food insecurity, this is the major for you.

Some classes you may take in this major include: human nutrition, advanced nutrition, community nutrition, life cycle nutrition, introduction to food science, eating through history, nutrition and chronic disease, biochemistry, microbiology, psychology, anatomy and physiology, and statistics.

Some of the concentrations available in this major include: Food, Nutrition & Wellness Studies, Human Nutrition and Foodservice Management. Not all concentrations are available at every school, so research your college thoroughly to make sure they have the classes that most interest you.

Required Skills

Communication skills will play a huge role in this major. You should be comfortable with giving oral presentations, teaching classes, and creating and presenting scientific posters. Part of your coursework will include writing research papers and creating a nutrition education portfolio. Work on your communication skills while in college to prepare yourself for a career that involves a lot of public speaking as well as one-on-one interaction. You will need to constantly research to stay current in your knowledge. As a professional, you will likely be working with diverse people groups so an open mind and patience in explaining your research is necessary.

Many schools will require an internship before you graduate. This will allow you to gain experience in the field before you enter the workforce.

Career

A degree in Food, Nutrition & Related Services will open up a variety of diverse, interesting and fulfilling career options. You may decide to become a Registered Dietitian; in this job you will provide food and nutrition expertise in hospitals, research centers, schools, fitness centers and other settings. You will also have the option to enter into a sales or marketing position for a health or food service, or become a health researcher or writer. Graduates also find work in public health, sports nutrition, or other health food related fields.

Graduates with a degree in food, nutrition, and related services average $37,950 as a starting salary with a mid-career salary of $54,491.

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