Nutrition

M.S. in Nutrition


The Master of Science in Nutrition prepares students to assume leadership positions in the nutrition field. The program is designed to enhance professional qualifications as a food and nutrition specialist. Challenging courses for the advanced study of nutrition are provided. The student chooses various electives to complement a core curriculum of nutrition science, research methods, biomedical statistics as well as communication, education and counseling skills. A choice of challenging electives enables students to pursue individual interests. Students also complete a research project as a culminating experience of the degree.

The M.S. in Nutrition program is 36 credits. For students who have completed the LIU Post Dietetic Internship, the department accepts all 14 graduate credits from the Dietetic Internship program. The M.S. in Nutrition is NOT a route to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Applicants who are interested in becoming an RDN should consider our MS/RDN Professional Program.


How to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist 
  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree from a college or university.
  2. Complete an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics and obtain a DPD Verification Statement or complete program specific prerequisites. 
  3. Apply to an ACEND accredited supervised practice program such as a Dietetic Internship (DI) or a Future Graduate Model program.
  4. After completion of an ACEND accredited program, the candidate successfully completes the national credentialing examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

To learn more about how to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist contact the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.).

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited MS/RDN Professional Program at Long Island University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. 


Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Nutrition must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Long Island University Application for Admission
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any accredited college(s) or universities you have attended. Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in major courses.
  • Applicants for admission must have completed the following courses at the undergraduate level: one (1) year of Anatomy and Physiology with labs (8 credits) and at least 12 credits in chemistry (to include General/Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry). In addition, students who have not completed an undergraduate major in nutrition must complete the following undergraduate courses or the equivalent as prerequisites to the M.S. program:

    NTR 100 Concepts in Nutrition
    NTR 101 Contemporary Nutrition Strategies

  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Personal Statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study.

Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

Typical Sequence

M.S. Degree Plan in Nutrition (36 credits)

Below is a typical sequence for students in the MS in Nutrition program since most students are working full time

 

Year One

Fall

Spring

Course Title

Credits

Course Title

Credits

Elective

3

Elective

3

NTR604 Nutrition in the Life Cycle

3

NTR630 Advanced Nutrition Metabolism

3

Total Credits

6

Total Credits

6

 

 

 

 

Year Two

Fall

Spring

Course Title

Credits

Course Title

Credits

Elective

3

Elective

3

NTR626 Advanced Counseling Skills

3

NTR540 Biomedical Statistics

3

Total Credits

6

Total Credits

6

 

 

 

 

Year Three

Fall

Spring

Course Title

Credits

Course Title

Credits

Elective

3

Elective

3

NTR703 Research Methods

3

NTR706 Research Project

3

Total Credits

6

Total Credits

6

Course Description

NTR 501 Principles of Nutritional Science

This course examines the basic principles of nutrition, including a detailed look at the micro and macro nutrients and their application to daily living. For students with no previous nutrition course work. Not applicable to the M.S. degree in Nutrition.
3 credits

NTR 503 Recent Trends in Nutrition

Explores current concepts in nutrition, in particular the relationship of food and health. The role of nutrients is discussed with reference to current research issues. Focus is on developing skills necessary to make healthful food choices and to evaluate current research for validity and clinical application.
Pre-requisite of NTR 101 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 540 Biomedical Statistics

Fundamentals of statistics as applied to medical and biological sciences. Measures of central tendency and variability; theory of sampling; theory of estimation; sample frequency functions; confidence limits; null hypothesis; linear regression and correlation; chi-square test; F-test and analysis of variance; elements of sequential analysis; statistical techniques adapted to laboratory quality control; design of experiments.
3 credits

NTR 541 Computer Application in Health Sciences

Introduction to the use of computers in the various fields of health sciences, including a view of microcomputer use. Review of statistical applications for data analysis is also included. Term project. This course is cross-listed as BMS 541 Computer Applications in Health Sciences.
3 credits

NTR 602 Nutritional Assessment

This course is grounded in the nutrition care process with emphasis on the components of nutritional assessment. Dietary assessment methods including 24-hour recall, food records, food frequency questionnaires, and diet history are critiqued. Other methods germane to evaluating nutritional status are examined including clinical assessment (medical history and physical examination), anthropometric and body composition assessment, and biochemical assessment (laboratory values). Nutritional assessment methods are applied to evaluating nutritional status in both individual and population-based assessment.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 603 Diabetes Management

The pathophysiology, complications and treatment modalities of Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes are explored in this course. In addition, effective methods to educate individuals with diabetes are discussed.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 604 Nutrition in the Life Cycle

Changes in nutrition requirements during the human life cycle are examined, particularly as related to growth, development and aging. Psychosocial aspects of food intake are included. Current understanding of special needs, developmental characteristics and risks or issues common to various age groups are examined.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 605 Nutrition in Geriatrics

Physiological, psychological, environmental and sociological influences on nutrition among older persons. Emphasis on food intake and nutritional status of older persons in institutionalized and community settings. Geriatric field experience is required.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 606 Communication and Education Skills in Nutrition

This course will provide the student with interpersonal skills essential for effective nutrition practice. Addresses notable theoretical frameworks for health/nutrition education programs. Program components including needs assessment, performance objectives, implementation strategies, and evaluation. Includes interventions specific to small group patient education.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 607 Clinical Nutrition

Examines the biochemical and medical background of a wide variety of clinical conditions with specific application to the theory of prevention, the nutritional treatment or management. The procedures followed for the nutritional assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the clients are presented.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 608 Field Experience in Nutrition

On-site clinical experience (75 hours) to be arranged by faculty, considering particular interest of the student.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 is required.
3 credits

NTR 611 Concepts for Nutrition Practice

A course to bridge theory and practice for the dietetic interns as they prepare for clinical practice. Included will be application experiences in medical terminology, charting principles, assessment parameters, and menu preparation. Oral communications and writing guidelines will be reviewed with an emphasis on the integration of computer technology to enhance presentation style.
Co-requisites of NTR 613 and NTR 614 are required.
Only open to DI students.
1 credit

NTR 612 Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition

The specifics of enteral and parenteral nutrition for prevention and treatment of undernutrition. The theoretical components of nutrition support will provide a basis for the recommendation of appropriate feeding regiments for clients.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 613/614 DI Clinical Experience I/II

A 1200-hour supervised practical experience to include responsibilities in the areas of clinical nutrition, food service management and community nutrition. Acceptance into the DI program in nutrition is required.
Fall/Spring, 3 credits each

NTR 615/616 DI Clinical Experience Seminar I/II

A seminar supplementing the clinical experience provided in NTR 613/614.
Co-requisite of NTR 613/614 is required.
Only open to DI students.
Spring, 2 credits each

NTR 617 Weight Control

In-depth review of energy metabolism and the dimensions of obesity, including etiology, appetite regulation, and endocrine factors, various methods of treatment, including behavioral approaches, counseling, and exercise.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 618 Advanced Energy and Exercise

This course will identify the physiological role of the macronutrients in exercise: aerobic and anaerobic; and the energy systems required for physical activity will be reviewed. Nutrition and exercise prescriptions for athletes will be discussed, as well as techniques needed to conduct body composition and fitness testing.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 619 Sports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

To develop a comprehensive understanding of the role nutrients play in athletic training, exercise/recovery and performance. This class is designed to integrate current scientific knowledge of nutrition and sports with the physiology of exercise/training. Examined components will emphasize micronutrients (vitamin/mineral) and water as related to wellness, physical fitness and sports performance. Students learn optimum nutrition requirements for various sports. Exploration of current peer reviewed research will show sport specific improvement trends. Additionally, performance influencing ergogenic aids and their individual efficiency and effectiveness will be addressed.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 620 Eating Disorders I

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention and treatment of eating disorders. The integration of nutritional, medical and psychological treatments in outpatient, day treatment, and inpatient settings will be emphasized. Current research findings will be incorporated into course work throughout the semester.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 621 Eating Disorders II

This course is designed to provide students with a didactic foundation in medical nutrition therapy, nutrition education, and nutrition counseling of patients with eating disorders. The role of the nutritionist in a multidisciplinary treatment team will be emphasized.
Pre-requisite of NTR 620 is required.
3 credits

NTR 622 Eating Disorders: Programs and Treatment

This 3-credit course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. The integration of nutritional, medical and psychological treatments of eating disorders in outpatient, day treatment, and inpatient settings will be emphasized. A didactic foundation in medical nutrition therapy (MNT), nutrition education and nutrition counseling of patients with eating disorders and disordered eating will be provided, with the role of the nutritionist in a multidisciplinary team emphasized.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 625 Renal Nutrition

A study of anatomy, pathophysiology and functions of the human kidneys and the effect of kidney disease on nutrient metabolism. The nutrition assessment and management of various disease of the kidney will be examined. Critical view of research articles will be instituted.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR 626 Advanced Counseling Skills

This course is designed to provide students with a conceptual basis for patient-centered nutrition counseling. Focus on developing non-verbal and verbal skills to understand nutrition-related problems from the patient’s perspective and to engage the patient in problem-solving processes. Skill development progresses from paper and pencil exercises to simulated patient counseling sessions.
Pre-requisite of NTR 100 or equivalent is required.
3 credits

NTR627 Food Service

This course covers the principles of food service operations and management including: a historical introduction to the food service industry, the systems theory of management, menu planning, the operational functions of foodservice management, organizational design, financial management, facilities layout and design and performance improvement. Fundamentals of food safety and sanitation will be covered in depth using ServeSafe® Manager training. This course also utilizes Microsoft® Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) extensively to provide students with understanding of how these basic technologies are used in food hospitality.

2 credits

NTR630 Advanced Nutrition Metabolism

This course will provide a detailed discussion about the study of macronutrients including carbohydrates, fat and protein and their interrelationships in human metabolism as well as the role of vitamins and minerals in human metabolism and health.  A review of recently published research will be incorporated into the course.

3 credits

NTR631 Leadership

This course that will focus on the application of the principles of leadership and management in various professional settings (acute and long-term care, ambulatory care), consultant services and the development of approaches to leadership, debate and disagreement in the practice setting, practice management, negotiation and ethical decision making. These topics will be addressed through debates, simulation, and roleplaying. Course topics will include management ethics, standards of practice, strategic planning, financial and human management, quality improvement, leadership styles, negotiation and team work.

3 credits

NTR632 Public Health Nutrition

This course focuses on current and emerging issues in public health nutrition to address interventions aimed at improvement in populations of diverse cultures and nutrition policy. Course topics will include an overview of global and US public health nutrition goals, malnutrition, nutrient deficiencies, sustainability and obesity around the globe. Throughout the course, nutrition surveillance systems, practices and processes of local and global food markets, global food systems and legislative will be explored. An experimental component in global and public health at the local or global level will be included. 

3 credits

NTR 700 Special Problems in Nutrition

Research problem under the guidance of a member of the department faculty. Students may register only once for this course. One 1 to 3 credits, to be determined with the approval of the Department Chair, the Graduate Committee, and mentor.
Open only to matriculated students.
1 to 3 credits

NTR 703 Research Methods

Provides the students with practical tools for the initiation and development of a research proposal. The scientific approach to problem solving, data collection and analysis.
Pre-requisite of Statistics is required.
3 credits

NTR 704 Clinical Research Thesis

A clinical research project designed to develop and enhance research skills appropriate to the area of specialization chosen for the MS degree. The research data will be obtained from a health care facility, academic setting, business or industry, community program, or clinical research facility. The collected data will be analyzed and a thesis will be written and presented to the department. Open only to matriculated students with approval by the Department Chair, Graduate Committee, and Mentor.
Pre-requisite of NTR 703 is required.
3 credits

NTR 706 Research Project

This course provides another option for successful completion of MS degree in Medical Biology or Nutrition through the completion of a research project and a comprehensive examination in the specialty.
Pre-requisite of NTR 703 is required.
Open only to matriculated students with approval by the Department Chair, Graduate Committee and Mentor.
3 credits

NTR 707 Preparation of Thesis Proposal
NTR 708 Experimental Research Thesis

Open only to matriculated students with approval by the Department Chair, Graduate Committee and Mentor.
Pre-requisite of NTR 703 is required.
3 credits each

Degree Requirements

MS in Nutrition Program

Required Courses

Credits

4 courses, 12 credits

All of the following

 

NTR540 Biomedical Statistics

3

NTR604 Nutrition in the Life Cycle

3

NTR626 Advanced Counseling Skills

3

NTR630 Advanced Nutrition Metabolism**

3

1 course, 3 credits

One of the following

3

NTR703 Research Methods

 

NTR707 Preparation of Thesis Proposal

 

1 course, 3 credits

One of the following

3

NTR704 Clinical Research Thesis

 

NTR706 Research Project

 

NTR708 Experimental Research Thesis

 

18 credits Electives

18

 

 

 

36 Credits Total

Faculty

Laura Feldman, MS, RD, CDN, CDE 

Director, Undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics

Assistant Professor of Nutrition

Department of Diagnostic Health Professions

Long Island University, Post Campus

516-299-4152

Laura.Feldman@liu.edu



Dr. Kathy Isoldi, PhD, RDN, CDN

Associate Professor

Department of Diagnostic Health Professions

Long Island University, Post Campus

516-299-3077

Kathy.isoldi@liu.edu

 


Dr. Deborah Salvatore, DCN, RDN, CDN

Director, Graduate Nutrition Programs

Assistant Professor of Nutrition
Department of Diagnostic Health Professions 

Long Island University, Post Campus
516-299-3224

Deborah.salvatore@liu.edu

CONTACT

School of Health Professions
Margaret Stroehlein, Dean

(516) 299-4053