Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences


The Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Sciences is designed to broaden your leadership and critical thinking abilities in community nutrition and sustainability. Candidates must successfully complete 30 credits of coursework and a comprehensive exam as a culminating experience. A research project or thesis may serve as the culminating experience if the student receives approval from a faculty mentor. Required core courses (18 credits) are listed below. The remaining 12 credits will be selected by the student in consultation with an academic advisor to provide an area of specialization that meets the unique career goals of the candidate. For a brief list of possible electives, see reverse side.

Students who do not already have expertise in nutrition must obtain the required foundation knowledge. (See separate page.)

 

 

Programs of Study


Semester I (Fall)

  • FN 700 (3 cr) Collaborative Leadership in Community Development
  • FN 770 (3 cr) Sustainable Food Systems
  • FN 760 (3 cr) Research in Community Nutrition

Total (9 cr)


Semester II (Spring)

  • FN 720 (3 cr) Outcome Based Program Evaluation (Prerequisite: FN700)
  • FN 730 (3 cr) Best Practices in Program Development (Prerequisite: FN 700)
  • FN 751 (3 cr) Recent Advances in Community Nutrition

Total (9 cr)


Semester III (Summer)

  • FN 798 (6cr) Project or
  • FN 799 (6cr) Thesis or
  • Elective (3 cr) Select an elective in your area of specialization
  • Elective (3 cr) Select an elective in your area of specialization

Total (6 cr)


Semester IV (Fall) 

Choose one option from the 3 options listed below

  • Elective (3 cr) Select an elective in your area of specialization
  • Elective (3 cr) Select an elective in your area of specialization

Total (6 cr)

Total 30 credits


Culminating Experience
Select 4 elective courses in your area of specialization
  • Select 4 elective courses in your area of specialization (12 cr) + passing the Comprehensive Exam or
  • FN 798 (6cr) Project + select 2 elective in your area of specialization (6cr)
  • FN 799 (6cr) Thesis + select 2 elective in your area of specialization (6cr)

Possible Electives
At UWSP
  • COL 710 Organization and Program Management
  • COL 740 Grants and Funding for Small Projects
  • Comm 523 Advanced Journalism: Culinary Journalism, The Food & Wines of The World
  • SOC 690 Social Entrepreneurship and Change

The College of Natural Resources (CNR) offers many courses that focus on sustainability. A brief list is included here.

  • NRES 588 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
  • NRES 674 Integrated Resource Management
  • NRES 684 Air, Water, and Land Use Planning
  • NRES 688 Land Use Plan Implementation
  • NRES 689 Applied Urban and Regional Planning Analysis

For a complete listing of courses offered at UWSP, see http://www.uwsp.edu/news/uwspcatalog/course.htm.

Up to 9 graduate credits from other institutions can be transferred in for UWSP credits. Approval from you graduate advisor is required.

Courses below are offered via internet or a hybrid format (part internet part face-to-face):

UW-Stout
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition (FN-613), spring semester, 3 cr., Dr. Charlene Schmidt.
UW-Green Bay
  • Public and Environmental Affairs: Transitioning to Sustainable Communities (683M), 3 cr.
    • Creating resilient communities based on local inputs/outputs to support jobs, housing, transportation, schools, agriculture and city services. 6 wks - runs 6/22-7/31. Phoenix, Laurel E.
UW-La Crosse
  • Cultural Diversity Communication Training (EFN 575, sec 730) 3 cr. Karen Hansen.
    • Theory and practice of communication training for culturally diverse audiences in educational, human service and business settings. Participants will progress through training developmental stages: preparation/research, planning, implementation and assessment.
  • UW-Lax also offers a master's in Community Health Education program in which some courses are offered in hybrid format. Go to http://www.uwlax.edu/sah/hehp/mph.

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