You will gain the expertise needed to be competitive professionally within the area of community nutrition. Sustainable food systems and community development knowledge and skills are increasingly essential to solving the health and nutrition problems in our populations. Professionals entering this field must be skilled in examining the food system, program planning and evaluation, community development, and leadership, and grant writing.
Our 30-credit M.S. degree can be completed in 18 months, while a
2-day/week-class schedule can accommodate working students. Depending
upon personal goals, students may choose to complete either a thesis or
project option. Limited enrollment allows our faculty to provide
personal attention in helping you plan your individual career goals.
The Nutritional Science and Dietetics Unit is within the School of Health Promotion & Human Development
whose mission is to train professionals who will create healthy living
environments in communities throughout Wisconsin and the nation and
whose motto is "a legacy of caring".
Who is the program designed for?
The program is designed with the professional needs of the following in mind:
- Students interested in pursuing careers in community nutrition;
public health; community development, planning and design; or other
areas in which knowledge and skills in leadership and sustainability are
- Professionals currently working in community health and development
settings who wish to gain expertise in food/nutrition and sustainability
(environmental, agricultural, societal and economic sustainability are
directly related to the health and wellbeing of the community)
- Registered Dietitians or other professionals currently working in a
nutrition/health area may use the degree for career enhancement or
professional development related to helping communities solve their food
and nutrition problems
Our master's degree program will open doors to a wide variety of careers in:
- federal agencies that create national nutrition and health policy (CDC, FDA, USDA)
- state and local agencies (Wisconsin Dept. of Health, Supplemental Food Programs, Dept. of Agriculture)
- nonprofit organizations (Farmer's markets, Community Supported Agriculture)
- urban planning and development, community development corporations (supermarket development, new farm enterprises)
- healthcare settings
- private practice
- education (Universities and colleges, Cooperative Extension, technical schools, cooking schools)
- nutrition programming in schools, fitness facilities, or health spas
- corporate wellness