Nutrition Education, M.A.
Graduate Studies

Immaculata has a long tradition of preparing professional leaders in the field of nutrition and health promotion. Different options are available for obtaining a master’s degree in nutrition education depending upon your background and career goals.

All of these program options will enable you to:

  • Obtain in-depth knowledge of nutrient metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, changing nutrition needs throughout the life cycle, and specialized topics in applied nutrition
  • Communicate nutrition information to a variety of audiences, utilizing knowledge of interpersonal communication, program development and implementation, and counseling skills
  • Develop, implement, evaluate and present original research
  • Utilize nutrition literature and resources, integrate nutrition knowledge from a variety of sources, and apply this knowledge to complex, real-world human situations
  • Develop enhanced knowledge and skills to obtain an entry-level position in the field of dietetics (internship option), or advance to higher-level career positions and leadership opportunities in the field of nutrition (R.D. option) or another chosen field (wellness/health promotion option)

To apply for one of these master’s programs, you must hold a bachelor’s degree with the appropriate prerequisite coursework. Prerequisites vary depending on the program option you select. You may be required to take undergraduate courses to meet these admission requirements prior to acceptance into the graduate program.

M.A. in Nutrition Education with Focus on Wellness Promotion

This 45-credit program is designed for individuals from a variety of health and human performance disciplines who wish to add nutrition and wellness counseling expertise to their current professional work. The program provides a foundation in nutrition science, counseling and education skills, and practice-based research, combined with a range of elective course choices.

M.A. in Nutrition Education for the Registered Dietitian (Advanced Dietetics Practice)

This 39-credit program will build upon your R.D. credential by offering you updated nutrition science information and an understanding of human development, as well as opportunities to develop your skills in communication, counseling, and practice-based research. Half of the credits in this program are dedicated to elective courses, allowing you to tailor the program to meet your professional needs and interests.

M.A. in Nutrition Education with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetic Internship

This 48-credit option integrates your academic experience at Immaculata with the medical and dietetic expertise of local healthcare facilities. This internship requires a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice and will help you gain practical experience in clinical dietetics, community nutrition, food service management and many other areas in the field of dietetics. Immaculata’s Dietetic Internship program, accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, includes all of these areas in addition to an emphasis on cultural competence and diversity in dietetics practice.

After successfully completing the Dietetic Internship, you are eligible to take the national registration exam to be a registered dietitian (R.D.), the internationally recognized credential for food and nutrition professionals.

Learn More and Apply

Request information about these programs and apply. For more information, contact:

Sueann Robbins
Director of Graduate Admission

Fax: 484-395-0068

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