EMU–Online’s Master of Science in Human Nutrition provides an in-depth study of nutrition based on sound and current scientific evidence. This degree does not lead to the RD credential. The Master of Science in Dietetics is recommended for those seeking the RD credential. Out-of-state students can take EMU–Online courses at Michigan in-state tuition rates.
This degree can enhance your current degree and provide opportunities in health care, business, education and the field of human performance. If you are a registered dietitian, this degree allows you to obtain Continuing Professional Education toward maintaining your credential. If you are not a registered dietitian and plan to counsel individuals or groups regarding dietary intake, the master’s in human nutrition is presently not recommended due to licensure laws (varied by state) requiring the RD credential to perform these duties. The master's in dietetics is recommended.
Number of Credits
30–36 credit hours are required to complete the program depending on the option you select. If there are deficiencies in your undergraduate program of study or if a course needs to be repeated, additional credit hours may be required.
Programs of Study
Taken at EMU or an approved equivalent course at another university.
- Grade of "C" or better
- Anatomy and Physiology (EMU equivalent SPMD 269 or BIO 326)
- Biochemistry (EMU CHEM 351)
- Introduction to Statistics (EMU SOCL 250 or MATH 170)
- Grade of "B" or better
- Principles of Human Nutrition (EMU DTC 202)
- Nutrient Metabolism – Macronutrients (DTC 302)
- Nutrition of the Lifecycle (EMU DTC 372)
- Community Nutrition/Nutrition Therapy III (EMU DTC 430)
- Note: Students who do not have a degree in nutrition or dietetics will need two nutrition courses with a grade of B or above before taking any graduate courses. These prerequisites are sufficient for the required graduate courses for the program. Other graduate-level courses may require different prerequisites.
Required Courses (12 credits)
- DTC 500 Research Design and Methods (3)
- DTC 618 Advanced Topics in Nutrition (3)
- DTC 648 Methods and Strategies for Community-Based Nutrition Services (3)
- MATH 502 Introductory Statistics for Graduate Students (3), HPHP 505 or equivalent
Choose One Option - Required (3–6 credits)
Download the fact sheet [PDF] for description of each option and total credits required for graduation.
- DTC 691, 692, 693 Thesis I, II and III (6)
- DTC 694, 695, 696 Non-Thesis Research I, II and III (6)
- DTC 601 Research Writing Course (3)
Supporting Nutrition and Foods Courses (Minimum of 9 credits)
Can transfer in 12 credits with advisor’s approval, can be equivalent to these
- DTC 509 Nutrition Support (3)
- DTC 518 Interdisciplinary Team Functions (3)
- DTC 591 Supplements for Sports and Exercise (2)
- DTC 538 Outcomes Management (3)
- DTC 504 Sports Nutrition (3)
- DTC 608 Advanced Topics in Foods (3)
- DTC 628 Medical Nutrition Therapy (3)
- DTC 638 Cultural Nutrition and Nutrition Ecology (3)
- DTC 658 Nutrition and Aging (3)
- DTC 659 Development of the Entrepreneurial Dietitian (3)
- DTC 668 Proteins, Lipids, and Carbohydrates (3)
- DTC 669 Vitamins and Minerals (3)
- Various Special Topics/Independent Study (arranged with advisor)
Courses Outside Human Nutrition (Credit varies)
(Not an all inclusive list; work with advisor for options.)
- ACC 646 Financial Management of Non-Profit Organizations (3)
- BIO 570 Biological Aspects of Aging (2)**
- EDLD 611 Introduction to Adult and Continuing Education (3)
- EDPS 600 Human Development (3)
- EDMT 623 Instructional Design and Development of Multimedia Instruction Materials (3)
- GERT 512 Applied Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (3)**
- GERT 688/689 Gerontology Practicum (2–3)**
- LAW 503 Law, Enterprise and Ethics (3)
- MGMT 570 New Venture Creation (3)
- QUAL 549 Problem Solving for Quality Assurance (2)
- QUAL 556 Human Aspects of Continuous Improvement (2)
- QUAL 557 Measuring Customer Satisfaction (2)
- SWRK 553 Ethnicity and Gender Issues Among the Aged (2)**
- SWRK 620 Policy Issues and Older People (3)**
**Required courses for the graduate certificate in gerontology, see the gerontology Web site.
For more information on the thesis, non-thesis research and research writing options, download the fact sheet [pdf].
If part-time study is preferred, you can work with your adviser to determine a program of study.
For More Information
Anahita Mistry, Ph.D.
Eastern Michigan University
318 Marshall Building
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Read more information by downloading the fact sheet [PDF].