Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

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UNE Online offers this 36-credit Master of Science in Applied Nutrition 100% online with timely, relevant classes and optional focus areas for professionals looking to advance their careers.

All students take the six core courses of the curriculum, and then each student is able to select their own five electives plus one capstone, to complete the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition degree. This flexible offering allows you to customize your course plan based on your specific career goals. We have developed our Master of Science in Applied Nutrition to allow full customization based on your personal goals, with three optional focus areas:

  1. Business, Social Media, & Entrepreneurship
  2. Obesity and Health Promotion
  3. Nutrition and Disease Prevention
  4. Customize your degree plan

Note: Please review the UNE Academic Catalog for the full and most up-to-date course descriptions and program information.

Curriculum

Required core courses

APN 601 – Trends and Issues in Nutrition and Global Food Systems

Current trends and issues relating to nutrition, food, and food products will be examined. Global food systems and trends will be explored as well as socio-cultural and socioeconomic impacts on food behaviors and health will be discussed. Students will apply course concepts to their practice and/or area of study and expertise.

APN 605 - Nutrition Across the Lifespan

Nutrition requirements and metabolism from preconception through older adulthood will be examined. The impacts and effects of culture, environment, economy and mental and physical health on nutrition status across the life cycle are explored. Metabolism of macronutrients, nutrition assessment methodologies, and specific concerns for each life cycle stage will be emphasized.

APN 610 - Research Methods

Research methods and research design commonly used in nutrition research will be examined. Professional presentation of research findings will be emphasized.

APN 615 - Nutrition and Metabolism

The metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water and the biological and physiological actions of these nutrients will be examined.

APN 620 - Nutrition Education and Health Behavior Change

Health behavior theories and practices utilized to facilitate healthful behavior change in a variety of nutrition education, counseling, and clinical settings will be examined. The design and evaluation of nutrition counseling and education practices will also be explored.

APN 625 - Nutrition Practice for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Prerequisite 605)

Nutrition and health promotion and the role of nutrition in disease prevention will be examined. Students will develop a practical approach to explore or address health promotion and disease prevention for a target population.

Please note: Matriculating students must complete APN 601 and APN 605 first in the sequence before proceeding into subsequent coursework.

Elective courses

Choose any five 3-credit courses from the focus areas below, for a total of 15 credits, to complete your Master of Science in Applied Nutrition.

Capstone

Complete one Capstone course, either APN 725 or APN 755.


Focus Areas

Focus area: Business, Social Media, & Entrepreneurship

Students selecting this focus area will develop skills in and an understanding of the business of nutrition and the supporting of entrepreneurial nutrition-related start-ups with social media and marketing skills. Individuals selecting this degree focus area might have prior knowledge or experience in nutrition, wellness, food service, business, communication, or exercise science and be interested in a career in nutrition and wellness-related online and retail business, non-profits, and new business ventures.

Course Descriptions

APN 701 – Nutrition, Wellness, and Multimedia Communication

Strategic use of multimedia communications tools in the nutrition and wellness industry will be examined. Theories of mass communication, including contemporary perspectives and their application to current nutrition and wellness practice will also be emphasized.

APN 705 - Online Research and Advanced Research Methods

Conducting online research and advanced research methods will be examined. Appropriate use of qualitative and quantitative research designs, methodology, data collection, and analyses will be emphasized.

APN 710 - Media and Ethics in Nutrition

Media organizations, their audiences and the ethics of advertising will be examined. Best-practices, transparency, and risk mediation in advertising will be explored.

APN 715 - Measuring Social Media Impact

Social media metrics used to inform marketing campaigns and budgeting decisions will be explored. Analyzing social media metrics and developing strategies for viable advertising and social media campaigns concerning nutrition and wellness will be emphasized.

APN 720 - Nutrition Branding Using Social Media

Branding strategies and Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) plans will be examined. Strategies to maximize the impact of social media on branding efforts, IMC analysis and approaches to increasing efficacy will be explored.

APN 725 - Entrepreneurship and Business Development

Small business development in the nutrition and wellness industry will be examined. Strategic decision making and leadership will be emphasized. This capstone course will culminate in a business plan, feasibility study, market analysis report or other project or work-product approved by the Instructor.

*Please review the UNE Academic Catalog for the full and most up-to-date course descriptions and program information


Focus area: Obesity and Health Promotion

Students selecting this focus area will develop skills in and an understanding of the cultural, environmental, psychosocial, physical, and economic factors associated with obesity and how to work toward the alleviation of the impact of obesity in communities and individuals. Individuals selecting this focus area might have prior knowledge or experience in nutrition, health-related professions, dietetics, wellness, health promotion, psychology, or exercise science and be interested in a career in school nutrition, wellness coaching, weight management services, research, and community programs related to obesity.

Course Descriptions

APN 730 - Medical Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition principles, clinical nutrition assessment, nutrition support in the treatment and prevention of disease and the development, use, and monitoring of therapeutic diets will all be examined.

APN 735 - Nutrition Leadership, Community Nutrition, and Wellness

Nutrition behavior, public health implications of nutrition status, nutrition education initiatives and leadership in the nutrition and wellness fields will be examined. Development of educational materials and programs for a range of settings will be explored and dissemination of professional education materials for a variety of audiences will be emphasized.

APN 740 - Nutrition and Nutrition Information in the Media

Commercial and media influence on concepts of physical and mental health, wellness, nutrition, and nutrition education will be examined. Commercialization and consolidation of food systems and the impacts on nutrition will also be explored.

APN 745 - Overweight and Obesity

The epidemiology and economic, public health and psychosocial impacts of overweight and obesity will be examined. Complications in management and treatment of overweight and obesity will also be explored.

APN 750 - Clinical Management of Overweight and Obesity

The etiology, management, and treatment of overweight and obesity will be examined. Treatment approaches including medical, behavioral and lifestyle management interventions are explored. Clinical management of overweight and obesity across the population will be emphasized.

APN 755 - Applied Nutrition Capstone

The latest theories, research, policies and practices relating to a variety of nutrition concepts, controversies and practice will be applied to a relevant area of the student’s choice and approved by the instructor. This capstone course will culminate in a project or paper such as a research paper addressing a clinical question or practice, modifications to current policy or practice, or proposals to implement new approaches to the management and treatment of a nutrition concern.

 *Please review the UNE Academic Catalog for the full and most up-to-date course descriptions and program information


Focus area: Nutrition and Disease Prevention

Students selecting this focus area will develop skills in and an understanding of nutrition-related disease with a focus on disease prevention through evidence-based practice. Individuals selecting this focus area might have prior knowledge or experience in nutrition, health-related professions, dietetics, wellness, health promotion, business, psychology, or exercise science and be interested in a career in nutrition leadership, workplace wellness management, health coaching, community program development or research.

Course Descriptions

APN 730 - Medical Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition principles, clinical nutrition assessment, nutrition support in the treatment and prevention of disease and the development, use, and monitoring of therapeutic diets will all be examined.

APN 760 - Micronutrients: Nutrition and Functional Applications

This course will examine the role of micronutrients and micronutrient metabolism in human health and nutrition, specifically the digestion, absorption, transport, storage and excretion of vitamins and minerals. Homeostatic mechanisms and micronutrient interactions with dietary, organic and inorganic compounds will be explored.

APN 765 - Nutrition Therapy for Clinical Practice

The epidemiology and etiology of nutrition-related disease will be examined.  Dietary, lifestyle and behavior change approaches in chronic disease prevention and management will be emphasized. Disease prevention and management using dietary modification and specialized therapies will be emphasized.

APN 770 - Nutrition Counseling and Communication

The role of the nutrition professional in promoting general health and wellness through a variety of communication methods will be examined. Theoretical models of nutrition counseling and behavior change and evidence-based nutrition intervention design strategies will be emphasized.

APN 775 - Advanced Nutrition Research

Critical review and evaluation of current nutrition and wellness literature will be examined. Development and presentation of nutrition-related research will be performed. Quantitative and/or qualitative research methods including research design and methodology, data analysis and interpretation of findings will be explored.

APN 755 - Applied Nutrition Capstone

The latest theories, research, policies and practices relating to a variety of nutrition concepts, controversies and practice will be applied to a relevant area of the student’s choice and approved by the instructor. This capstone course will culminate in a project or paper such as a research paper addressing a clinical question or practice, modifications to current policy or practice, or proposals to implement new approaches to the management and treatment of a nutrition concern.

 *Please review the UNE Academic Catalog for the full and most up-to-date course descriptions and program information


Course planning

You will complete 18 credits of required core courses and 18 credits in your selected focus area for a total of 36 credit hours. The length of the degree is six semesters, which equates to two full years, assuming you take two courses per semester and do not take a leave of absence.

Regardless of your focus area, as a graduate of the Applied Nutrition program, you will be able to:

  • Develop and demonstrate the application of nutrition concepts and define best practices for health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Describe and apply core research ethics, principles, and analytical techniques of measuring the nutrition status and environment of individuals and communities.
  • Demonstrate adept communication and collaboration with representatives from various government, non-profit, community, and business entities.
  • Correctly interpret and modify explanations of complex nutrition concepts for various audiences through multiple communication channels.
  • Research, develop and disseminate evidence-based and theory-driven educational materials and work-products at an audience appropriate level for topics related to nutrition and health promotion.

Field experiences

There are no specific field experiences or clinical rotations in this degree program. In each capstone course, there is a culminating project as well as an e-portfolio development project- these projects require the student to take concepts mastered in the program and apply them to real-world problems, issues, or developments in the field of nutrition. However, any supervision that is required of a student in this course will be provided by the course instructor.

Defining academic success

Measurement of student learning outcomes will be accomplished through a combination of exams, written papers, and authentic real-world projects.

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