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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