Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Public Health Nutrition MS Program

Course Requirements

To complete the MS with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition, students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option. All students complete concurrent and block field experiences, with the block field experience occurring during a summer session. The block field experience includes an analytical field paper for non-thesis students and poster presentation for thesis and non-thesis students. The 2017-2018 Curriculum Guide has been released but is subject to change due to anticipated curricular changes in the Department of Public Health.

Thesis option
The thesis option consists of a minimum of 41 hours with at least 38 hours in the department.  A minimum of 41 hours (not including thesis) at the 500 or 600 level are required. An oral comprehensive examination is required upon completion of the thesis.

A graduate student works closely with a faculty advisor and his or her graduate committee on an original research project. The research project includes developing a proposal, conducting the research project that has been proposed, and documenting the research project by the preparation of a written thesis. The thesis research is generally published in a professional research journal. The graduate student also performs an oral defense of the thesis.
Required courses include:

NUTR 500 Thesis (6 credits)
NUTR 509 Graduate Seminar in Public Health (1 credit)
NUTR 511 Advances in Carbohydrate, Lipid and Protein Metabolism (4 credits)
NUTR 512 Advances in Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism (3 credits)
NUTR 515 Field Study in Community Nutrition (3 credits)
NUTR 522 Nutrition Counseling (2 credits)
NUTR 543 Research Methods I (2 credits)
NUTR 545 Research Methods II (2 credits)
NUTR 616 Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 credits)
PUBH 520 Public Health Policy and Administration (3 credits)
PUBH 530 Biostatistics (3 credits)
PUBH 540 Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)

Non-thesis option
The non-thesis option for Public Health Nutrition students consists of a minimum of 47 hours with at least 35 hours the department. Required courses include those listed for the thesis option with the omission of NTR 500 (Thesis). In addition students complete an additional 3 credits in NTR 519 and 3 credits social/behavioral science and education electives. A minimum of 24 hours at the 500- and 600-level is required.  A written comprehensive examination is required for completion of the program.

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