Online Master of Science in Medical Nutrition

Arizona State University’s Master of Science in medical nutrition equips you with foundational knowledge and expertise in nutritional sciences. In your courses, you’ll learn about the role of nutrition in health maintenance including the prevention and treatment of dangerous diseases. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to advance or begin a career in health care across various sectors.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

Degree questions, answered.

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Who’s a good candidate for a master’s in medical nutrition?

Ideal candidates for this program have earned a bachelor’s degree in science and plan to enter a health care role or advanced professional schools such as medical school, dental school, nursing and more. You may also be a practicing physician or nurse who’s interested in gaining a deeper understanding about how diet impacts a patient’s health. Additionally, this program is better suited for medical practitioners rather than health care administrative staff.

Please note, this online medical nutrition master’s program does not provide a pathway to become a registered dietician (RD) or dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Although, if you’re on the path toward an advanced medical schooling program, you can utilize this degree to improve the competitiveness of your application.

The skills you’ll develop in this program

In this program, you’ll learn how to assess and prescribe nutrition practices to improve a patient's health and prevent diseases. You’ll also gain a strong understanding of how to leverage testing strategies and data to research new nutrition techniques to apply in clinical practices. Additional skills include:

  • Analyze research evidence to obtain disease-specific nutritional information and recommendations.
  • Collaborate with registered dietitians to provide medical nutrition therapy as part of a patient care team.
  • Evaluate research evidence for the most accurate, current general and disease-specific nutritional information and recommendations.
  • Use patient information to craft individual nutrition management plans focused on optimal health and risk factor reduction.

How does this program compare to a clinical nutrition master’s?

Both medical nutrition and clinical nutrition master’s programs provide graduate-level coursework that emphasizes reading and interpreting nutrition research literature to support evidence-based practice and better outcomes for patients and clients.

Key differences:

  • Medical nutrition leans more toward general nutrition care and education for patients and clients who don’t require medical nutrition therapy provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • Clinical nutrition focuses more on advanced nutrition support such as enteral and parenteral nutrition, nutrition for special clinical populations, as well as advanced physical assessment of hospitalized patients as part of medical nutrition therapy.

Therefore, a clinical nutrition master’s is geared toward registered dietitians and those currently working in a clinical setting who have a bachelor’s degree and want to earn a master’s.

Will my diploma say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Medical nutrition master’s courses

In this program, you’ll take intensive, clinically-oriented introductory nutrition courses covering a wide range of topics such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health, personalized medicine and botanical supplements. You’ll also develop interpretive expertise and nutritional assessment techniques in real-world case studies.


Core

Chronic Inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome


Core

Complementary Nutrition


Core

Ethics and Policy of American Diets


Core

Food and Nutrition Across the Lifespan


Core

Medical Nutrition in the Care and Prevention of Disease


Core

Nutrigenomics


Core

Statistics in Research


Elective

Research Methods


What can you do with a medical nutrition master’s?

Earning a master’s in medical nutrition can set yourself apart from other job candidates and advance your career. You’ll establish strong nutritional knowledge, preparing you to treat patients and make a positive difference in their lives. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to use nutrition to improve the overall health of patients in various clinical roles such as:

Dentist

Medical doctor

Physician assistant

Veterinary

Learn from top-tier research experts

Our faculty bring a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.

Learn from top-tier research experts

Our faculty bring a high-level of expertise to every research project. In addition to cutting-edge approaches to research, we’re focused on creating a better future for people. We’re lifelong learners with a goal to improve health outcomes for the communities we serve. Some of our research focuses on:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.

How to apply

Applicants to the Master of Science in medical nutrition program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Application requirements

Additional admission information

Developing the health workforce of the future

At the College of Health Solutions, students and faculty research solutions to pressing global health challenges while preparing the health workforce of the future. Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources, clinical experience and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more.

6,500+


students.

250+


Barrett honors scholars.

160+


faculty members.

$14.5 million


in research expenditures.

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Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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