Online Master of Science in Medical Nutrition

The Master of Science in medical nutrition provides a pathway to build knowledge and expertise in the nutritional sciences. In this medical nutrition master’s program, you’ll learn about the role of nutrition in health maintenance, the treatment of disease and disease prevention.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What is a medical nutrition master’s degree?

The master’s in medical nutrition is a graduate program focused on helping students gain a deeper understanding of how nutrition and health care intersect from the perspective of clinical nutrition. In this online nutrition degree, you’ll take intensive, clinically-oriented introductory nutrition courses covering a wide range of topics, including:

  • Cardiovascular, metabolic/endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.
  • Microbiome, nutrigenomics, nutritional and botanical supplements.
  • Personalized medicine.

Please note, this online medical nutrition master’s program does not provide a pathway to become a registered dietician (RD) or dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Instead, the master’s in medical nutrition is ideal for those working in the world of medicine or other clinical setting as well as students taking a gap year. If you’re on the path toward medical school, physician assistant programs, dental school or physical therapy programs, you can also utilize this degree to improve the competitiveness of your application.

What skills will I gain in this online nutrition degree?

 

In the master’s in medical nutrition program, you’ll learn techniques to assess and prescribe nutrition practices to maintain health and prevent diseases. You’ll also gain a strong understanding of how to leverage testing strategies and big data to research new nutrition techniques to use in clinical practices. Additionally, through your courses, you’ll learn how to:

  • Analyze research evidence to obtain disease-specific nutritional information and recommendations.
  • Evaluate patients’ diet and nutritional status.
  • Use patient information to craft individual nutrition management plans focused on optimal health and risk factor reduction.

Why earn a medical nutrition master’s degree?

 

Earning a medical nutrition master’s is a great way to set yourself apart from other job candidates and advance your career. In this online nutrition degree, you’ll learn about health maintenance, as well as disease treatment and prevention. You’ll also establish strong nutritional knowledge, preparing you to treat patients and make a positive difference in their lives.

Additionally, due to an aging population and the evolution of disease, there is a high demand for skilled health care workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care occupations are projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030, which is much quicker than the average rate.

Will my medical nutrition master’s degree 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.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Online nutrition degree courses

In the master’s in medical nutrition, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to improve patient outcomes and provide deeper levels of service. Through evidence-based nutrition research and case studies, you’ll also develop interpretive expertise and nutritional assessment techniques. Courses include:


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 I do with a medical nutrition master’s?

This online nutrition degree can be leveraged in both professional and educational settings. Along with potentially appearing as a more desirable candidate when applying to terminal advanced degrees in the world of medicine, it can also help you explore a number of career fields. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to understand how nutrition improves overall health while working in a variety of clinical roles, including:

Dental

Medical (MD, DO)

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.

Apply to the medical nutrition master’s online program

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

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.

7,200+


students.

250+


Barrett honors scholars.

160+


faculty members.

$18+ million


in research expenditures.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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