College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Nutrition and Food Systems

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Program Summary

Fall 2022
Application Dates: 07/22/2022
Start Dates: 08/22/2022
Spring 2023
Application Dates: 12/9/2022
Start Dates: 01/9/2023
Summer 2023
Application Dates: 04/15/2023
Start Dates: 05/15/2023
Credits & Costs
Credits required: 36
Cost per credit: $715.50
Dawn Brewer, Associate Professor and DGS

Dawn Brewer

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0054

(859) 257-3800

  • MS
Enhance your education and career at your own pace with this fully online MS degree program. Explore how food systems impact diet and wellness and further your clinical nutrition knowledge through an evidence-based research project. Faculty in the program teach courses and support evidence-based projects through the lens of a registered dietitian nutritionist, providing real-world application and practical recommendations.

Program Summary

Fall 2022
Application Dates: 07/22/2022
Start Dates: 08/22/2022
Spring 2023
Application Dates: 12/9/2022
Start Dates: 01/9/2023
Summer 2023
Application Dates: 04/15/2023
Start Dates: 05/15/2023
Credits & Costs
Credits required: 36
Cost per credit: $715.50

Be a powerhouse for change in the nutrition field.

The skills and knowledge gained from this program will prepare you for careers in a variety of settings including healthcare, private practice, community organizations, education, government, industry, non-profit, and more!  You will explore evidence-based strategies to improve the health of individuals and the communities where they live and will gain knowledge and experience to support and grow your career and reach in the field of nutrition. 

 

Application Requirements

• A relevant undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. 
A relevant degree includes degrees in nutrition science/dietetics, exercise science, public health, biology, chemistry, nursing, public health, or other health-science related degrees. 
The applicant may be asked to complete pre-requisite courses such as, nutrition, physiology, or biology courses as deemed necessary by the DHN graduate program admissions committee. 

• A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required with conditional admittance considered. 

• The GRE is not required to apply. 

Curriculum

CORE COURSES (12 HOURS TOTAL) 

Outlined below are the 36 credit hours of coursework required for the MS in Nutrition and Food Systems.

  • DHN 603: Advanced Community Program Development 
  • DHN 605: Food Systems and Society 
  • DHN 608: Chronic Disease Management and Process 
  • DHN 774: Seminar in Nutrition and Food Systems 

GUIDED ELECTIVES (6 HOURS TOTAL) 
  • DHN 598: Global Foods, Diet and Culture
  • DHN 580: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice in Dietetics OR DHN 600: Research Methods in Nutrition and Food Systems

FREE ELECTIVES (12 HOURS TOTAL) 
  • Based on your interests and professional goals, choose from a wide variety of courses offered in DHN and at the University of Kentucky. Make the program work for YOU.

EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE PROJECT COURSE WORK (6 HOURS TOTAL)
  • DHN 782: Special Problems in Nutrition and Food Systems
  • Along with taking coursework surrounding nutrition and the food system, you will also complete an evidence-based practice (EBP) project based on your personal passions.  If you have already begun your professional career, you may plan the project to assist in the needs of that organization and/or job. This project will take into consideration the scientific evidence, the expertise of the health professionals, and the needs of the client, patient, organization, population, or community.


 

How to Apply

Please see application instructions for how to apply.


Contact

Dawn Brewer, Associate Professor and DGS

Dawn Brewer

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Dietetics and Human Nutrition

204 Funkhouser Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0054

(859) 257-3800

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.