The concentration areas within the MS in Dietetics are designed to help
students gain expertise in certain specialty areas of dietetics. Students
take a minimum of 9 credits from the selected concentration area.
The counseling concentration correlates advanced counseling skills with
advanced nutritional knowledge. This concentration will better enable
dietitians to provide nutritional counseling to their clients, in particular
to those with psychosocial issues that accompany chronic diseases and
eating disorders. The graduate becomes knowledgeable about the roles,
functions, and relationship of the nutrition counselor to the client,
and more proficient in the counseling role through simulated and experiential
The management concentration provides in-depth skills and knowledge that
emphasize leadership and communication skills within a global environment.
Courses are relevant to dietitians pursuing or working in clinical or
food service management or private practice.
Nutrition and Fitness Concentration
Nutrition and physical activity are intimately related to health and wellness.
This concentration expands the dietitian’s knowledge and skills related
to energy capacity, exercise performance, body composition, energy balance
and weight control, fitness assessment and exercise programs. Dietitians
are better prepared to communicate effectively the role of exercise in
disease prevention and health promotion to the general public, and to
“speak the language” in conversing with athletes about nutrition's role
in improving various types of athletic performance.
Professional Writing Concentration
The professional writing concentration prepares dietitians to communicate
information effectively and to advance within their field. Students may
select from among a variety of professional writing courses that will
equip them with the advanced skills required to create compelling proposals
and grants, informational manuals, brochures, newsletters, dynamic web
text, technical documents for health professionals, peer reviewed articles
for academic journals as well intriguing articles that translate scientific
information for consumer newspapers and magazines.
For concentration coursework and course descriptions, see the Graduate