James Madison University

M.S. in Health Sciences with a Concentration in Dietetics (Online Program)

About The Program

A Master of Science degree may be pursued with a major in health sciences and a concentration in dietetics. The entire program is completed online with no requirement for on-campus attendance.  It includes 33 to 34 hours of coursework in advanced nutrition, current trends in foods, management, and research methods, in addition to electives. Tuition information can be found at http://www.jmu.edu/ubo/. All students must plan and conduct a research project.  Students may choose to write their research manuscript as either a directed research paper, which is written as a journal article using guidelines required by professional scientific journals, or in the traditional thesis format.  The research component can be completed in a variety of ways, including evidence analysis, research related to worksite issues, or traditional laboratory research. 

Admission to the Program

This program is not accepting applications at this time.

If you have further questions please contact Jeremy Akers at 540-568-8974 or akersjd@jmu.edu

Mission and Goals

The graduate programs in health sciences are dedicated to preparing students to become evidence-based critical thinkers in the health sciences. Specifically, these programs build upon the undergraduate health sciences programs by providing a more detailed knowledge base that is fortified by self-directed learning experiences and the development of practical, clinical and/or research skills.

The specific goals of the graduate programs in health sciences are designed to help students develop their critical thinking abilities while expanding their knowledge in the rapidly changing health-related environments. Specifically, students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the current research in the ever-broadening field of health.

  2. access current literature in the health fields.

  3. interpret current health-related research.

  4. develop basic research skills.

  5. describe and evaluate various health education models.

  6. critically evaluate past and present health care administration strategies.

The mission and goals are based, in part, on the Standards for the Preparation of Graduate-Level Health Educators.

In the Master of Science programs, courses must be selected with the approval of the major adviser in accordance with the program requirements. Students electing a major in the health sciences department are expected to have adequate undergraduate preparation in the chosen area of graduate study and satisfactory Graduate Record Examination scores.

Students entering the dietetics or nutrition and physical activity concentrations of the health sciences graduate program who do not possess the required prerequisites must obtain them before beginning the program.

Curriculum Overview

Minimum Requirements   Credit Hours
MATH 522 Statistics for Researchers 3
NUTR 654 Current Topics in Foods 3
NUTR 655 Integrated Nutrition 3
NUTR 660 Research Methods in Dietetics 3
NUTR 672 Professional Practice Issues in Dietetics 3
Total 15

Research Component: students must choose either Directed Research I and II or Thesis I and II, and NUTR 695 and 696:

Minimum Requirements   Credit Hours
NUTR 681 Directed Research in Dietetics I 2
NUTR 682 Directed Research in Dietetics II 2
NUTR 700 Thesis Research I 3
NUTR 701 Thesis Research II 3
NUTR 695 Research Interpretation in Dietetics 1
NUTR 696 Graduate Seminar in Dietetics 1
Total 6-8

Elective options (choose twelve hours from the following courses)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
NUTR 650 Nutrition Education and Counseling 3
NUTR 671 Nutrition in Disease Development, Progression, and Prevention 3
NUTR 673 Advanced Management in Dietetics 3
NUTR 674 Optimal Nutritional Health for Older Adults
NUTR 675 Nutrigenomics 3
NUTR 545 Nutrition and Exercise 3
NUTR 555 Theories and Practices of Weight Management 3
Total   12



  • 12/12/17: The department has been divided into the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Health Professions
  • How to declare a Health Sciences Major
  • December 9-15
    Final Examinations
  • December 15-16