MS Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology with an Emphasis in Nutrition

This pathway is designed for individuals with undergraduate degrees in dietetics, health science, or a related area. It has also been popular for bachelors level dietitians that interested in a masters degree.

This program provides advanced education in nutritional biochemistry, macro and micronutrient metabolism, and research methods.

However, the flexibility and accessibility of the online version of the program allows for students already working in various health fields to continue to meet their professional commitments while they improve their nutrition knowledge and skills. The program is designed for students who are bachelor's trained dietitians, or who are interested in increasing their knowledge of nutrition, but do not plan to become a registered dietitian.

Students will complete 26 hours of core courses and 12 hours of electives for a total of 38 credit hours.


To be considered for admission to the program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in a health-related field from a regionally-accredited university or college with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of credit work.

Students must also successfully complete requirements for dietetic registration by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (i.e., RD status) OR successfully complete at least:

  • One course in each of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Anatomy or Physiology.
  • Two courses in nutrition (one course being Advanced Nutrition)
  • Those interested in nutrition for fitness and sport concentration also need one course in exercise physiology.

How to Apply

Prospective students must complete and submit the following:

  • Online Application: Complete your application using the Apply Yourself portal.
  • Statement of Purpose: 500-1000 words identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academics policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose.
  • Professional Resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience and education history.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Written by individuals with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague.
  • In the Comment Section: List prerequisite courses completed prior to the beginning of the program and indicate you are applying for the MS non-RDN program.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The GRE is encouraged, but not required.
  • Official Undergraduate Degree Documentation: Transcripts from all attended institutions uploaded to ApplyYourself.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 15

Expected Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will demonstrate a mastery of key concepts in the following areas of nutrition:

  • Nutrition Biochemistry,
  • Micronutrient Metabolism,
  • Macronutrient Metabolism,
  • Nutrition Assessment and Research Methods,
  • Nutrition Programs and Policy, and
  • Nutrition and Health Communications.

Program graduates will integrate scientific information and research into practice.

Program graduates will also use effective nutrition communication skills including written reports, consumer and professional presentations, multimedia approaches, individual consultation, technical research formats, medical charting techniques and successful interactions with healthcare teams.

Program graduates will also use their leadership skills and develop a desire for continuing education and professional growth.

Contact Us

MS Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology - Nutrition

Carisse Winegar 
Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs 
Phone: 801-581-6730
Email: carisse.winegar@utah.edu

Katherine Beals, PhD, RD, FACSM, CSSD
Director of MS Online
Phone: (801) 581-5916
Email: katherine.beals@hsc.utah.edu

Thunder Jalili, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Email: thunder.jalili@utah.edu