Curriculum

7015You will complete coursework through a planned, structured, yet flexible program of study that is tailored to meet your needs. The majority of your coursework is online but part of your research training will be face-to-face. Your learning experience, in an environment that fosters novel learning and uses cutting-edge technology, will facilitate scholarly proficiency and in-depth understanding about nutrition sciences. Our interdisciplinary courses will help you transcend boundaries and succeed in professional and academic arenas.

Curriculum

The MS in Nutrition Sciences – Research Track program prepares students for careers in research and education. Students learn the metabolic and biochemical basis for nutritional care while being involved in basic and/or applied nutrition research. Potential research areas include:

pediatrics

wellness and health promotion

children with special healthcare needs          

community nutrition

general clinical research

exercise science

health education

public health

Students in the Research Track complete a minimum of 37 semester credit hours, generally, over a two year period of time. As part of the program requirements, you will complete a minimum of 8 semester hours of Master’s level research, which is usually completed over a 4-semester period of time.

With regard to the research expectations of this track, you will be assigned a Faculty Research Mentor. Under the direction and guidance of your Faculty Research Mentor, you will first write and then orally defend your Research Proposal. The written component of your Research Proposal includes a literature review and outlines your proposed research project.

The oral component of your Research Proposal includes a formal presentation of your proposed research project. This Oral Research Proposal will be presented to your Faculty, Research Mentor, and the other members of your Thesis Committee and the MS in Nutrition Sciences program director. The audience may also include your peers; and possibly other UAB Faculty.

Usually this requirement is fulfilled in NTR 698 – Masters Level Non-Thesis Research, a required course in this curriculum. You will complete your research project and write a thesis to fulfill program requirements. Thesis requirements follow those of the UAB Graduate School and are available on the graduate school website.

Course Requirements

Fall (Year One)

**NTR 621: Statistical Methods in Nutrition Sciences I (3 credit hours)

**NTR 690: Seminar (2 credit hours)

*(Elective) GRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity (3 credit hours)

NTR 733: Laboratory Instruments and Methods in Nutrition Research (1 credit hour)

Spring (Year One)

**NTR 637: Applied Research in Nutrition Sciences (3 credit hours)

*NTR 698: Masters Level Non-Thesis Research (2 credit hours)

*(ElectiveGRD 717: Principles of Scientific Integrity (3 credit hours)

Summer (Year One)

**NTR 618: Nutritional Biochemistry (6 credit hours)

**NTR 623: Statistical Methods in Nutrition Sciences II (3 credit hours)

*NTR 698: Masters Level Non-Thesis Research (2 credit hours)

Fall (Year Two)

**NTR 636: Scientific Methods (3 credit hours)

*NTR 699: Masters Level Thesis Research (3 credit hours)

*NTR 788: Advanced Nutrition Seminar (1 credit hours)

Spring (Year Two)

*NTR 699: Masters Level Thesis Research (3 credit hours)

*NTR 788: Advanced Nutrition Seminar (1 credit hours)

*You will take these courses twice, one time in each semester as listed

**Courses offered only online