12863All students in the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track - Prior Learning Option complete online coursework through a planned program of study. This is a non-thesis program. You can complete the coursework full- or part-time. If enrolled full-time the program can be completed in 3 semesters. Your professors will use a variety of teaching styles to enhance your understanding of complex theories and topics by using diverse technologies and teaching methods, which include virtual discussions, recorded lectures, discussion boards and team projects.

Curriculum Requirements


NTR 604: Principles and Practice of Nutrition Support (3 hours)
NTR 621: Statistical Methods in Nutrition Science I (3 hours)
NTR 690: Seminar (2 hours)
Elective (3 hours)


NTR 601: Advanced Medical Nutrition (3 hours)
NTR 637: Applied Research in Nutrition Sciences* (3 hours)
Elective (3 hours)


NTR 500: Communication in Nutrition (1 hour)
NTR 611: Advanced Food Systems and Resource Management (3 hours)
NTR 618: Nutritional Biochemistry (6 hours)

Approved Electives

NTR 609: Applied Nutrition for Physical Activity and Disease Prevention (3 hours)
NTR 631: Community Interventions for Healthy Lifestyle (3 hours)
NTR 632: Nutrition Counseling and Education (4 hours)
**NTR 691-697: Clinical Practicum (3-6 hours)
NTR 698: Masters Level Non-Thesis Research (1-6 hours)
NTR 750: Body Composition and Energy Metabolism (3 hours)
NTR 749: Race, Nutrition and Health (3 hours)
NTR 755: Teaching Practicum (3 hours)

*NTR 621 is a pre-requisite requirement for this course

**NTR 691-697 are available for students who are completing a traineeship and are available face-to-face only.

A thesis option is available. However, the thesis option will require additional face-to-face coursework and will likely extend the time to complete the degree.


Traineeship Descriptions

Although not a requirement of the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track – Prior Learning Option, Clinical practicum courses (traineeships) are available for individual pursuit of specialized training in the areas of pediatric nutrition, weight management, children with special health care needs, and clinical research. The clinical practicum courses and training are face-to-face. The traineeships are awarded on a competitive basis through the specific traineeship, as described below. If you are interested to learn more about a particular traineeship, then please contact the Contact for that traineeship directly.

General Pediatric and Adolescent Nutrition Traineeship

The Pediatric/Adolescent Nutrition Traineeship is offered to individuals working on a Master’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health or related fields. Areas of emphasis include general pediatric nutrition, eating disorders, nutrition clinic, complex interdisciplinary assessments and public health emphasis. Applicants must be a RDN or RDN eligible. Applicants are evaluated based upon the established guidelines and in agreement with the principles outlined in the project’s goals and objectives. Up to two traineeships are available each year.

Length of Traineeship: 9 months, requires 20 hours/week work commitment plus 4 credit hour graduate course

Stipend: Monthly stipend plus some tuition support

Contact: Krista Casazza PhD, RDN
UAB Department of Pediatrics
Division of Adolescent Medicine
1600 7th Ave South
CPPI 310
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
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Pediatric Pulmonary Center Traineeship

Pediatric Pulmonary Center, (PPC), Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, UAB

Purpose: To develop leaders who will promote comprehensive, coordinated, family centered care to improve the health of children and youth with respiratory conditions including Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Asthma, Sleep Disorders, and Home Ventilator Program.

Length of Traineeship: Interdisciplinary long term traineeships are typically 12 month appointments and consist of at least 300 hours of clinical and didactic experiences. The traineeship begins in August and ends the following July.

Stipend: Monthly stipend plus tuition and National Conference registration support.

Contact: Valerie Eubanks Tarn
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Applications for the PPC nutrition traineeship can be found on our website

The PPC, LEND, MCH Nutrition, and LEAH are all programs that are funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau. Our goal is to provide interdisciplinary MCH leadership to trainees and fellows.


Graduate Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Training Program

Brief Description: The pediatric assistantship is designed to provide a broad knowledge base, skills and professional resources to practice in pediatric acute, critical and ambulatory care settings. Children’s of Alabama in conjunction with a graduate nutrition program offers two 9-month clinical pediatric nutrition assistantships. The assistantship includes weekly rotations with the department’s staff of registered dietitians, lactation consultants and dietetic technicians offering the nutrition resident an exposure to a wide range of experiences in management of disease states in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Research is required as part of the assistantship. The nutrition resident must successfully pass the CDR exam for registered dietitians within 2 months of beginning the assistantship.

Length of Traineeship: 9 months, 20 hours/week of clinical experience, complete 3 hours of graduate credit in a research clinical practicum course

Stipend: Please contact traineeship coordinator regarding stipend.

Contact: Michelle Jeffcoat, MS,RDN
Traineeship Coordinator
Dept. of Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services
Children's of Alabama
1600 7th Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35233
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Civitan Sparks Clinics

Brief Description: The traineeship at the Civitan Sparks clinic is designed as clinical training in pediatric nutrition with special emphasis on developmental disabilities and also promoting leadership skills. A major part of the program includes involvement in the interdisciplinary activities of the Sparks Clinics plus involvement in appropriate activities at Children’s Hospital and community agencies serving the developmentally disabled. Trainees may participate in the following established programs and clinics: Inherited Developmental Disabilities, Premature Follow-up Clinic, CRS Early Intervention Program, Rett’s Syndrome Clinic, and Adult Down Syndrome Clinic.

Length of Traineeship: 12 months

Stipend: Monthly Stipend

Contact: Suzanne Geerts, MS, RD, LD
Sparks Clinics Community Health Service Building
CHB 19, Suite 307J 933 19th Street South
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St. Vincent’s Wellness Services

Brief Description: The primary focus of this program is to provide health and wellness programming to the community and corporations within the Birmingham area. The traineeship offers a wide variety of experiences including nutrition education, weight management, stress management, fitness, corporate and associate wellness, and community service for underserved populations.

Length of Traineeship: 12 months, 20 hours/week

Stipend: $13,000

Contact: Kimberly Rider
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