Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences | Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention Track

Nutrition Sciences Department 4The Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention (LMDP) track at UAB offers you an entirely online degree based on providing general nutrition education to the public for health promotion and disease prevention. You will gain knowledge to promote the health and well-being of communities in novel and creative ways ranging from educating the public about basic nutrition to planning community interventions to promote health throughout the lifespan. Our program offers a multi-professional perspective as you take classes taught by physician assistants, genetic counselors, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, and exercise physiologists.

Although the Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, LMDP track does not qualify you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by itself, this track provides you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and professional skills to apply nutrition for physical activity and disease prevention. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of nutritional biochemistry, gain skills to practice basic nutrition education of the public, and have the opportunity to plan community interventions to promote health throughout the lifespan. Students interested in becoming a RDN may choose to apply to the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program once admitted to the LMDP track. Please visit the Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention Track of the Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences program online for more information.

Offered Completely Online

This program is offered entirely online, no on-campus coursework is required. If a student chooses to enroll in additional elective or practicum courses these may only be offered in-person.

Prerequisites for Admission and Program Curriculum

A complete list of prerequisites and courses are available in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

Prerequisite requirements of the Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, LMDP Track include undergraduate coursework in:

  • Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Introductory Nutrition

The Introductory Nutrition Course (NTR 222 Nutrition and Health) can be completed online at UAB the first semester of the program. You must earn a C or higher in the other prerequisite courses prior to applying to this program.

Admissions Requirements

The minimum program requirements for the LMDP track are as follows:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 300 (The GRE must have been completed within the past five years)

For international students, there is an expected TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5, or PTEA (Pearson Test of English Academics) score of 53. The UAB TOEFL code number is 1856.

We do not offer conditional admission.

Letters of Recommendation
As part of your application to the UAB Graduate School, you will provide reference contact information, including email addresses. UAB Graduate School will contact each of your references. Your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically by your references directly to the UAB Graduate School. Three letters of recommendation are required.

Official Scores
Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) official scores directly from the testing service to the UAB Graduate School. Your application can be reviewed by the MS in Nutrition Sciences Admissions Committee only after the graduate school receives your scores. Scores may not be more than five years prior to the desired term of admission. UAB GRE code number is 1856.

Application Process

Admission is accepted for all semesters. Apply through the UAB Graduate School application or visit the UAB Graduate School website for more information about the application process.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Application Deadline: June 1
  • Spring Application Deadline: November 1
  • Summer Application Deadline: April 1

Application Fees:

  • Domestic Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $60

Letter of Application
Please address the following topics in your letter of application:

  • Why did you choose to apply to our program?
  • In what ways have your previous experiences prepared you for graduate study in our program?
  • What do you believe your greatest challenge will be if you are accepted into this program?
  • How will you be able to make a contribution to the field by earning this degree?

Career Paths and Job Opportunities

There is a growing need in community settings for support workers who focus on nutrition and health promotion, particularly for child and maternal health groups, older adults, school and childcare-based nutrition education and for agencies who build health initiatives within and across communities. Further, with the stresses of a growing elderly population and co-morbidities associated with the obesity epidemic, there is a need for an expanded and diverse healthcare workforce.

While this track does not qualify you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, you will be positioned to work within a multiprofessional team to assist in the design, development, and dissemination of comprehensive programs that promote health and wellness and reduce the burden of chronic disease of communities.

Option to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Students of the MS in Nutrition Sciences, LMDP Track interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist have the option to apply to the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program (DEP-C), an ACEND Coordinated Dietetics Program. Admission to the DEP-C will require successful completion of 29 semester hours of specified LMDP track coursework with a minimum 3.0 GPA by the program start date. If admitted to the DEP-C, students will be required to complete additional coursework and practicum experiences in order to meet ACEND eligibility requirements to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s National Examination to become a Registered Dietitian. For more information, please visit this program on the web

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