6584All LMDP students complete online coursework through a planned program of study. Your learning experience at UAB will facilitate understanding about nutrition sciences that can be applied to promote the health and well-being of communities in novel and creative ways. Our coordinated and inter-professional online curriculum provides the venue for you to gain the knowledge and professional skills to apply nutrition for physical activity and disease prevention, understand nutritional biochemistry, practice basic nutrition education of the public, and plan community nutrition interventions to promote health through the lifespan.


You will complete this graduate degree in Nutrition Sciences with coursework that emphasizes nutrition assessment and interventions for health promotion and disease prevention. The LMDP track is taught completely online to allow flexibility and convenience for students who work full time, reside out-of-state, or simply want the convenience of courses being offered online. However, if you want to participate in volunteer experiences in the areas of obesity, diabetes, and cancer, there certainly are many opportunities in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, as we have two NIH research centers.

With additional on-campus graduate coursework in Exercise Science, students are eligible for American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Certifications. The LMDP is a non-thesis track, comprised of 36 credit hours of study. A full time student will complete the program in 4 semesters. However, part-time enrollment is allowed. Here are the required courses for degree completion:

Fall (Year 1)

CDS 545: Genetics and Genomics Applications in Healthcare (2 credit hours)

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

NTR 632: Nutrition Counseling & Education (4 credit hours)

NTR 690: Seminar (2 credit hours)

Spring (Year 1)

CDS 550: Intro to Medical History Taking & Physical Exam (3 credit hours)

NTR 631: Community Interventions for Healthy Lifestyles (3 credit hours)

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

Summer (Year 1)

NTR 618: Nutritional Biochemistry (6 credit hours)

Fall (Year 2)

CDS 605: Survival Spanish for Health Professions (1 credit hour)

NTR 609: Applied Nutrition for Physical & Disease Prevention (3 credit hours)

KIN 637: Physiology of Exercise I (3 credit hours)


Everyone is required to take one 3-credit elective.

NTR 521: Nutrition Assessment and the Nutrition Care Process (3 credit hours)