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Master of Science in Health Sciences in Nutrition Online

The UTRGV MSHS in Health Sciences Concentration in Nutrition online program can help you deepen your knowledge of nutrition and expand your career options. Core courses introduce you to the health care system and quality improvement, as well as health care policy and research.

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About the Program

The Master of Science in Health Sciences Concentration in Nutrition online degree program will build your knowledge and give you the skills and confidence to move into management positions in the field of nutrition. This degree program is unique—it is the only accelerated online MSHS Nutrition program in Texas.

Coursework builds your knowledge of nutrition, prevention of obesity, and health maintenance. You will gain knowledge of diseases associated with nutrition, such as eating disorders, and how to correct them and maintain a patient’s health.

Future potential job opportunities include department manager within a hospital or healthcare facility, rehab center or nursing home.

Courses

This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of health care organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for health care organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for health care organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.
An introduction to the health care system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for health care organizations, as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.
This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse's role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.
An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence-based medicine.
Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of health care in today's society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.
This course will cover the knowledge, skills and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources, as well as the principles of successful grant management.
This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of health care organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for health care organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for health care organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.
An introduction to the health care system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for health care organizations, as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.
This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse's role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.
An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence-based medicine.
Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of health care in today's society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.
This course will cover the knowledge, skills and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources, as well as the principles of successful grant management.
This course explores the phenomena that produce changes in normal cellular and tissue functions as well as related physiologic processes resulting from aging and various disease processes.
This course explains the role of nutrition in the life cycle including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging adults. Study of nutritional requirements during each period of life cycle and its physiological basis, assessment of nutritional status, factors that determine food intake patterns in these age groups, and consequences of malnutrition will be discussed.
The course focuses on development of knowledge and skills for the learner to be able to set up and deliver an effective weight management program. Will cover topics such as management of obesity and prevention of co-morbidities, client assessment, dietary intervention, physical activity, and motivational interviewing and behavior change.
This course will give an overview of complementary and alternative medicine and how to integrate it with nutrition. The course will cover topics including alternative medicine, nutritional supplements and other unconventional healing modalities as they relate to nutrition.
The course will review practical information regarding management of diabetes, education theories, pathophysiology, and critical processes to patient education. Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to provide diabetes-related medical nutrition therapy and be prepared to take the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) certification pending completion of the remaining requirements.
This course provides an overview of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia, nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other less common disorders. Treatment is considered from a team-based approach to include psychological, cognitive and physiological processes.
This course explores the phenomena that produce changes in normal cellular and tissue functions as well as related physiologic processes resulting from aging and various disease processes.
This course explains the role of nutrition in the life cycle including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging adults. Study of nutritional requirements during each period of life cycle and its physiological basis, assessment of nutritional status, factors that determine food intake patterns in these age groups, and consequences of malnutrition will be discussed.
The course focuses on development of knowledge and skills for the learner to be able to set up and deliver an effective weight management program. Will cover topics such as management of obesity and prevention of co-morbidities, client assessment, dietary intervention, physical activity, and motivational interviewing and behavior change.
This course will give an overview of complementary and alternative medicine and how to integrate it with nutrition. The course will cover topics including alternative medicine, nutritional supplements and other unconventional healing modalities as they relate to nutrition.
The course will review practical information regarding management of diabetes, education theories, pathophysiology, and critical processes to patient education. Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to provide diabetes-related medical nutrition therapy and be prepared to take the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) certification pending completion of the remaining requirements.
This course provides an overview of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia, nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other less common disorders. Treatment is considered from a team-based approach to include psychological, cognitive and physiological processes.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Financial Aid for Accelerated Online Programs page.

Additional Fees

Domestic Applicant Fee: $50
International Applicant Fee: $100
Graduation Fee: $32


Admissions

Please review all the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Health Sciences in Nutrition Online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities

GPA

3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

References

2 References from Professional or Academic sources