Master of Science in Health Sciences Concentration in Nutrition Online

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Master of Science in Health Sciences Concentration in Nutrition Online

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.

Duration MBA Financial Planning  Complete in as few as 12 months
Credit Hours MBA Financial Planning  36 credit hours
Per credit hour Per 3-credit course Total program cost
Tuition MBA Financial Planning   444.44 Tuition MBA Financial Planning   1,333.32 Tuition MBA Financial Planning   16,000*

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

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • 3 hours of undergraduate coursework in physiology or anatomy and physiology.

    • Has been awarded a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

    • Has earned at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on the graduate admission GPA calculation or earned a previous master's degree from an accredited university.

    Admission to the Program

    • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower GPA will be considered for Probationary Admission.

    • Applicants must provide two letters of reference, personal and professional.

    • Applicants must provide a letter of intent.

    • Cleared Criminal Background Check

    GPA Appeals Process

    If your GPA falls between a 2.75 and 2.99, you may be eligible to appeal the admissions decision. To request an appeal you must write a formal letter of appeal to the program coordinator.

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities and International Applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.

    • English translation of educational records.

    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES) . For additional information, visit the Academic Credentials/TranscriptsEvaluation section of our website.

    *Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas however international applicants can study from their home country.

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    Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and correspondence education providers. Please review Check Program Availability in Your State for more details.

  • Program Contact

    Program Director: Dr. Saraswathy Nair

    Phone: 956-882-5108

    Office: Brownsville Campus, BBRHB 1.103


    Special Assistant to the Program: Ms. Kim M. Garcia

    Phone: 956-665-4781

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EHABW 1144A


  • Deadlines

    Online Accelerated Application Deadline:

    Spring 2018 Module I Spring 2018 Module II Summer 2018 Module I Summer 2018 Module II Fall 2018 Module I Fall 2018 Module II
    December 3 January 28 March 25 May 20 July 22 September 17
  • Course Requirements

    Core Courses

    INFS 6340 Health Computer Information Systems

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6300 Introduction to the Health Care System and Quality Improvement

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6307 Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6310 Research in Health Sciences

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 6345 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    HSCI 7302 Professional Proposal Writing

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Nutrition Concentration Courses
    NUTR 6300/CLSC 6300 Pathophysiology of Disease

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    NUTR 6310 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    NUTR 6320 Prevention and Treatment of Obesity

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    NUTR 6330 Integrative Nutrition

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    NUTR 6340 Nutrition in Diabetes Patient Care

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    NUTR 6350 Perspectives and Treatment Modalities of Eating Disorders

    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.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3