Human Nutrition, M.S.

Gain Expertise in Clinical Nutrition

Immerse yourself in the biochemical and physiological study of nutrition and its role in health and disease. Using an evidence-based, functional medicine approach, our program will provide you with the concepts of biochemical individuality and personalized care to help you provide effective, customized nutritional recommendations.

Complete Coursework in as Little as 28 Months

First Online M.S. in Nutrition Program in the USA

Established in 1997

Preparation for Certification & Licensure

Including CNS, CCN and DACBN

Virtual Clinic

First Online Clinic Experience for Graduate Students in the Field

Program Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Coursework, with a "B" or better
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II – 6 credits
    • Introduction to Biochemistry – 4 credits or Organic Chemistry I and II – 8 credits
    • Basic Nutrition – 2 credits

Required Materials

  • Application
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from every school attended
  • Personal statement of 250 – 500 words, detailing why you are seeking this degree, how you expect to apply your degree to your professional career after graduation and why you seek to pursue your degree through the University of Bridgeport


Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:

  • June 15 for the fall semester
  • November 1 for the spring semester

Visit How to Apply to learn more about the process and how to contact your admissions counselor.

Our program will prepare you to apply for certification or licensure in nutrition. Learn how to prepare for each process:


Obtaining a license to practice is governed on a state-by-state level.  Students and prospective students who do not plan to practice in Connecticut should check with the Board of Health in the state they plan to practice to determine what is needed for legal practice of nutrition counseling., a trade website, provides information on this for all states, but laws can change so check your state’s Board of Health to confirm.


There are multiple nutrition certifications available to graduates of the Human Nutrition, M.S. distance learning program. Please research the organizations below to determine which is best suited for you.

  1. Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
    For students graduated from the 41-credit MS program, you can apply for 255 hours of supervised experience by having passed course Nutr 560K.
  2. Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN)
    Clinical Nutrition Certification Board, 1-972-250-2829
  3. American Clinical Board of Nutrition
    (540) 635-8844,
    Offers advanced standing towards their diplomate program (DACBN) to those with professional doctoral degrees who have completed the UB M.S. in Human Nutrition online degree. No additional hours of training are required, as UB’s M.S. program exceeds the ACBN’S course hour requirements. For doctorate level degrees only.

The Master of Science in Human Nutrition distance learning degree program is comprised of core courses totaling 41 credits. Prerequisites may be required based on your academic background. To learn more about each course and its respective credit hours, click on the titles below.


Prerequisites (12 credits)

NUTR 121 Anatomy and Physiology I, II

Study the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organ systems; control systems of the human body; homeostatic mechanisms; and system interrelations.

Credits: 6

NUTR 122 Introduction to Biological Chemistry

Review basic general chemistry topics including atomic theory, periodic law, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, acids, bases and organic chemistry topics including isomerism, and physiochemical properties of various functional groups. Biochemical properties of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleotides will also be discussed.

Credits: 4

NUTR 123 Basic Nutrition

In this seminar, learn the basic principles of nutrition, including topics such as classes and sources of nutrients; energy intake and expenditure; dietary standards and guidelines; food labeling and food safety; and the role of macronutrients in the diet.

Credits: 2

Core Courses (41 credits)

NUTR 560A Pathophysiologic Basis of Metabolic Disease

A study of the underlying mechanisms of disease and the complex interrelationships between critical systems including respiratory, urinary, cardiovascular, digestive, nervous and endocrine. Lectures will include fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid and base imbalances, inflammation, hypersensitivity, infection, necrosis, and neoplasms. The influence of various nutrients on systemic function will be stressed.

Prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology I, II

Credits: 4 semester hours

NUTR 560M Evidence-Based Nutrition

The course describes the analytical approaches for searching and interpreting clinical research data reported in the literature using evidence based practice with emphasis on the application of those data in clinical practice. Biological variation, experimental design, data and fact differences, matching analysis to design, integrity in analysis, and bias in design and analysis are considered in detail.

Credits: 3 semester hours

NUTR 560B Biochemistry of Nutrition

The course reviews the static and dynamic aspects of the biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, hormones and vitamins in the healthy individual. Cations, anions, enzyme kinetics, and integration and control mechanisms of the various metabolic pathways are discussed. Prerequisite 4 credits of Introduction to Biochemistry or 8 credit of Organic Chemistry.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560A and 560M
Credits: 4 semester hours

NUTR 560E Assessment of Nutritional Status

Clinical and laboratory procedures for evaluation of nutrient status, including blood and other tissue analyses, principles of functional assessment, dietary records, questionnaires, case histories, physical examinations, and anthropometric methods are covered extensively.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560A and 560M
Credits: 3 semester hours

NUTR 560C Vitamins and Minerals

The course covers the basic and clinical aspects of nutrient homeostasis with emphasis on vitamin and mineral metabolism at the cellular and tissue level. Lectures will include specific functions, requirements, sources, assay methods, and effects of deficiencies and excesses of vitamins and minerals.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560A, 560M, 560E and 560B
Credits: 3 semester hours

NUTR 560G Lifelong Healing with Food

This course will focus on the general knowledge and skills needed to educate nutrition clients about food to facilitate healing. It will cover the landscape of the US food system, menu and recipe planning, multiple food theories, fad and medical diets. Cultural and behavioral perspectives on food and nutrition will be addressed.   Cooking methods, food preparation, and safety will be covered.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560 A, B, M, and E
Credits: 4 semester hours

NUTR 560D Clinical Biochemistry

The course encapsulates the biochemistry of disorders arising from acid/base imbalance and the abnormal metabolism of the carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, amino acids, nucleic acids, bile pigments, vitamins and hormones. Inherited disorders of metabolism, the role of enzyme performance in prognosis of biochemical dysfunctions and the meaning and interpretations of clinical laboratory findings both traditional and functional are discussed.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560A , B, C  E, M and G
Credits: 3 semester hours

NUTR 560H Developmental Nutrition

Nutritional considerations and health-related concerns throughout the life cycle are explored. Pregnancy, lactation, fetal, infancy, childhood, and adolescent growth and development are addressed in detail, in this context. Also considered is the etiology of nutrition-related disorders of adulthood and the elderly.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560 A, B, C, M, G, and E
Credits: 3 semester hours

NUTR 560I Functional Medicine Nutrition

This course will include an understanding of the mechanism of action of various nutritional interventions, as well as the role it can play in helping to restore wellness. Students will become familiar with common pharmaceutical treatments, and become aware of possible drug-nutrient interactions, as well as drug-induced nutrient depletions. Students will learn how to incorporate nutrition in a complementary role with conventional treatments. This course will emphasize the importance of incorporating evidence based medicine into nutritional therapeutic decisions.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560 A, B, C, D, E, G, H and M
Credits: 3 semester hours

NUTR 560F Nutritional Therapeutics

This course will include an understanding of the mechanism of action of various nutritional interventions, as well as the role it can play in helping to restore wellness. Students will become familiar with common pharmaceutical treatments, and become aware of possible drug-nutrient interactions, as well as drug-induced nutrient depletions. Students will learn how to incorporate nutrition in a complementary role with conventional treatments. This course will emphasize the importance of incorporating evidence based medicine into nutritional therapeutic decisions.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560 A, B, C, D, E, G, H and M
Credits: 4 semester hours

NUTR 560K Virtual Clinic

This final semester course will incorporate critical thinking and scientific knowledge as you complete 4 monthly modules on clinical management online with different instructors. You will learn key skills in assessment, clinical test analysis, designing treatment plans for specific common health conditions, weight loss strategies and how to effectively start and grow your nutrition practice. Synchronous data technology will be used to help you learn real-time with your classmates and instructors.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560 A, B, C, D, E, G, F, H, I, and M

Credits: 4 semester hours

NUTR 560P Botanical Medicine

A study of the use of herbs in nutritional practice. Lectures include the mechanism of action, pharmacological/toxicological properties, clinical applications, product standardization, and recommended dosage of individual herbs.

Prerequisites: NUTR 560 A, B, C, D, E, G, F, H, I, and M
Credits: 3 semester hours

Upon graduation from the Human Nutrition, M.S. distance learning program, you will be equipped to:

  • Promote and support awareness of the benefits of optimal nutrition to health and overall well-being
  • Integrate biochemical and physiological science knowledge with nutritional evidence-based interventions and competent decision-making to prevent, positively influence, and support various health challenges
  • Exhibit professional behavior that is ethical, collaborative, and culturally sensitive
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the UB comprehensive nutrition exam

The clinical nutritionist has become an increasingly popular health care option for many, whether you seek healthy weight management or a complement to medical treatment of chronic or serious disease. It differs from the role of registered dietitian (RD), who traditionally works in institutional environments, such as hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and school systems under the direction of, or in coordination with medical physicians.

In addition to the career paths and opportunities described below, you may also choose to go on to attain a Ph.D. or D.H.Sc.

UB continues to support its Nutrition Institute alumni by offering post-graduate courses, taught by leading researchers and clinicians, and available online to further enhance our graduates’ clinical knowledge.


Career Options


  • Most Clinical Nutritionists (CN) maintain private nutritional counseling services or work as part of a team in an integrated medical clinic providing dietary counseling, targeted nutritional supplementation, and wellness program development to enhance health and help individuals with specific health conditions.
  • The CN often works in conjunction with other clinicians also dedicated to wellness care and functional medicine, such as nutritionally minded medical, chiropractic, and naturopathic physicians.
  • Clinical Nutritionists who are already primary healthcare clinicians, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc., simply incorporate what they have learned into their existing practices and offer more expanded nutritional and wellness services to their patients.
Nutritional Research

  • Conduct clinical or natural product research
  • Write grant proposals
  • Develop research methodologies
  • Write articles and scientific papers for professional publications

  • Media expert in nutrition and wellness
  • Writing and publication of books, magazine articles and web blogs on nutrition and wellness
Industry Consultant
The CN also has opportunities to work with nutritional supplement, nutraceutical, and clinical laboratory companies, in many roles including:

  • Nutritional and nutraceutical sales representatives
  • Product formulation and design
  • Technical writing
  • Educational program developer
  • Clinical support for health care providers
Education / Academia

  • Teach with the MS degree at the community college level
  • Teach at the university level, after attaining a Ph.D.
Non-Profit and Service Work

  • Community health educator and advocate
  • Domestic and overseas nutrition organization volunteer/worker/clinician


Career Assistance

UB's Center for Career Development helps graduates prepare for entrance into the workforce. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource center is dedicated to helping you become an active participant in your own academic, professional, and career development.

Services provided include basics like resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, negotiation, goal assessment, and personal branding.

What's UBJobnet?

UBjobnet is UB’s internal job portal–open only to UB students and alumni! Here, you can access a variety of opportunities posted by local and national employers. Search for jobs/internships, submit your resume online, register for career related events, or all of the above.

To access UBjobnet:

  • Login to the myUB Portal
  • Click on the “Quick Links” box on the right side to navigate to UBjobnet
  • Find the resources that suit your needs:
    • Job Search: Find full-time, part-time, internship, student employment and volunteer opportunities
    • Email me new jobs: Set up job alerts by clicking “Email me new jobs” located above your search results. Use specific keywords to help tailor your emails to match your interests
    • Career Events: Register for and learn about more upcoming events
    • Employer Directory: Find and research companies related to your desired field
  • Upload your updated resume and cover letters to UBjobnet to be able to easily apply to posted positions through the system
  • Update your major, GPA, and graduation year in your profile to receive information on jobs and events related to your field

In order to successfully complete the Human Nutrition, M.S. distance learning degree program, you must complete the courses listed in the 41-credit curriculum with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (“B” average). All degree requirements are to be completed within five years. To complete the program within 28 months, you must take two courses per term, three terms per year.

You will also be required to pass an on-campus comprehensive examination approximately three months after the completion of all coursework in order to graduate. The exam is held on a Sunday morning, twice annually, on the main campus in Bridgeport, CT. (Travel expenses are not covered by UB.)

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