Online Programs

MS in Nutrition Education: Course Descriptions

Learn How to Nourish Your Community

The online Master of Science in Nutrition Education from American University delivers the most relevant courses in nutrition, education, communication and behavior change to help you understand the current health-related challenges and solutions facing our nation today.

The program can be completed in as little as 20 months. The exclusive curriculum provides focused theoretical and practical training in the field of nutrition. It will prepare you to:

  • Develop programming and intervention skills related to nutrition.
  • Design and implement nutrition education programs in corporations, government organizations, schools and universities.
  • Use all the steps of select models and theories and cultural competence in nutrition program development.
  • Translate research and theoretical nutrition concepts into practice.
  • Take the Certified Nutrition Specialist® credential upon completion of additional coursework and supervised practice experience beyond this degree.
  • Demonstrate scientific knowledge in nutrition, consistent with health recommendations, throughout the lifecycle.
  • Identify and describe the relationship between dietary patterns and chronic disease.

Upon graduation, you will have the skills to become a nutrition educator in a variety of settings, including public health departments, nonprofit organizations, school systems, government, gyms and health clubs and food companies, in addition to independent health coaching and nutrition counseling roles.