Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health program provides an evidence-based education to prepare the next generation of nutrition experts. Dietary and lifestyle factors are at the heart of prevention and treatment of the major chronic diseases prevalent within our local and global populations, and professionals are needed to provide integrated nutrition and lifestyle medicine to help individuals and communities reclaim their health. Food systems and nutrition-related health problems are increasingly complex and require nutrition experts with more interdisciplinary and functional nutrition knowledge to be effective members of healthcare teams in clinical settings, and to address community, public health and food system challenges.            

Our program has two tracks:

  1. Master of Science Track:
    This route is for those interested in continuing and enhancing their education by obtaining a master’s degree in nutrition and integrated health. This track is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in obtaining an advanced degree in nutrition. This track is also designed for those who already have their RDN credential and are interested in enhancing their nutrition/dietetics knowledge and skills with a master’s degree. This track launches Fall 2021.    
  2. Combined RDN and Master of Science Track:
    This route is for those interested in completing a master’s program and the integrated supervised experiential learning that culminates in earning a master’s degree and eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration Examination for Dietitians to obtain the RDN credential. This track is planned to launch in Fall of 2022, after successful accreditation through The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).*

*The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel).  These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND and we are in the candidacy application and review process for our proposed Future Education Model Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health program in nutrition and dietetics.  The combined RD/MS program track is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the candidacy application process when the program receives accreditation from ACEND.

Please see the program webpage, https://www.uwgb.edu/nutrition-and-integrated-health/ for up-to-date information concerning all aspects of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health.

Admission Requirements 

A maximum of 24 students will be admitted into the program each year. 
Each student’s prior academic background is evaluated by the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay program Chair. Students who show exceptional promise but lack the minimal prerequisites may be admitted provisionally. Applicants are not required to take the GRE for admission.

Minimum Admission to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health program requires:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or better in:
    • Biology with a lab
    • General Chemistry I with a lab
    • General Chemistry II with a lab
    • Organic Chemistry or Bio-Organic Chemistry with a lab
    • Biochemistry or Nutritional Biochemistry
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with a lab
    • General or Introductory Psychology 
    • Human Nutrition*
    • Introductory Statistics 
    • Microbiology with a lab
    • Genetics/Human Genetics*
    • Food Science/Food Chemistry with a lab*

         *Upon admission into the master’s program, up to two of these courses may be taken in the first year.
 

Required Application Material 

  1. UW System application form (apply.wisconsin.edu)
  2. $56.00 application fee
  3. Official Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions of higher learning from which 9 or more credits have been attempted are required. If you attended less than 9 credits you do not have to send an official transcript unless the courses completed were pre-requisites for the program. Study abroad transcripts are not required if a student attended an international University for one or fewer semesters. NOTE: If you attended UW-Green Bay you do not have to send UW-Green Bay transcripts.
    1. Electronic transcripts can be sent to: uwgb@uwgb.edu 
    2. Hard copy transcripts can be mailed to: 
      UW-Green Bay Admissions 
      2420 Nicolet Drive
      Green Bay, WI 54311
  4. Two letters of evaluation or recommendation letter with at least one letter from an academic reference. Each reference letter must come directly from the reference and be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies email, gradstu@uwgb.edu  
  5. Resume: please include all work and volunteer experiences. Your resume may be uploaded as part of your application or can be emailed to gradstu@uwgb.edu 
  6. Personal Statement: (maximum of 1000 words).  Please describe your professional goals, interest in the nutrition field and interest in pursuing a graduate degree. There is space for your statement on your application or it can be emailed to gradstu@uwgb.edu  

International students will also need to provide the following documentation:

  • A test of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Course-by-course transcript evaluation from a professional evaluation service currently recognized by NACES (www.naces.org). 
  •  UW-Green Bay recommends one of the following evaluation services:

Steps to Apply:

  1. Complete the UWGB online Graduate Application form and pay the $56 application fee
  2. Send Official transcripts to the UWGB Admissions office
  3. Submit two letters of evaluation or recommendation letters
  4. Submit a personal statement (if not included with your application)
  5. Submit a resume or CV (if not included with your application)

Degree Requirements  

Required Courses:
NUT SCI 621Community and Public Health Nutrition4
NUT SCI 627Nutrigenomics and Advanced Nutrient Metabolism3
NUT SCI 685Medical Nutrition Therapy I: An Integrative and Functional Approach3
NUT SCI 686Medical Nutrition Therapy II: An Integrative and Functional Approach3
NUT SCI 712Culinary Medicine3
NUT SCI 750Micronutrient Metabolism Across the Lifespan3
NUT SCI 753Biostatistics and Research Methods4
NUT SCI 754Nutritional Epidemiology3
NUT SCI 787Advanced Nutrition Assessment and Counseling3
NUT SCI 796Special Topics in Nutrition3
NUT SCI 799Capstone Project, Thesis3
Elective3
Total Credits38

Progress to Degree  

  1. Prospective student submits an admission application and is recommended for admission.
  2. Applicant is admitted to the Nutrition and Integrated Health graduate program.
  3. The student develops a Capstone project or thesis which is defined in consultation with the program faculty and adviser.
  4. The student files an Application for Graduation with the Registrar’s Office through the Student Information System (SIS). The application must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar in the fall semester for spring and summer semester graduates.
  5. Upon successful completion of the Capstone project or thesis and all other graduation requirements, the degree is awarded and graduate receives diploma.

Faculty  

              Le Zhu, PhD, RDN

Dr. Zhu instructs courses in areas of Food Science, Community Nutrition, and Ethnic Studies, and serves as the faculty adviser for UWGB-Food Recovery Network student organization. Her research revolves around food chemistry such as iron fortification and bioavailability studies. She is also involved in Public Health research, examining various tools to help promote healthy donations to food pantries as one piece of the puzzle in alleviating food insecurity.  

Sara Wagner, MS, RDN

Sara Wagner, MS, RDN, is the director of the undergraduate dietetics program at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, where she teaches courses in medical nutrition therapy and foodservice.  Ms. Wagner teaches using cutting-edge research, encouraging students to elevate the role of the nutrition professional by providing personalized and evidence-based care.  Wagner is currently researching self-care practices and markers of well-being in dietetic professionals. 

Heather Masters, MS, RDN, CD

Heather Masters, MS, RDN, CD coordinates the scheduling of all supervised experiential learning rotation sites with Registered Dietitians within the community ensuring all program curriculum meet the standards of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) as well as remains relevant to prepare our interns to be competitive entry-level professionals. An essential portion of Heather’s role includes intern recruitment, advisement, evaluation and counseling in coordination with our Registered Dietitian Preceptors and University Faculty and Staff.

Heather’s has extensive experience with behavior change counseling in relation to wellness, sports nutrition, weight and chronic disease management demonstrated while practicing within the clinical outpatient setting as well as during her work as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer in the health and fitness field.

Heather’s nutrition philosophy focuses on integrative nutrition and wellness promoting quality nutrition in addition to maintaining health through functional movement.

Debra Pearson, PhD, RDN

Debra Pearson is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrated Health Program at UW-Green Bay, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of California-Davis. Her fields of interest include nutrigenomics, phytochemicals and heart disease, the effect of agricultural practices on the nutrient profile of foods and she is currently doing research on vitamin D, omega-3 fats and ovarian cancer. She teaches courses in nutrigenomics, advanced nutrient metabolism, life cycle nutrition, biochemistry and culinary medicine. She is passionate about moving the dietetics profession forward in delivering evidence-based integrative, dietary and lifestyle nutrition medicine to improve human health.