The nutrition, dietetics and sensory sciences master's program emphasizes a variety of areas within the field of nutrition science. Designed to be customizable to each student's background, interests and career goals, the master's track prepares students for a variety of academic, industry and government positions within the field of nutrition.
In addition to nutrition courses, students can take coursework in animal sciences and industry, grain science and industry, biochemistry, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, psychology, biology, business education and interdisciplinary international courses as electives.
Concentrations include sensory analysis and consumer behavior, nutrition and exercise sciences, nutritional sciences, public health nutrition and nutrition education and communication.
Careers in Nutrition, Dietetics and Sensory Sciences
The broad range of customizable options within this master's track allow for a variety of career options upon completion of the degree. Careers in nutrition often include work with special groups who are at risk for nutrition-related health problems, such as pregnant women, infants and the elderly.
Many health nutritionists have careers with organizations such as:
- local health departments
- community wellness programs
- agencies involved in international development
In addition, dietitians often work in health care facilities or public health settings, including:
- extended care facilities
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs
- food stamp programs
- programs for the elderly
- noncommercial and commercial foodservice operations