Nutritional Sciences (NUTR)

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Degree Offered: M.S.

This program is offered in Durham.

The Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems (ANFS) offers the master of science degree in nutritional science. and a Ph.D. in animal and nutritional sciences. ANFS also offers a postgraduate internship in dietetics.

Areas of research specialization include human nutrition, mammalian physiology and pathology, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, and reproduction and endocrinology. Research activities utilize human, animal, and cell culture systems to investigate nutrient metabolism and a molecular-­level understanding of life processes and diseases.

Dietetic Internship Program

In addition to degree-­granting programs, the UNH Nutrition Program offers an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic-approved dietetic internship program. The emphasis of the internship is on "Health Promotion and Disease Prevention." In addition to more than 1,200 hours of practicum work, students earn 16 graduate-level credits as part of the internship. Some of these credits may be applied to a master's degree if the candidate is accepted into the graduate program at UNH.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the program will be expected to present recent scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and possess a background in basic sciences appropriate for advanced study in the proposed area of specialization (for example, courses in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics). Although not required for candidacy in the Ph.D. program, an M.S. degree is suggested for most students. The student's committee may require certain undergraduate courses as part of the graduate program if additional competencies would be beneficial to the student. Students interested in preparing themselves for admittance to a dietetic internship while pursuing the graduate degree should contact Clinical Assistant Professor Maggie Dylewski Begis in advance of applying at (603) 862­-4524, in order to determine the best course of action.

Nutrition (NUTR)

NUTR 830 - From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems

Credits: 4

Integration of diverse human and natural system interactions in a seminar-based course to understand issues in food system sustainability. Examination of food system structure and function from coupled human and natural systems prospectives. Current and topical issues of food and agriculture include: exploration of using natural resources to meeting growing population demands; conflicting views on meeting food and nutrition requirements; impacts of increased stress on natural resources; inequities and discrimination in the food system; impact on dietary guidelines on the environment. Prereq: introductory nutrition course or by permission.

NUTR 840 - Nutrition for Children with Special Needs

Credits: 4

Nutritional assessment and care of children with special needs resulting in feeding difficulties requiring medical nutrition therapy. Prereq: NUTR 400.

NUTR 850 - Nutritional Biochemistry

Credits: 4

Digestion, absorption, transport, and utilization of food nutrients. Role of macro- and micro-nutrients as substrates and catalyst for metabolic pathways. and the role of these pathways in maintaining human health at the cellular, organ and whole body levels. Prereq: two semesters anatomy an physiology; one semester biochemistry; or equivalents.

NUTR 851 - Nutritional Biochemistry of Micronutrients

Credits: 4

Investigation of the nutritional and biochemical aspects of micrnutrient metabolism. All essential vitamins and minerals, as well as some phytonutrients and quasi-nutrients are explored in depth. Nutrients are examined for their molecular, cellular, and metabolic and biomedical functions, as well as the biochemical and clinical consequences of their deficiency or excess. Prereq: NUTR 850 or equivalent.

NUTR 855 - Treatment of Adult Obesity

Credits: 4

Overview of the risk factors associated with obesity; evidence-based recommendations for assessment and treatment of obesity. Counseling skills important to successful weight management and non-diet approaches are also explored.

NUTR 865 - Geriatric Nutrition

Credits: 4

Overview of the physiological changes associated with aging and their impact on preparing, consuming, digesting, absorbing, and metabolizing food. Role of routine nutritional assessment in the promotion of health to prevent and manage chronic disease, with a social focus on the influence of polypharmacy on nutritional status. Prereq: an introductory nutrition course; a life cycle nutrition course.

NUTR 873 - Clinical Nutrition

Credits: 4

Principles and mechanisms of disease that result in altered nutrient requirements in humans. Prereq: one semester introductory nutrition; two semesters anatomy & physiology; one semester biochemistry.

NUTR 880 - Critical Issues in Nutrition

Credits: 4

Critical review and analysis of controversial topics in nutrition; emphasis on developing oral and written communications skills and critical thinking skills. Prereq: NUTR 873 or permission.

NUTR 895 - Investigations

Credits: 1-4

Prereq: permission.

NUTR 898 - Nutrition Research Experience

Credits: 4

Students develop a project of interest and identify a mentor within the department to advise them throughout the project. Students prepare a project proposal for review. Final paper and presentation. May be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits.

NUTR 899 - Master's Thesis

Credits: 1-6

Graduate students must enroll for a total of 6 credits for this course. Students may enroll in 1-6 credits per semester. Permission required. Cr/F.

NUTR 900 - Contemporary Topics in Animal, Nutritional, and Biomedical Sciences

Credits: 1

An informal forum for graduate students to gain experiences in evaluating the current literature of a contemporary topic. (Also offered as ANSC 900.) May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. Offered both fall and spring semesters. Cr/F.

NUTR 929 - Introduction to Dietetics: Principles and Practice

Credits: 4

Orientation for graduate students in the dietetic internship program that encompasses community food and clinical nutrition topics. Concepts include: orientation to the profession, ethical standards of teh Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, counseling theory, basic nutrition assessments, evidenced-based medicine, food safety, research, and emotional intelligence. Group research work is integrated as applicable to the internship design. Practicum-based experiential learning (175 hours) is integrated via hands-on dietetic work which includes: long-term care facilities, culinary art skill development, health promotion initiatives, food service operations, and sustainable food planning and production experiences. Special fee.

NUTR 930 - Diet: Foodservice and Community

Credits: 6

Pre-professional work experiences with continued examination and application of theory and practice in the dietetic profession. Concepts include foodservice management topics such as facility and human resources management, translation of nutrition into foods/menus, procurement, distribution and service within delivery systems, and food safety and sanitation. Community nutrition topics include nutrition screening and assessment, nutrition counseling and education, food security and sustainability, program development and evaluation, as well as exploration of health promotion and disease prevention theory and application. Assignments and supplemental reading reinforce practicum experiences. Practicum experience (500-600 hours) is integrated into the course design. Prereq: Permission and NUTR 929 and/or NUTR 931. Special fee.

NUTR 931 - Dietetics: Clinical Theory and Practice

Credits: 6

Integration of clinical theory and practice in dietetics care. Bi-weekly seminars, on-line assignments and supplemental readings provide a mechanism to examine the nutritional basis of diet and disease relationships and consider appropriate nutritional interventions. Clinical rotations (500-600 hours) provide the opportunity to explore the application of nutritional science principles and practices within inpatient and outpatient environments. Staff responsibility, coupled with an in-depth case study presentation of a current patient with multiple nutrition risk factors, serves as the capstone practicum project. Prereq: Permission and NUTR 929 and/or NUTR 930. Special fee.

NUTR 955 - Topics in Human Obesity

Credits: 4

Various topics related to obesity are discussed from year to year. Topics include: neurregulatory and hormonal mechanisms; role of diet, exercise and energy metabolism, fat as an endocrine organ; obesity, iummune function and chronic disease.

NUTR 995 - Non-thesis Investigations

Credits: 1-4

Advanced investigations in a research project, exclusive of thesis project. Elective only after consultation with the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. (Offered both fall and spring semesters.)