Health Education and Nutrition Entrepreneurship Concentrations

Gain knowledge that transforms you and your clients

In your master’s program in Nutrition and Wellness foundation courses, you will study topics including:

  • The impact, pathophysiology, psychological implications and treatment of obesity.
  • Complementary nutrition therapies.
  • The research process including data analysis and steps to formulate evidenced-based decisions.
  • Management of wellness programs.
  • Macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism.
  • Holistic views of health.
  • The impact of nutrition on public health.

In addition to your foundation courses, you will choose a concentration in either Health Education or Nutrition Entrepreneurship.

Concentration in Health Education

This concentration will teach you to evaluate the health of communities from a holistic and environmental perspective. You will learn to implement strategies for behavior change in various settings and to assess, evaluate and develop health communications programs using current media-based technologies. Additionally, you will learn the principles of crisis communications to address the health needs of specific audiences. For your research component, you will either conduct empirical research or evaluate a health education assessment or intervention, perhaps in your own workplace.

The Health Education concentration prepares you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

Course descriptions are as follows:

  • NTR 530 Science of Sports Nutrition
    This course examines the metabolic and physiologic basis for macronutrient and micronutrient recommendations during training, competition/performance and recovery.
  • MPH 609 Cultural Context of Health Care
    Students learn about cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life course as well as culturally appropriate approaches to public health practice, research, policy development and health disparities.
  • MPH 632 Public Health Education
    Coursework covers evidence-based methods of health education and promotion addressing major risk factors for death, injury and disability. Students study planning models for health education and health promotion and develop a thorough understanding of different populations and their health education needs related to age, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status and other special needs.
  • MPH 688 Media, Technology and Public Health
    This course focuses on the role of mass media, social networking and other emerging technology-based tools in wellness programs. Students study the major steps of health education and communication planning and develop a cohesive tactical plan to communicate with a specific demographic.

Concentration in Nutrition Entrepreneurship

The Nutrition Entrepreneurship concentration prepares you to establish, expand and manage a nutrition-related business and to advocate for the dietetics profession. Coursework integrates business theories with a nutrition component. Learn about leadership skills; marketing strategy; self-promotion strategies through websites, blogs and other social media; strategic decision making; consumer behavior; public health policy; and more.

Course descriptions are as follows:

  • MGMT 552 Leadership
    Coursework focuses on alternative models of leadership and their effects on employee and organizational performance. Students learn about the fundamental differences between leadership and management, how to recognize individual differences in cognitive style, and strategies for expanding their own and others’ creativity to facilitate organizational innovation.
  • MBA 559 Entrepreneurship
    This course deals with new venture management, examining entrepreneurial personalities, managing creativity and establishing a successful enterprise with in the health entrepreneurship context. Students will be able to assess the feasibility of new business concepts and ideas, and explain and analyze new business venture management principles.
  • MBA 622 Creativity & Innovation in Business
    Students explore individual and group methods to enhance innovation in an organization. Topics include theories of creativity and using technologies to develop new products and processes.
  • NTR 657 Nutrition Communications Through Technology
    This course focuses new and emerging technologies for collaboration and communication, and how to use them to effectively disseminate information about nutrition education and services. Students learn to analyze the effectiveness of nutrition interventions, critique the use of new and emerging communication technologies, and design a multimedia nutrition and health education program.
  • NTR 658 Venture Planning in Nutrition
    In this course, students have the opportunity to put into practice methodologies and processes that every business needs to undergo before launching. Students learn to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the traditional venture launch and lean startup model, assess challenges and risks, assess revenue models and create a venture pre-launch, launch and post-launch plan.

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