Health Sciences with a Concentration in Nutrition (MS) - Accelerated Online Program

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The Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Nutrition online degree program will build your knowledge and give you the skills and confidence to move into management positions in the field of nutrition. This degree program is unique—it is the only accelerated online MSHS Nutrition program in Texas.

Coursework builds your knowledge of nutrition, prevention of obesity, and health maintenance. You will gain knowledge of diseases associated with nutrition, such as eating disorders, and how to correct them and maintain a patient’s health. This program does not qualify graduates to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam.

Future potential job opportunities include department manager within a hospital or healthcare facility, rehab center or nursing home.

This program is only offered in an accelerated format and is 100% online.

Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates must meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in allied health science, business, or related field.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Letter of intent.
  5. 3 hours of undergraduate coursework in physiology or anatomy and physiology.

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 18 Hours

INFS 6340Health Computer Information Systems


HSCI 6300Introduction to the Healthcare System and Quality Improvement


HSCI 6307Healthcare Policy, Organization and Financing


HSCI 6310Research in Health Science


HSCI 6345Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare


HSCI 7302Professional Proposal Writing


Nutrition Concentration - 18 Hours

NUTR 6300Pathophysiology of Disease


NUTR 6310Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle


NUTR 6320Prevention and Treatment of Obesity


NUTR 6330Integrative Nutrition


NUTR 6340Nutrition in Diabetes Patient Care


NUTR 6350Perspectives and Treatment Modalities of Eating Disorders


Total Credit Hours: 36