Mass High Tech - UMassOnline to offer master's in health and nutrition

Mass High Tech - UMassOnline to offer master's in health and nutrition

UMassOnline, the web-based offering of the state's public university, has added what it says is the nation's first master's degree program in nutrition.

UMassOnline has launched a master of public health in nutrition degree program. The degree program, offered through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus, is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008, according to the university.

The online master's degree will require students to study problems such as obesity, malnutrition and food insecurity. The program is in response to widespread demand for professionals trained in an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses both nutrition science and public health perspectives, according to a school official. The new program consists of roughly half public health courses and half nutrition courses.

UMassOnline reports it is targeting working professionals, including those with doctoral and medical degrees; registered dietitians; health educators; WIC (special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children) nutrition educators, and others. Candidates studying part time can expect to earn their master's degree in three years.

Date: 11/02/07

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