2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Nutrition and Dietetics, M.S. (Integrated Masters in Nutrition & Dietetics)

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Karen Harouse-Bell. M.S., R.D., CDCES, L.D.N., Program Director

Doreen Tracy. M.S., R.D. 


The graduate portion of the Integrated Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics integrates advanced-level online graduate course work with supervised experiential learning areas near campus. Students will learn critical thinking and scientific skills needed for clinical practice, management and leadership. Our program inspires interprofessional collaboration and growth, education, and offers opportunities to achieve expanded roles in nutrition practice.

This degree provides both didactic coursework and supervised experiential learning integrated in one program, preparing students to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN). In 2024. all Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs) entering the field will be required to have master’s level degree to enter the profession.

The program offers:
  • a blend of strong supervised experiential learning opportunities
  • a clinical skills workshop
  • various resource sessions and modules to support students in successfully demonstrating required skills and competencies in a variety of practice settings
  • A minimum of 1200 hours of supervised experiences planned and arranged by the faculty individualized to meet the students’ goals
  • An RD Exam Review Workshop and use of RD exam software
  • Individualized advising for post-bac or transfer students.   

Seton Hill University MS in Nutrition and Dietetics is a candidacy program seeking full accreditation by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Program graduates will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Only ACEND-accredited programs can train individuals to become RDNs.

Students who are enrolled in the B.S. in Nutrition Science at Seton Hill and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 will be admitted directly into the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics upon completion of the bachelor’s degree requirements.

Students with any other undergraduate degree from Seton Hill or any institution must complete prerequisite courses before being admitted into the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. The prerequisite courses are listed below.

There is a maximum of thirteen seats in each class.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Synthesize theories and concepts from the liberal arts, science and nutrition as a foundation for professional practice in a global population.
  2. Execute nutrition care and dietetics practice reflecting standards of human dignity, ethical decision making, integrity, social justice and respect.
  3. Evaluate research findings and adapt nutritional care and education for client-focused, evidence based practice.
  4. Engage in the delivery of quality nutrition and dietetic care and services that promote health, considering health disparities in vulnerable populations.
  5. Communicate effectively in social, public and professional setting with various populations.
  6. Uphold leadership, business and management principles to guide practice and achieve operational goals.


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