Department of Nutrition and Metabolism


The Department of Nutrition and Metabolism's mission is to provide quality training for a diverse group of students in academia, healthcare and education by integrating clinical and professional experiences within an innovative, evidence-based curriculum. The department's research and educational activities are built upon the core values of the School of Health Professions: education, innovation, service, community, and diversity.

Our department offers a full-time combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship (MS/DI). Students enrolled in the MS/DI develop core professional competencies for evidence-based dietetics practice in clinical, community and food service settings. Graduates receive a verification statement and are eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians and become licensed in the state of Texas.

The mission of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Combined Masters of Science / Dietetic Internship is to prepare a diverse population of interns for practice in public service and lifelong learning through innovative curricula and supervised practice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, dietetics employment opportunities are expected to increase 21% (faster than average) between the years 2012-2022. Dietitians with specialized training, an advanced degree, or certifications are projected to enjoy the best employment opportunities. Our students graduate with both an advanced degree and specialized training in areas of aging, pediatrics, metabolism, and research. Over 80% of UTMB MS/DI graduates have acquired employment within seven months of completing the program, and they have secured full-time positions in research, long-term acute care, traditional long-term care, school food service, acute care, and pediatrics.

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