Degree Plans & Curriculum
UTMB Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program
The Department of Nutrition and Metabolism collaborates with the UTMB Rehabilitation Sciences PhD program. Known for having a strong focus on interdisciplinary and translational science, coursework and research opportunities exist in partnership with graduate programs in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health.
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Master of Science Degree with Dietetic Internship Curriculum
The UTMB Combined Master of Science Degree with Dietetic Internship (MS/DI) provides students with 1,240 hours of supervised practice experience in clinical, community, extended care, research, and food service management. The program begins with 11 credits of coursework in the Fall when students matriculate. Thereafter, students will begin one internship rotation in their second semester (Spring) and complete their internship rotations full-time in the third and fourth semesters (Summer and Fall).
A sample program outline is shown below. All 5000 level courses are pass/fail internship rotations. All 6000 level courses are classroom-based and result in a letter grade. Students are assigned to one rotation in the Spring. Community (NUTR 5211) is shown in the example, but students may be assigned to 5411, 5211, 5320, or 5413, depending on their preferences, financial considerations, and availability of sites. For more detail about the academic program calendar and schedule, please see our most recent student handbook.
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|Fall I||NUTR 6400||Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism||4|
|Fall I||NUTR 6402||Quality Management and Informatics in Dietetics||4|
|Fall I||NUTR 6202||Evidence-Based Practice for Clinical Nutrition||2|
|Fall I||NUTR 6107||Ethics and Clinical Nutrition||1|
|Spring||NUTR 6503||Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy||5|
|Spring||NUTR 6304||Weight Control Management||3|
|Spring||NUTR 6205||Nutrition and Metabolism in Sports and Exercise||2|
|Spring||NUTR 6206||Nutrition and Metabolism Seminar||2|
|Spring||NUTR 5211||Community Nutrition (120 hour rotation)||2|
|Summer||NUTR 5413||Food Service Management (240 hour rotation)||4|
|Summer||NUTR 5411||Clinical Nutrition I (240 hour rotation)||4|
|Fall II||NUTR 5412||Clinical Nutrition II (240 hour rotation)||4|
|Fall II||NUTR 5110||Management of Nutritional Care (Staff Relief - 80 hour rotation)||1|
|Fall II||NUTR 5320||Research in Nutrition (200 hour rotation)||3|
|Fall II||NUTR 6108||Professional Issues in Clinical Nutrition||1|
Total Degree Plan Credits: 44 credits
The health-care facilities and other affiliated agencies that will offer the supervised practice experiences in clinical nutrition, food service management and community nutrition are located primarily in the Galveston/Houston area.
The UTMB Galveston campus will be the site of orientation, MS degree coursework, final evaluations, graduation, and will offer the clinical supervised experience for most interns. Site preferences will be taken into account, but the Program Director will make the final decision concerning facility assignments based on criteria outlined in the student handbook. Interns will receive their rotation schedules at least one month before the beginning of the semester. A reliable vehicle is mandatory to complete the internship.
The UTMB School of Health Professions maintains affiliation agreements with over 200 rotation sites, and the MS/DI program most frequently assigns students to the sites below.
To successfully complete the UTMB combined MS/DI Program, the following must be achieved:
- Attendance and active participation during orientation and final evaluation week of internship.
- Completion of all coursework and rotations within 24 months of matriculation.
- Earn an 'A' or 'B' (≥ 80%) in all didactic (6000 level) graduate courses.
- Participate in internship presentation and other culminating experiences.
- Complete a minimum of 1,240 supervised practice hours
- Acceptable preceptor evaluation rating and project performance to earn a passing score for all 5000 level courses.
- Completion and submission of evaluation forms, assignments and case studies as required for each rotation.
An official Verification of Completion enabling the graduate to establish eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians will be provided by the program director after all requirements for program completion have been verified. Registration and State Licensure can be obtained upon completion of the program and successfully passing the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
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