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 settings. Students enroll in hybrid didactic as well as dietetic internship supervised practice courses all four semesters of the program. The didactic courses meet in-person on Mondays with supplemental online instruction/learning while supervised practice is undertaken Tuesday through Friday.
The degree plan for the program is displayed below. All 5000 level courses are dietetic internship supervised practice rotations and are assessed pass/fail. These are repeatable, variable credit courses and a total of twenty 5000 level credits are required to meet the requirements for program completion. All 6000 level courses are hybrid (in-person + online) and are assessed with letter grades, i.e., A, B, C, and F. Students must successfully complete (grade C or better) all twenty-four 6000 level credits for program completion. Please see our most recent student handbook for additional details.
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|Fall I||NUTR 6109||Professional Development||1|
|Fall I||NUTR 6207||Quality and Informatics I||2|
|Fall I||NUTR 6209||Evidence-Based Practice||2|
|Fall I||NUTR 6210||Nutrition Care Process||2|
|Fall I||NUTR 500X||Supervised Practice Course||1-6|
|Spring||NUTR 6109||Professional Development||1|
|Spring||NUTR 6208||Quality and Informatics II||2|
|Spring||NUTR 6211||Clinical Nutrition I||2|
|Spring||NUTR 6213||Regulation of Human Metabolism||2|
|Spring||NUTR 500X||Supervised Practice Course||1-6|
|Summer||NUTR 6109||Professional Development||1|
|Summer||NUTR 6212||Clinical Nutrition II||2|
|Summer||NUTR 6214||Behavior Counseling and Theories||2|
|Summer||NUTR 6215||Epidemiology of Obesity||2|
|Summer||NUTR 500X||Supervised Practice Course||1-6|
|Fall II||NUTR 6109||Professional Development||1|
|Fall II||NUTR 6216||Nutrition and Physical Activity||2|
|Fall II||NUTR 500X||Supervised Practice Course||1-6|
|Supervised Practice Courses (all required courses)|
|NUTR 5001||Supervised Practice: Clinical|
|NUTR 5002||Supervised Practice: Foodservice|
|NUTR 5003||Supervised Practice: Community|
|NUTR 5004||Supervised Practice: Selective/Specialty|
|NUTR 5005||Supervised Practice: Staff Relief|
Supervised Practice Courses will be taken simultaneously with core courses, per the direction of the Program Director. Credit hour per course varies from 1-6 credit hours. Students must complete a total of 20 credit hours.
Total Credits From Supervised Practice: 20 credits
Total Degree Plan Credits: 44 credits
Our collaborating healthcare facilities, school districts, research labs, business entities, and other affiliated agencies offering supervised practice experiences in clinical nutrition, food service operations management, community nutrition, research, and unique specialties are located primarily in the Galveston/Houston metropolitan area.
Our UTMB Galveston campus is the site for program orientation, MS degree coursework (6000 level courses), final evaluations, commencement/graduation, and multiple supervised practice rotations (5000 level courses). Supervised practice sites are determined exclusively by the program director and are based on criteria outlined in the student handbook. The availability of all supervised practice site locations is subject to change, often due to factors beyond the control of the UTMB MS/DI program. A reliable vehicle and the ability to travel to and from supervised practice sites per preceptor/site requirements is mandatory to successfully 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 the internship.
- Completion of all coursework and rotations within 24 months of matriculation.
- Earn a passing grade in all didactic (6000 level) graduate courses.
- Participate in internship presentations and other culminating experiences.
- Complete a minimum of 1,240 supervised practice hours
- Acceptable preceptor evaluation rating and project performance to earn a passing grade 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.
View information on dietetic registration, certification, and state licensure.