The Degree of Master of Science in Human Nutrition


Mission Statement

The mission of the MS in Human Nutrition is to advance nutrition research and dietetics practice in Lebanon through an intellectually stimulating training, tailored mentorship and advanced course work. The program provides a strong scientific foundation in nutrition, tied with hands-on experience in relevant areas of nutrition research and practice. The program aims at advancing critical thinking and problem solving skills in graduates, which enable them to respond to rising nutrition and health concerns. It strives to promote in students a strong commitment to ethical standards, lifelong learning, multidisciplinary collaboration, effective evidence-and theory-based nutrition care and education to individuals and communities.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the MS in Human Nutrition program are to: 

  1. Equip graduates with strong research competencies, gained through  personalized and enlightened  mentorship, required to pursue doctoral studies; 
  2. Develop life-long learner graduates who are able to deliver optimal individualized nutritional plans and community intervention programs  through maintaining up-to-date knowledge and applying research findings in practice; 
  3. Prepare graduates to progress to advanced level of practice in clinical and community and food service setting through diversified coursework and extensive research  training;
  4. Acquire critical thinking, leadership, teamwork and communication  skills to optimize a graduate's professional development while upholding high ethical standards;
  5. Prepare graduates to be pioneers in responding to emerging nutrition, health and food issues affecting the national and global communities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates of the MS in Human Nutrition Program will be able to:

  1. Integrate scientific literature critically and theoretical knowledge in assessment and improvement of the nutritional status of individuals and communities along the food supply chain (POb b H, POb e H);
  2. Conduct appropriate methodology and analytical techniques, in the context of community nutrition, clinical nutrition and food science settings (POb a H, POb c H);
  3. Demonstrate culturally oriented communication and counseling competencies, needed in nutrition practice  (POb d H and POb e H);
  4. Acquire professional competencies such as leadership, teamwork, written, oral and communication as well as life-long learning; while upholding high ethical standards (POb b H,  POb c H, POb d H and POb e W);
  5. Develop pertinent research methodology to be applied in the context of community nutrition, clinical nutrition and food science settings (POb a H and POb c H);

Admission Requirements

  • BS in Nutrition or a related field of study:  If the applicant has a BS in any health science background other than Nutrition, he/ she will have to complete 9-12 credits of undergraduate nutrition courses and earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 in these courses.
  • Cumulative GPA:  A GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required, but GPA 2.7-2.99 will be conditionally accepted pending completion of 9-12 credits of courses in the areas of identified deficiencies and earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 in these courses.
  • English Communication Skills: Applicants from institutions where English is not the language of instruction will be required to sit for either the NDU English Entrance Test or TOEFL.
  • Interview: Applicants whose undergraduate degree is not from NDU may be asked for an interview by the Faculty.
Candidates may pursue either a thesis (MS with research) or a non-thesis (Applied MS with considerable course work) program of study. Candidates can do research in the areas of nutrition and psychology, biochemistry, clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, or public health nutrition.

Graduation Requirements
To satisfy the requirements for the degree of MS in Human Nutrition, the student must complete a total of 35 credits with an overall average of at least 3.0/4.0. The distribution of credits per option is as follows:

  1. Non-thesis option (Applied MS or Course-work option):
    1. Required courses: 26 credits
    2. Elective courses: 9 credits
  2. Thesis option:
    1. Required courses: 20 credits
    2. Elective courses: 6 credits
    3. Thesis: 9 credits
The Thesis option provides the necessary background and research experience; this option is more appropriate for students planning to pursue a Ph.D. The course-work option is designed to provide a broader background in Nutrition and is more appropriate for students planning to join the market place. Additional courses may be taken in biology, education, and biostatistics.

Degree Requirements (Non-Thesis Option) (35 Credits)

1- Complete the following 10 required courses (26 credits): 
NTR 650, NTR 651, NTR 652, NTR 653, NTR 655, NTR 681, NTR 682, NTR 665, NTR 690, HEA 610.

2- Complete 3 courses from the following list of elective courses (9 credits):
NTR 620, NTR 630, NTR 633, NTR 635, NTR 641, NTR 642, NTR 660, NTR 670 and HEA 601.

3-Pass one written comprehensive examination: 
The examination shall be conducted after having completed required courses (other than NTR 665 and NTR 690), with an overall average of 3.0/4.0.

Suggested Program (MS in Human Nutrition-Non-ThesisOption) (35 Credits)

Fall Semester I (9 Credits)
NTR 651 Advanced Macronutrients Nutrition & Metabolism 3 cr.
NTR 653 Advanced Nutrition throughout the Lifecycle 3 cr.
HEA 610 Essentials of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3 cr.
Spring Semester I (10 Credits)
NTR 652 Advanced Micronutrients Nutrition & Metabolism 3 cr.
NTR
650
Research Methods in Human Nutrition
3 cr.
NTR 681 Human Nutrition Seminar I 1 cr.
NTR --- Elective 3 cr.
Fall Semester II (9 Credits)
NTR 690 Research Project 3 cr.
NTR
655
Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
3 cr.
NTR --- Elective 3 cr.
Spring Semester II (7 Credits)
NTR 682 Human Nutrition Seminar II
1 cr.
NTR --- Elective 3 cr.
NTR 665 Applied MS Practicum 3 cr.  

Degree Requirements (Thesis Option) (35 Credits)

1- Complete the following eight required courses (20 credits): 
NTR 650, NTR 651, NTR 652, NTR 653, NTR 670, NTR 681, NTR 682 and HEA 610.

2- Complete 3 courses from the following list of elective courses (9 credits):
NTR 620, NTR 630, NTR 633, NTR 635, NTR 641, NTR 642, NTR 655, NTR 660, HEA 601.

3- Complete the MS thesis requirements (9 credits):
NTR 691, NTR 692, and NTR 693.

Suggested Program (MS in Human Nutrition-Thesis Option) (35 credits)

Fall Semester I (9 Credits)
NTR 651 Advanced Macronutrients Nutrition & Metabolism 3 cr.
NTR 670 Techniques in Nutrition Research 3 cr.
HEA 610 Essentials of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3 cr.
Spring Semester I (10 Credits)
NTR 652 Advanced Micronutrients Nutrition & Metabolism 3 cr.
NTR
650
Research Methods in Human Nutrition
3 cr.
NTR 691 Human Nutrition MS Thesis I 3 cr.
NTR 681 Human Nutrition Seminar I 1 cr.
Fall Semester II (9 Credits)
NTR --- Elective 3 cr.
NTR 692 Human Nutrition MS Thesis II
3 cr.
NTR 653 Advanced Nutrition throughout the Lifecycle 3 cr.

Spring Semester II (7 Credits)

NTR 682 Human Nutrition Seminar II
1 cr.
NTR --- Elective 3 cr.
NTR 693 Human Nutrition MS Thesis III 3 cr.