2024 NSU Fact Book

88 NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Colleges and Academic Centers The Master of Science (M.S.) in Disaster and Emergency Management, established in 2012, is a 36-credit degree program. The degree program is designed to provide students with the requisite theoretical knowledge and applied skills needed to work in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of disaster and emergency management. A community research practicum at the local, state, federal, or international level also is a key component of the program. Several degree tracks are offered, including maritime safety and security, cybersecurity, law enforcement/criminal justice, and public health. The program content is offered exclusively online and incorporates interactive, live video through technology platforms to engage distance learners from all over the globe. The mission of the Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition is to develop a cadre of interprofessional leaders for a global society who integrate and promote the role of nutrition in a dynamic and changing society. The program is designed to enhance critical thinking and the ability to solve problems in the nutritional sciences. To meet the demand for prevention of chronic diseases, the innovative curriculum prepares graduates to promote health and well-being by applying knowledge of human metabolism and nutrient functions, assessment techniques, and emerging evidence to inform practice. The rich, interprofessional setting in NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Health Professions Division provides a collaborative learning environment for this vital area of study. The M.S. in Nutrition (at least 30 credits) is offered fully online with regular live meetings or in a hybrid format with select courses offered on campus. Students take a required core of 21 credits, including an applied capstone course near the end of the program. They can choose a generalist program with a minimum of three elective courses (9 credits) or to concentrate their electives (12 credits) in sports nutrition, community nutrition, nutrition research, or functional nutrition and herbal therapy. All graduates are invited to participate in spring commencement. In addition, the M.S in Nutrition Professional Practice Concentration (74 credits) was approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. This highly prescribed course of study is the only pathway leading to eligibility for entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). Students are admitted once a year in the summer and follow the program as a cohort. Once admitted into the general degree program, students in good standing can also apply as internal candidates for this accredited pathway. NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Professions Division parallel the inter- professional delivery model of patient-care settings. Medical professionals who choose to teach in the Health Professions Division must be able to train graduates to integrate multiple forms of reasoning and knowledge in order to provide the best patient care. To this end, the college offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Medical Education degree. This 30-credit, online program is designed to enhance professional education and teaching skills of clinical faculty members and community preceptors, as well as expand the ability to facilitate the learning process of students and residents in a variety of clinical settings. The M.S. in Medical Education program incorporates the most recent educational technologies into a robust, 10-course program that includes assessment and evaluation, educational methodologies, research, technology in education, and learning styles. While many students choose to follow the traditional, twoyear completion of the degree, there is a one-year completion option available. All students have up to six years to complete the degree, no matter which option they choose at matriculation. Faculty members are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to educate and to motivate students to use what they learn in the program to inspire others. The M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy is designed to help students develop clinical excellence and prepare for careers as marriage and family therapists. Students