116 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Nutrition Program science, nutrition practice, and physical education programs. The M.S. in Nutrition provides an excellent interprofessional graduate degree for students in other health professions, such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, or pharmacy. Course of Study The curriculum is designed so that all students receive a 21-credit-hour core in the fundamentals of nutrition. Included in those requirements, all students complete a culminating capstone project on an original individual research topic or community-based impact idea for implementation. Both involve the basic components or research—collecting data and translating information into a meaningful idea that advances the state of nutrition practice. Students select electives to a generalist program of study or can declare concentrations in sports nutrition, community nutrition, functional nutrition and herbal therapy, nutrition research, or professional practice. As the requirements for the Professional Practice Concentration are highly prescribed, please see the dedicated section to this option for full details. Most students take one or two courses each term. All students must complete the program within six years from the date of matriculation. A full-time graduate course of study is 6 credit hours per term for at least the fall and winter semesters. ProgramMission The Mission of the Master of Science in Nutrition is to develop a cadre of interprofessional leaders who integrate and promote the role of nutrition in a dynamic and changing society. Program Goals 1. Prepare graduates who demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to solve problems in the nutritional sciences. 2. Prepare graduates who formulate and communicate nutrition information using effective strategies, advocacy, and integrated systems of care. 3. Prepare graduates who apply concepts of social influence, cultural competence, and environmental dimensions of nutrition within the community. 4. Prepare graduates who promote health and wellbeing throughout the life course by applying knowledge of human metabolism and nutrient functions, assessment techniques, and emerging evidence to inform practice. Admissions Requirements The Master of Science in Nutrition programevaluates the overall quality of its applicants, looking at academic achievement, personal motivation, knowledge of health care, profession- related experience, and recommendation. Specific criteria for admission are as follows: • The applicant must hold a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or terminal professional degree from a regionally accredited college or university (international applicants must provide evidence of institutional approval or acceptance). • A cumulative overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above, fromall institutions attended and/or graduated from, on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) is preferred. • One letter of recommendation is required. Applicants will be assessed on key areas such as leadership skills, interpersonal skills, stress management, etc. The letter may be submitted by an instructor from the applicant’s institution of higher learning or from an employer or work colleague who is not a relative or spouse. • The applicant must show the ability to clearly express himself or herself in writing, as demonstrated by a written statement submitted in the application to the program. Prerequisites Prospective applicants must show satisfactory completion (a grade of C or higher) of at least one semester of each of the following courses, taken at a regionally accredited college or university: • anatomy and physiology (or equivalent course approved by program director) • biology • organic chemistry Completion of one semester course of biochemistry is preferred, but not required. All prospective applicants are invited to contact the program office to develop a plan for entry into the program. In addition to the above requirements, prospective applicants to the Professional Practice Concentration (ACEND Accreditation) must also have satisfactory completion (a grade of C or higher) of at least one semester of each of the following courses, taken at a regionally accredited college or university: • general chemistry • human nutrition • microbiology • statistics University policy will be followed in terms of acceptance of transfer credits (refer to Transfer of Credits section).