Program Overview

Canisius College offers a Master’s in Applied Nutrition completed entirely online. This program is designed for individuals who want to expand their knowledge of health-related fields, which can be completed in one year. Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. There is no specific major that students must have completed; however, they should have successfully completed course work in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, or biology or be a Registered Dietitian.

Students are required to take 21 credit hours of core courses. These courses include Medical Nutrition Therapy, Clinical Health Behavior Change, Applied Statistics for the Health Professions, Research Methods in Allied Health, Advanced Nutrition, Nutrition Seminar, and a master’s project or thesis. Students may then choose one of three specialty tracks. The first track, obesity and eating disorders, will require 12 additional credit hours. Students will take Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, Adult and Pediatric Obesity, Eating Disorders in Children and Adults, Sociology of Nutrition, Health Communications in Nutrition, and a guided elective. The second specialty track, fitness and sports nutrition, will require students to take Exercise Prescription, Exercise Physiology, Functional Conditioning, Fitness Psychology, Sports and Fitness Nutrition, and a guided elective. The final track, business and entrepreneurship in nutrition, requires students to take Fundraising for Non-Profits, Economics for Managers, Marketing Solutions, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, and one guided elective.

Upon graduation, the university expects students to have gained numerous skills and met different learning goals. The first of these goals is that students will be able to demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field. The second goal is that students will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field. Third, students will use their skills to benefit and serve society. Lastly, all students should demonstrate professionalism and leadership in their chosen field. Because of the skills learned, graduates will be qualified to assume leadership, management or administrative roles in the nutrition field. They will also be able to conduct and comprehend dietetic research, and apply current research to practice.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    The Canisius College School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is the largest private institution in Western New York accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

    School Overview

    In 1870, German Jesuits constructed a building to establish Canisius College in Buffalo New York. Today, this institute has grown to include 56 structures on 72 acres. More importantly, Canisius College still retains its Catholic and Jesuit heritage.

    Students can pursue over 100 majors, minors, and other programs of study, and Canisius offers students 1,000 plus courses, awarding associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. For students seeking graduate level work, Canisius offers degrees in the fields of business, education, arts & sciences, counseling & human services, allied health, and administration. Options for completion include one hundred percent online coursework, hybrid courses with short residency requirements, half-online and half campus-based courses, and blended courses taught primarily face-to-face with an added web-based component. Canisius College supports distance learners with resources, such as technical help, tutorials, and an online learning readiness webpage.


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