Students may select to complete a thesis under the direction of their major professor and committee OR they may take 6 additional credit hours from program electives and complete a comprehensive paper followed by an oral examination with their committee. Students electing to complete the thesis option will present a formal seminar of their research findings followed by an oral examination with their committee.
Required core courses for all students (9 credit hours) include:
- FNDH 775 – Research in Health Sciences (3 credits)
- FNDH 891 – Environmental Scanning and Analysis of Current Issues in Dietetics (3 credits)
- STAT 703 – Introduction to Statistical Methods for the Sciences (3 credits)
Thesis option courses (27 credit hours) include:
- Thesis Research (6 credits)
- Elective Courses (21 credits)
The non‐thesis option includes 27 credit hours of course work.
For both the thesis and non-thesis options, courses will cover a variety of topics to meet the needs of the diverse dietetics profession including clinically-oriented nutrition courses, community or nutrition and health courses, health care administration, management-oriented courses, food science and food service management.