In our dynamic health care environment, it is essential for health practitioners to develop skills for fostering improved health outcomes. The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program at Benedictine University provides a powerful foundation in nutrition and health risk assessment, motivation, intervention and evaluation. This degree serves as a portal to careers in health promotion and risk reduction, therapeutic intervention and community education. In addition to professional preparation, the program also provides an excellent background for those who plan to pursue a doctorate. The research component is applied. For example, a team of students examine the outcomes of a health education assessment or intervention or conduct empirical research.
This master degree program is unique in providing a life science-based foundational core, as well as an opportunity to select a concentration to best meet one's own learning needs.
For more information, refer to the MS Curriculum link on this website and the M.S. Handbook.
On Campus (Lisle) Program
Our traditional M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Program is designed for working adults. Foundation courses are offered as an evening program, meeting once per week on the Lisle campus, so that a students' professional life can continue. Students typically enroll in two courses per quarter, completing the degree in about two years. Students can select from three concentrations: Dietetic Internship (Community Emphasis), Health Education, or Sports Nutrition. Students may begin their courses in the program in any of the four quarter terms; however, summer or fall terms are best. Students may begin with the foundation courses or may move directly into their areas of concentration.
This is the only Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness in the country that is combined with a Dietetic Internship program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy). Acceptance into the Dietetic Internship concentration is by separate application (from the M.S.) at times designated by the ACEND of the Academy. Students accepted into the Dietetic Internship program attend the program full-time beginning each the fall. In addition to completing the foundation courses in the evenings, students in this concentration complete the dietetic internship practice experience full-time four days a week, as well as some day or weekend courses. Dietetic interns normally complete the program in sixteen months. We do not offer a distance dietetic internship program.
For more details about the application and acceptance process refer to the M.S. Handbook.
Benedictine University offers a high quality, fully online M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program with the choice of a concentration in Health Education or Nutrition Entrepreneurship. The interactive online format offers one the flexibility to earn a master's degree from an established, reputable university while continuing personal and professional pursuits.