Nutrition and Wellness (M.S.N.W.)

Master of Science


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In our dynamic health care environment, it is essential for health practitioners to develop skills for fostering improved health outcomes.

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness program at Benedictine University provides a powerful foundation in nutrition science and wellness knowledge and applications. This degree serves as a portal to careers in health promotion and risk reduction, and community education. Learning at Benedictine University combines instructional expertise with individual initiative, creativity, and applications so that the adult learner will find the educational experience a stepping stone to professional success.

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Students in the Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness program have the opportunities to:

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and application of key areas of nutritional science and be able to present evidence-based professional communications.
Apply the scientific method for planning and conducting evaluation and outcomes-based research.
Become vital ingredients in community-based nutrition and wellness programs.
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Available Concentrations

  • Health Education and Promotion – Aligned with competencies for health educators in community and other health care environments.
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurship – Provides flexibility by allowing you to select some of your electives in nutrition, business, or public health to best meet your professional and personal goals.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Nutrition and Wellness Alumni

Alumni of this program have an edge in the job market and may also enjoy better job prospects. Job settings may include: hospitals, government agencies, outpatient care centers, and nursing and residential care facilities. Job growth for dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 8% from 2019 to 2027, much faster than the average for all occupations, due in part to greater awareness of diet’s impact on health and its role in treating illnesses (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020 Sept. 1).

Not Your Traditional Nutrition Degree

This program is not your traditional nutrition degree. It is unique by providing a strong evidence-based life science foundation coupled with a choice of a concentration. Offered exclusively online, students can complete this degree in as few as 16 months. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition/dietetics may be able to progress at a faster pace as they may have already met course prerequisites prior to entering the program.

Become a Positive Force

Designed for those who want to be a positive force of change in the world and help others make tangible lifestyle changes, the Benedictine University Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Wellness program prepares students to become vital ingredients in local-through-global nutrition and wellness programs.

Interrelationships Between Food and Health

This program creates and maintains a learning environment that focuses on critical thinking; acquisition of evidence-based comprehensive knowledge of the interrelationships between food and nutrition; and physical, mental and emotional health. Additionally, the ongoing development of applied knowledge on preventive and health-promotion concerns to diverse populations hones the professional skills required to be an exceptional health professional.

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I love being an integral partner in promoting health via foods and nutrition programs that meet higher standards being set forth in K-12, health care, lodging, military, restaurants and convenience store channels. Tailored nutrition is key. One size does not fit all.

David Grotto, Nutrition and Wellness

M.S. Nutrition and Wellness with Entrepreneurship Concentration ’14
Senior Nutrition Business Partner at Kellogg’s Nutrition

Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness Faculty

Bonnie Beezhold, Nutrition

Bonnie Beezhold, PhD, MHS, MCHES®
Associate Dean, College of Science and Health
Associate Professor, Dept. of Nutrition and Public Health

Catherine Arnold, Nutrition

Catherine Arnold, Ed.D., M.S., RDN, LDN

Annie Lin, Nutrition

Annie W. Lin, Ph.D., RDN
Assistant Professor


Bonnie Beezhold, PhD, MHS, MCHES®
Associate Dean, College of Science and Health
Associate Professor | Dept of Nutrition and Public Health
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