Programs by Campus
Nutrition and Dietetics
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Departmental E-mail: jopalka [at] iupui [dot] edu
Departmental URL: http://shrs.iupui.edu/nutrition_dietetics/
(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin. Requirements may or may not be reflected identically in departmental URLs.)
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
The program is located at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis and utilizes facilities throughout central Indiana. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for Registered Dietitians to deepen their knowledge base and practice skills, particularly in the area of clinical nutrition. The curriculum is designed for the student who has a special interest in the nutritional requirements and provision of nutrition therapy in acute and chronic conditions, or the care of special populations, such as pre-term infants. Program affiliations throughout central Indiana provide the opportunity for the student to work with patient populations in both outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as with the general public. Students may specialize in either adult or pediatric nutrition.
To earn the M.S. degree, a minimum of credit hours at the graduate level are required. Candidates for this degree may petition to apply up to 8 credit hours of graduate work from other institutions or programs to this degree.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) overall, an appropriate level of achievement on the Graduate Record Examination, a current dietetic registration status and three letters of recommendation addressed to the Nutrition and Dietetics Program.
The applicant must submit a completed application form to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, along with two copies of transcripts from all universities attended. Indiana University graduates should request that the Registrar’s Office send unofficial copies of their transcript. Non–Indiana University graduates must submit at least one official transcript from each university attended. Proof of current dietetic registration status is required. A nonrefundable application fee is required. Applications and further information may be obtained by writing to the following address:
Student Enrollment Specialist
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
1140 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5119
A minimum of a 3.0 (B) grade point average in graduate work is required for continuance in graduate study. When the grade point average of a student falls below 3.0 or the student is not making sufficient progress toward the degree, the Graduate Studies Committee will review the student’s record and recommend to the dean that the student be placed on probation. Unless the student achieves a 3.0 grade point average or begins making satisfactory progress, in the next semester of enrollment, the student will not ordinarily be allowed to continue in the graduate program. For more information about academic regulations, contact the program director.
Students may elect to complete a thesis or to take additional course work and complete a problem. Contact the graduate advisor for details.
Degree Requirements for the Thesis and Non-Thesis Options in the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics
(Non-Thesis Option: 18-19 credit hours; Thesis Option: 21-22 credit hours)
- BIOC B500 Biochemistry (3 cr.) and
- PHSL F503 Human Physiology (4 cr.) OR
- BIOL 556 Physiology I (3 cr.) and
- BIOL 557 Physiology II (3cr.)
- NURS R505 Measurement and Data Analysis (3 cr.) OR
- GRAD G651 Introduction to Biostatistics I (3 cr.)
- SHRS N563 Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics (3 cr.) OR
- SHRS W520 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry in the Health Sciences** (3 cr.) OR
- GRAD G610 Topics in Translational and Implementation Research (3 cr.)
- SHRS N598 Research in Nutrition (3 cr.; Thesis Option, 6 cr.)
- SHRS N550 Human Nutritional Pathophysiology I (3 cr.)
Additional Credits chosen from the following:*
(Non-Thesis Option: 17-18 credit hours; Thesis Option: 14-15 credit hours)
- SHRS N552 Human Nutritional Pathophysiology II (3 cr.)
- SHRS N570 Pediatric Nutrition I (3 cr.)#
- SHRS N572 Advanced Pediatric Nutrition (3 cr.)#
- SHRS N576 Leadership in Pediatric Nutrition (3 cr.)#
- Other Graduate Level Courses
Total 36 (for both options)
* There are two tracks in the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students interested in pediatric nutrition enroll in N550, N570, N572, and N576. Students interested in adult nutrition enroll in N550, N552,and additional courses that meet the particular interests of the student and are approved by the graduate advisor.
** Certificate Program in Health Sciences Patient Centered Outcomes
# For students pursuing the E-Learning Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition Program
E-Learning Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nutrition Program
This e-learning certificate requires completion of 12 credits (four courses) and provides registered dietitians with specialized pediatric nutrition knowledge, clinical and leadership skills in pediatric health care. The e-learning certificate course work applies to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree.
SHRS N570 Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)
SHRS N572 Advanced Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)
SHRS N576 Leadership Development in Pediatric Nutrition (3 credits)
One of the following:
SHRS N574 Nutrition Management of High Risk Neonates and Infants (3 credits)
SHRS N596 Clinical Dietetics (3 credits)
Students must complete all required course work (the four designated courses) with a grade of B or better. No credits will be accepted from other institutions to fulfill the requirements of the certificate. No undergraduate courses can be used to fulfill the requirements of the certificate.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
Students admitted into the certificate program must meet all requirements of both the Graduate School and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The minimum admissions requirements are: bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, evidence of dietetic registration, and a total undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. To be admitted into the certificate program, students must submit the following:
- Evidence of dietetic registration.
- Official undergraduate transcripts.
- 300-500 word personal statement of academic and professional goals.
- Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s academic and professionalperformance.
- Application for e-learning certificate program "Leadership in Clinical Pediatric Nutrition."
E-learning Certificate Advisor
Karyl Rickard, 224 Coleman Hall, 1140 West Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5180, (317) 278-0933,
krickard [at] iupui [dot] edu
Applications and further information maybe obtained by contacting:
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
School of Health and Rehabilitation Services
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
1140 West Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5119