Nutrition and Dietetics, MS

Location
  • Westchester

Culinary Nutrition and Food Equity For Human Health

Our nation is burdened by high rates of nutrition related chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, overweight, and obesity. Pace University’s nutrition and dietetics program is designed to help students address these challenges head on by learning how to teach people to prepare healthful, delicious foods as well as to improve access to healthful, affordable food for everyone.

Our program focuses on the power of prevention and food as medicine. We believe that by giving students the knowledge and skills to work in these key areas of nutrition we will be enabling tomorrow’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) to help people eat well, prevent and reduce chronic disease, and promote longevity.

Program Highlights

  • Two-year, full-time coordinated master’s program fully accredited with Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®)⁠—where graduates will receive the verification statement required to sit for the RDN credentialing exam.
  • The Coordinated Program model allows students to earn the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics Degree and complete the required supervised practice hours (internship) concurrently
    • No need to apply separately for internship or participate in DICAS match
  • Wide variety of supervised practice sites and locations throughout the tristate area to tailor each student’s experience
  • Access to state-of-the-art healthcare simulation center to provide hands on, interactive learning experiences and interprofessional collaboration activities
  • Depth and breadth of coursework is ideal for students with undergraduate degrees in dietetics and other health-related fields as well as career changers

Take Courses Like…

Nutrition Assessment to understand and utilize the Nutrition Care Process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems, and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.

Community and Public Health Nutrition to explore various food assistance programs, public health initiatives, and the effect of public policy on the health and nutrition status of population groups.

Research in Nutrition and Dietetics which introduces students to the fundamentals of research methods and enables students to evaluate, interpret, and implement evidence-based practice.

Food and Nutrition of World Cultures to gain an understanding of the relationships between food and culture, traditional health beliefs and practices, and enhance culinary skills.

Additional Opportunities and Experiences

Students have the opportunity to hone their culinary nutrition skills in a state-of-the-art offsite culinary studio in several culinary focused courses. Clinically focused courses incorporate case-study based learning activities, simulation experiences with standardized patients and body composition analysis activities to prepare students for real life interactions with patients and clients. Students also have to opportunity to collaborate with Pace undergraduate athletes and provide nutrition education to help optimize their performance.

Supervised practice experiences are divided into four rotation categories: food service management, community nutrition, clinical, and elective. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of sites such as farm-to-table restaurants, K-12 school food programs, hospital food service operations, food pantries, Federally Qualified Health Centers, regional hospital systems, community hospitals, private practice settings, long-term care facilities, and much more.

Accreditation Information

Pace University’s Coordinated MS in Nutrition and Dietetics program has been registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®). The program received 7-year initial accreditation in January 2022. The next onsite visit from ACEND® will be scheduled within academic year 2027/2028.

ACEND® is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered. ACEND® can be contacted by:

  • Email: ACEND@eatright.org
  • Phone: (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400
  • Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Graduates of these programs who are verified by the program director are eligible to write the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination for dietitians and dietetic technicians. Note that after January 1, 2024, a master’s degree will be required to write the CDR registration examination for dietitians.

Career Options

Where Dietitians Are Employed

Nutrition and dietetics is a growing field with many traditional job possibilities in hospitals and community-based organizations, as well as an expanding array of non-traditional positions: such as private practice counseling, health coaching, corporate wellness, culinary nutrition education, public policy, health journalism, and research. Our students are prepared to enter the workforce as leaders and innovators in all of these fields.

STATS

16–20

students per class cohort

50%

of graduates receive job offers from preceptors

11%

anticipated employment growth by 2030