Nutrition and Dietetics, MS
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.
- Two-year, full-time coordinated master’s program with ACEND candidacy for accreditation - 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
- Two unique program concentrations with themes that are embedded in classroom learning, supervised practice experiences, and capstone projects
- CULINARY NUTRITION: Students learn to understand food and promote healthful eating through the ability to teach cooking skills and develop healthful, flavorful, and culturally acceptable recipes
- FOOD POLICY/JUSTICE: Students learn about how food insecurity (hunger) intersects with poverty, race/ethnicity, overweight, obesity, and chronic disease
- Access to state-of-the-art healthcare simulation center to provide hands on, interactive learning experiences and interprofessional collaboration activities
- Small class sizes with 16–20 students per class cohort and supportive and dedicated faculty assigned to individually advise students
- 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…
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.
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.
Nutrition Assessment to understand and utilize the Nutrition Care Process to make decisions, identify nutrition-related problems, and determine and evaluate nutrition interventions.
- ND 660 Food and Nutrition of World Cultures
- ND 600 Community and Public Health Nutrition
- ND 640 Research in Nutrition and Dietetics
- ND 560 Nutrition Assessment
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: foodservice 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.
Where Dietitians Are Employed
Employment of RDNs is projected to grow 11% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. 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.