About the Program

The Master of Clinical Nutrition–Registered Dietitian/Licensed Health Professional Track is a full-time or part-time post-baccalaureate program for registered dietitians and licensed health professionals who want to enhance their expertise and credentials. This track offers a flexible schedule that lets you start classes in the fall or spring semester. If you attend full time, you can complete the program in two years. If you choose to study part-time, you can take courses at your own pace and have five years to complete your graduation requirements.

We’ve designed the program to deepen your understanding of the latest research and hone your current professional skills. You’ll gain new knowledge about nutritional strategies that are emerging to manage a host of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. You’ll explore the impact of changing food trends and the role of diet in helping people of all ages and levels of health maximize wellness and enhance quality of life.

Because this track is designed for students who are already registered dietitians or licensed health professionals recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services, it doesn’t meet the requirements for eligibility to become a registered dietitian. 

Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Clinical Nutrition–Registered Dietitian/Licensed Health Professional Track are to offer a solid knowledge base in evidence-based nutrition therapy and related sciences and prepare team-oriented clinicians with the skills to excel in acute and chronic care, as well as in community-based intervention programs.

Specifically, successful graduates of this program will have the necessary skills to:

  • Assess the nutritional needs of individuals, based on lifestyle and health status.
  • Provide medical nutrition therapy for patients of all ages across a spectrum of settings from intensive care to home care.
  • Integrate interpretation of biochemical parameters and medications in the nutrition care process.
  • Adapt nutrition counseling strategies to overcome barriers to lifestyle change.
  • Function within interdisciplinary teams to provide nutritional support for patients with complex medical problems.
  • Provide culturally competent nutrition education to populations with diverse nutritional needs.
  • Incorporate knowledge of functional foods, phytochemicals, and food processing, as well as knowledge of nutrient gene interactions.
  • Serve as food and nutrition authorities for the public through mass media and other nutrition information channels.
  • Interpret evidence-based research and formulate research hypotheses to advance evidence-based dietetics.
  • Manage human, material, and financial resources in food and nutrition-related businesses.