Online Master of Science (MS)

Nutrition: Community Nutrition

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online Master of Science in Nutrition degree with a concentration in Community Nutrition. Graduates will be prepared for careers as nutrition educators, health professionals, and researchers.

Credit Hours

30 + a Project

Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775


Asynchronous & Synchronous

Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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A Nutrition Degree That Enables You to Serve Your Community

A master’s degree in Nutrition with a Community Nutrition concentration from the University of Tennessee can lead to excellent careers and professional opportunities in the public, voluntary, and private health sectors. Students in this concentration will be trained in competencies needed to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and to work in the community in a variety of roles (including as nutrition educators, WIC nutritionists, worksite health and wellness coaches, wellness program coordinators) and settings (including the public health department, community agencies, and in Extension programs [such as SNAP or EFNEP]).

In addition to departmental requirements provided on the Department of Nutrition page of this catalog, prerequisites to this program include completion of an undergraduate human nutrition survey course and an undergraduate statistics course. For those lacking only the undergraduate nutrition prerequisite, the student will be required to complete this or a similar class upon admission to our program.

Featured Courses

Some of the required courses include: 

NUTR 626: Life Course Nutrition

Advanced nutrition principles related to needs across the life cycle will be explored in-depth (i.e., pregnancy, fetal development, lactation, infancy, early-, middle-, and late-childhood, adolescence, and young-, middle-, and late-adulthood). Factors associated with the ability to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, at each relevant stage, will be discussed. An emphasis will be placed on the impact of these concepts on the maternal and child population.

NUTR 540: Public Policy in Action

An overview of health- and nutrition-related public policies and legislation in Tennessee and the United States; development of effective policy briefs, op-eds, podcasts, and advocacy speeches to educate policymakers and the public about important public health priorities and/or legislation; development of advocacy skills through simulations and virtual meetings with policymakers and community stakeholders; teams will work to develop policy briefs.

NUTR 510: Applied Human Nutrition

Overview of nutrient functions in fundamental biological processes (in non-disease states), including energy transformation, metabolic regulation, and growth/development, all with emphasis on application in community and public health settings, including the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), and nutrition-related evidenced-based guidelines.

NUTR 503: Community Nutrition Assessment

Examination of the socio-ecological model and nutrition-related protective and risk factors at each level of the model; community nutrition needs assessment, including defining nutrition-related services, gaps, and health disparities in priority populations.

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Ready to Be of Service to Your Community in Nutrition?