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EIU Master of Science Nutrition & Dietetics

MSND: Nutrition Education Option (NDNE)

The MSND: Nutrition Education Option (NDNE) focuses on educating and empowering individuals, families, and communities on making healthier food choices. Those graduate students admitted into this program will take 3-4 semester of graduate coursework either on Eastern's campus in Charleston, Illinois or online.  The student has the option of enrolling in the on campus track or the 100% online track. This option is designed to provide a graduate degree for RDNs, those who wish to not earn the RDN credential, and international students.  The Nutrition Education does not include the Dietetic Internship. 

Required Courses: 12 semester hours (Effective Fall 2018)

FCS 5153     Nutrition Education in the Life Cycle (online FA, on campus SP)

FCS 5155     Principles of Nutrition Education & Behavior (online SP, on campus FA)

FCS 5159     Adult Weight Management (online FA only)

FCS 5600     Research Methods in Nutrition and Dietetics (online FA, on campus SP)

Elective Courses: 21 semester hours

Elective courses are any courses number 4750 or higher in which you have completed the prerequisites or you get permission of the instructor to take.  The courses do not have to be all related to nutrition and dietetics. For a list of suggested elective courses, click here.

Sample Timelines for Completion

Full-time Online

Full-time Hybrid

Part-time Online

Graduate Study Plan Stipulations

  1.  You are limited a maximum of 12 semester hours of coursework taken between 4750 and 4999. 
  2. You must have a minimum of 21 hours of coursework excluding FCS 5950, FCS 5980, and FCS 5990.
  3. You must complete 33 semester hours.
  4. There is no limit to the number of semester hours that you can take online, if you are in the on-campus track.
  5. In consultation with your graduate advisor, draft your graduate study plan and submit for approval by the MSND Coordinator within the first few weeks of your second semester taking courses. Your graduate advisor will know which courses will be offered online and which ones will be on campus for the next two years.
  6. Per Graduate School policy, you have six years to complete your degree.

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Contact Information

MSND graduate program, contact:
Melanie Tracy Burns, PhD, RD
MSND Graduate Coordinator

600 Lincoln Avenue
1439 Klehm Hall
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
(217) 581-6353
Fax: (217) 581-6090

Dietetic Internship at EIU, contact:
Melissa K. Maulding
Instructor and DI Coordinator

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6090

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