About the Program

Master of Science in Health Sciences Concentration in Nutrition Online

The UTRGV MSHS in Health Sciences Concentration in Nutrition online program can help you deepen your knowledge of nutrition and expand your career options. Core courses introduce you to the health care system and quality improvement, as well as health care policy and research.

About the Program

About the Program
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Complete in as few as 12 months
36 credit hours
$444.44 per credit hour*

The Master of Science in Health Sciences Concentration in Nutrition online degree program will build your knowledge and give you the skills and confidence to move into management positions in the field of nutrition. This degree program is unique—it is the only accelerated online MSHS Nutrition program in Texas.

Coursework builds your knowledge of nutrition, prevention of obesity, and health maintenance. You will gain knowledge of diseases associated with nutrition, such as eating disorders, and how to correct them and maintain a patient’s health.

Future potential job opportunities include department manager within a hospital or healthcare facility, rehab center or nursing home.

Online Courses

Core Courses
INFS 6340 Health Computer Information Systems

This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of health care organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for health care organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for health care organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6300 Introduction to the Health Care System and Quality Improvement

An introduction to the health care system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for health care organizations, as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6307 Health Care Policy, Organization and Financing

This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse's role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6310 Research in Health Sciences

An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence-based medicine.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 6345 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care

Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of health care in today's society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
HSCI 7302 Professional Proposal Writing

This course will cover the knowledge, skills and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources, as well as the principles of successful grant management.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Nutrition Concentration Courses
NUTR 6300/CLSC 6300 Pathophysiology of Disease

This course explores the phenomena that produce changes in normal cellular and tissue functions as well as related physiologic processes resulting from aging and various disease processes.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NUTR 6310 Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

This course explains the role of nutrition in the life cycle including pregnancy and lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging adults. Study of nutritional requirements during each period of life cycle and its physiological basis, assessment of nutritional status, factors that determine food intake patterns in these age groups, and consequences of malnutrition will be discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NUTR 6320 Prevention and Treatment of Obesity

The course focuses on development of knowledge and skills for the learner to be able to set up and deliver an effective weight management program. Will cover topics such as management of obesity and prevention of co-morbidities, client assessment, dietary intervention, physical activity, and motivational interviewing and behavior change.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NUTR 6330 Integrative Nutrition

This course will give an overview of complementary and alternative medicine and how to integrate it with nutrition. The course will cover topics including alternative medicine, nutritional supplements and other unconventional healing modalities as they relate to nutrition.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NUTR 6340 Nutrition in Diabetes Patient Care

The course will review practical information regarding management of diabetes, education theories, pathophysiology, and critical processes to patient education. Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to provide diabetes-related medical nutrition therapy and be prepared to take the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) certification pending completion of the remaining requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NUTR 6350 Perspectives and Treatment Modalities of Eating Disorders

This course provides an overview of the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia, nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other less common disorders. Treatment is considered from a team-based approach to include psychological, cognitive and physiological processes.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program. For dates past June 19th please contact the university at 1-833-UTRGV-GC (1-833-887-4842) or gradcollege@utrgv.edu. We look forward to supporting you during your journey.

Upcoming Start Dates

June 19, 2018

May 18, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown


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Partner Scholarship

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only

Partner Scholarship

Participating students from partner organizations have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 (which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program) scholarship based upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements.

If you are not sure if your organization is a participating partner, please contact a representative at 844-218-2727. In order to qualify for the scholarship, all required documents must be submitted by the posted deadline. Scholarships are not retroactive.


Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV MSHS in Health Care Administration online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.


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