About the Nutrition Track in Multidisciplinary Studies
Working in the field of nutrition sounds simple. More broccoli and fewer cookies. But it’s more complex than that. Nutrition is a science that investigates the metabolic and physiological responses of the body to food and diet and the role of nutrients in the cause, treatment, and prevention of disease.
With a master’s degree from Buffalo State on the nutrition track in multidisciplinary studies, you’ll be prepared to provide credible nutrition education on the relationship between diet and overall health. You will be able to work in an educational role with community organizations and senior centers on best practices for nutrition and how to instill healthy eating habits in their population.
It’s also a terrific program for working dietitians who would like a master’s degree to increase their knowledge and skills, particularly if they’re working in a community health setting.
Positions for community health educators is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2018 and 2028; the median annual income for community health educators nationwide was $46,900 in 2018.
Working in community settings, nutrition educators help individuals and groups optimize their health and wellbeing with healthful behaviors.
Other employment opportunities for graduates earning a nutrition track master’s degree include:
- Community health worker
- Health or wellness coach
- Health programs coordinator
The multidisciplinary studies nutrition track is basically designed for two groups of students:
- Practitioners in the area of nutrition who are looking for a complementary master’s program
- Graduates of undergraduate programs in nutrition and dietetics who want to enhance their knowledge and skills.
The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum enables students who enroll in the track an opportunity to create their best degree curriculum based on their own career aspirations. They can choose 50 percent of courses in an area of interest such as business, creative studies, or adult education.
Students will learn about food and physical activity’s role in health promotion and chronic disease prevention. They will also discover effective ways to educate diverse groups about nutrition. They will learn how to plan nutrition menus and provide guidance on where to gather information on the nutritional value of foods. They will be better prepared for jobs as health and nutrition educators.
The master’s degree is offered 100 percent online, making it convenient for working professionals to complete their degrees.
Faculty have expertise in public health, collaborative research, community health, health education, exercise science and nutrition.
The program has integration with the community, which opens opportunities for participation outside-the-classroom.