The academic year is divided into two terms of approximately fifteen weeks each. Each student is assigned an individual faculty adviser in order to provide maximum assistance in course selection, thesis topic determination and supervision, and career guidance. Before the beginning of each term, the student arranges a schedule in consultation with the adviser.
Fall required coursework
Human Nutrition M8205 Biochemical and Physiological Bases of Nutrition, Part I (3 credits) Carbohydrate, lipid, protein, and energy metabolism are covered with an emphasis on understanding the integration of metabolic pathways and principles of metabolic regulation.
Human Nutrition M8200 Growth and Development: Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan (3 credits) A focus on how nutrition affects growth and development throughout the lifecycle, from conception to old age, with attention to the special needs of each developmental stage
Human Nutrition M6120 Introduction to Epidemiology for Nutritionists (3 credits) Students are introduced to the theory, methodology, and terminology used in epidemiology, using examples related to nutrition and disease from the current scientific literature.
Human Nutrition M8201 Readings in Nutrition (3 credits) Current literature is examined with an emphasis on topics not covered in other courses, with the purpose of developing a critical approach to scientific information using student presentations and discussion.
Human Nutrition M9210 Special Studies I (2 credits) Students are assisted in the development of the personal and professional skills needed to become a professional nutrition scientist. Information needed to successfully select a research setting and Master’s Thesis project is provided.
Human Nutrition M6220 Topics in Public Health Nutrition (3 credits) The course focuses on what people eat, what should they eat, factors that influence dietary intake, and how health promotion influences these factors. The primary goals of this course are to provide 1) an overview of dietary guidelines and the diversity of dietary patterns; 2) exposure to the breadth of programs and policies in the field of nutrition promotion; and 3) an opportunity to develop skills in assessment, literature review, and program planning.
Spring required coursework
Human Nutrition M8206 Biochemical and Physiological Bases of Nutrition Part II (3 credits) The roles of vitamins and minerals are covered, helping to understand their sources, biochemistry, functions, and the nutritional standards and guidelines for their intake.
Human Nutrition M8207 Clinical Nutrition (3 credits) This course covers the physiological aspects of clinical disorders, including symptoms, risk factors, biological pathology, and clinical management, as well as the role of nutrition in their prevention and treatment.
Human Nutrition M9210 Special Studies II (2 credits) Students present their thesis projects to the class and faculty, and critically evaluate the presentations of their peers.
Spring elective coursework (choose two)
Human Nutrition M6240 Essentials of Nutrition Counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy (3 credits) The basic tenets of health literacy, psychodynamics, behavioral, and motivational interviewing are covered, along with their application to medical nutrition therapy for nutrition-related conditions.
Human Nutrition M8209 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 credits) This course aims to develop the students’ ability to perform statistical calculations using the SAS program, and to develop an understanding of the role of biostatistics in scientific literature and research.
Human Nutrition M8201 Obesity: Etiology, Prevention and Treatment (2 credits) Prevention and treatment of obesity represent a tremendous challenge to the nutrition and allied health professions. The course provides 1) an understanding about the importance of the current epidemic of obesity and its impact on disease development throughout the lifespan; 2) translates basic science, clinical and public health findings related to obesity towards prevention and treatment in clinical settings; and 3) examines the roles and responsibilities of health care providers in the prevention and treatment of obesity and related co-morbidities.
Human Nutrition M6227 Tutorial in Clinical Practice: Structured Observation Opportunities (1 credit) This course will provide an introduction to critical communication skills necessary to translate scientific knowledge into clinical practice. The course will highlight how nutrition is integrated into the medical, behavioral, social and cultural factors that contribute to patient well-being, including prevention and treatment of disease.
Human Nutrition M8220 U.S. and International Nutrition Policy and Programs (3 credits) This course examines programs and policies that have been developed to improve global public health, and the effects of food, nutrition, and nutritional diseases on the health of societies.
Columbia University-wide (graduate level) elective. Students can choose any graduate-level course from any of Columbia's schools.