About the Program
The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition in the College of Health Professions of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), with the cooperation of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), offers graduate work leading to a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition through the UAMS Graduate School. The program is designed to prepare health professionals and registered dietitians/ registered dietitians nutritionists to practice as advanced level practitioners. Other health professionals may participate in this program to enable them to practice as nutrition specialists within their professional arenas. Graduates of science programs may also use the program to develop research skills in nutrition.
The student may elect one of four possible areas of emphasis as a specialty: Community Nutrition; Geriatric Nutrition; Nutrition in Health, Wellness and Sports; or Pediatric Nutrition. A combination of one or more areas may be done or a more highly specialized subspecialty may be established to meet an individual’s special interest. The student has a choice of a thesis option or a non-thesis option within each area of emphasis.
Both traditional and on-line classes are offered. Traditional classes are scheduled once a week, late in the day or early evening Monday — Thursday to allow practicing dietitians to participate with the least disruption to their employment. Other formats, such as short, intense courses in the summer months or weekend courses, may be scheduled if a need is demonstrated.
While the program is designed primarily for students coming from a foods and nutrition or dietetics background, other health professionals and science graduates may qualify for the program. Three basic prerequisite courses or their equivalent, however, are essential for admission and include:
- Biochemistry in nutrition science or physiological chemistry, and
- Medical nutrition therapy (or diet in disease).