Nutrition and Health Promotion

Simmons University’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion degree programhelps students develop an advanced understanding of nutrition, fitness, and wellness. Graduates of the program evaluate health behaviors on a global level and seek to improve the health of our communities through research and education. They learn how to bring innovative ideas and entrepreneurial endeavors to fruition.

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Whether you decide to study online through our new distance learning program or attend classes on campus—surrounded by the world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities along Longwood Avenue in Boston—our program is designed to extend beyond acute care issues to promote community health. Students learn the practical aspects of working in the field of nutritional wellness.

Our students come from backgrounds in nutrition, biology, health sciences, health education, athletic training, exercise physiology, and physical education. Upon graduation, they are prepared for a wide range of careers in areas such as research, community nutrition, and private practice.

Why study Nutrition and Health Promotion?

According to the World Health Organization, health promotion enables people to increase control over their own health. It covers a wide range of social and environmental interventions that are designed to benefit and promote wellness by addressing and preventing the root causes of poor health, rather than focusing on treatment and cure alone. Armed with a Master's degree, graduates of Simmons' Master's in Nutrition and Health Promotion program provide services to facilitate and maintain the health of individuals and communities.

What will you learn?

Students in the Master's in Nutrition and Health Promotion program learn the fundamentals of wellness and health promotion, including how to critically review scientific evidence. Students customize their plan of study by choosing one of two tracks or concentrations: the Research track or the Entrepreneurship track.

Research (formerly Wellness)

The Research track is designed for students interested in research and nutrition epidemiology. The curriculum culminates with the completion of a thesis research project.

Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship track is for students interested in starting their own business in the food and nutrition field. The curriculum includes courses from the Simmons School of Business and culminates with the completion of a business plan.

Our Nutrition and Health Promotion master's program can be completed in one academic year including one summer session, or in two to four years of part-time study (for U.S. students only). On-campus classes are offered in the evening with some individual courses offered online, and our new online program offers fully online courses. Students pursuing the online degree have the same opportunities to customize their program as students in the on-campus program by selecting from either the Research or Entrepreneurship tracks.

What can you do with a Master's degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion?

Graduates of Simmons’ Nutrition and Health Promotion master's program go on to pursue rewarding careers in public health and nutrition, in fields such as: 

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Food and Nutrition Management
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Education and Research
  • Consultant/Private Practice
  • Business and Industry
  • Media

Learn more about our Master’s in Nutrition and Health Promotion!

Our traditional on-campus program provides a quality education for students in the greater Boston and eastern New England area. The online format offers the same quality curriculum in a convenient format, perfect for working professionals and busy individuals across the country. Ready to learn more? Request more information or visit our Admissions page today!

For undergraduate students interested in pursuing a public health degree, consider Simmons’ Public Health BS/Nutrition and Health Promotion MS 4+1 dual degree program. 

Nutrition and Health Promotion Research Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses:

  • NUTR 452 Nutrition Practice: Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (3 credits) 
  • NUTR 453 Advanced Topics in Preventive Nutrition (3 credits)
    NUTR 455 Nutrition, Fitness, and Wellness (online) (3 credits)
  • NUTR 460 Nutritional Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • NUTR 461 Exercise Assessment and Prescription (online) (3 credits)
  • NUTR 489 Nutrition Proposal Development (1 credit)
  • NUTR 490 Nutrition Research Project (4 credits) 
  • SNHS 410 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SNHS 450 The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits)
  • SNHS 570 Health Promotion: A Global Perspective (2 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Total credits: 31

Nutrition and Health Promotion Entrepreneurship Concentration Curriculum

The curriculum for the Entrepreneurship concentration includes courses from the Department of Nutrition and Simmons School of Business and culminates with the completion of a customized business plan.

Required Courses:

  • NUTR 452 Nutrition Practice: Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (3 credits) 
  • NUTR 453 Advanced Topics in Preventive Nutrition (3 credits) 
    NUTR 455 Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness (3 credits) 
  • NUTR 461 Exercise Assessment and Prescription (3 credits) 
  • NUTR 462 Consulting Nutrition Practice (3 credits)
  • NUTR 489 Nutrition Proposal Development (1 credit)
  • MSMG 407 Financial Aspects of Business (3 credits) 
  • MSMG 408 Strategic Management and Marketing (3 credits) 
  • MSMG 440 Creativity and Innovation (3 credits) 
  • SNHS 450 The Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 credits) 
  • Elective - SNHS 410 Research Methods is recommended (3 credits) 

Total credits: 31 

Our nutrition and health promotion master’s program can be completed in one academic year including summer session, or two to four years of part-time study (for U.S. students only).

On-campus classes are offered in the evening with some individual courses offered online, and our new online program offers all classes fully in the online format.

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