Shauna Davis, who is focused on obtaining her Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity (MSNHL), says the program has revealed a whole new world of possibilities.
The Master of Science in Lifespan, Nutrition and Dietetics (MSLND) program’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals by addressing the global need for professionals trained to provide nutrition and dietetics advice, information and recommendations. Our graduates will distinguish themselves with specialized knowledge of the nutritional needs of a global aging population. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the national Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM®) Credentialing Exam.
The Master of Science in Lifespan, Nutrition and Dietetics is ideal if you want to pursue a career providing excellent nutrition, dietetics and lifespan health-related services and expertise to a variety of constituencies, including for populations outside the United States, school districts or community-based organizations.
The degree is designed for:
The Master of Science in Lifespan, Nutrition and Dietetics can be completed online through distance education or in-person and on a full-time or part-time basis. Four units of field practicum can be completed in foodservice, community or other areas of nutrition practice. Students will gain hands-on experience in the field and through research methods and exploration of evidence-based practices.
The MSLND program at USC Leonard Davis has strong relationships with community health professionals and programs serving individuals across the lifespan, and recognizes the increasing global role that nutrition and dietetics play in healthcare, policy and public and private sectors. Thus, the goals focus on assuring that the program produces competent, well-trained professionals who can promote healthspan and longevity through mastery of advanced knowledge of nutritional science and integrate scientific methodology, critical thinking and analytical research skills into nutrition practice. Graduates also employ effective communication for culturally diverse nutrition services, education programs and policies and demonstrate leadership skills in nutrition and dietetics practice and health/food systems development for individuals and organizations.
You’ll explore these subjects through your required and elective courses:
Successful completion of 38 units is required for graduation (28 units of didactic coursework, 4 units of field practicum and 6 units of research). The program provides students with coursework and field practicum needed to meet competencies for the national Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM®) Credentialing Exam. The program’s concentration area is nutrition, dietetics and lifespan health, and prepares graduates for careers in health, wellness, nutrition, dietetics.
Prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the program.
USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Office of Admission and Student Services
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191
On your university application, include your scholarship application—merit-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants. The GRE may be waived by having strong academics. If the GRE is required, you will be notified during the review process.
Your statement of interest plays an important role in helping our faculty consider your application for graduate study. The following prompt is designed to help you but is not an exhaustive list of information you should include in your statement. We recommend that your statement is within three to five double-spaced pages. The statement should be uploaded as part of the university application.
Whether you live halfway across the world or have a busy career, we make this program work for you. You can earn the MSLND degree online, through our robust digital course platform.
All your classes are streamed online, allowing you to interact with your classmates and professors in real-time. Learn more about our online education program.
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