Master of Science
Nutrition and metabolism is a field of biomedical science where individuals apply knowledge of basic biology and chemistry to better understand how the body uses energy and nutrients in food, and the impact that this can have on health and disease.
The MS in Nutrition and Metabolism prepares students for a wide range of careers in basic and clinical/translational research and provides an exceptional background for future professional studies in medicine and dentistry, as well as doctoral studies.
The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum, which includes physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, clinical nutrition research and epidemiology, provides students with a broad knowledge of the biomedical sciences. This knowledge is critical given the rapid pace with which science is currently advancing. In addition to learning essential principles of nutrition and metabolism, students develop the critical thinking skills needed to understand and evaluate biomedical research literature and to participate in carrying it out.
Program graduates are prepared for further professional studies (PhD, MD, DMD, DO) or to pursue a variety
of career paths, including:
- working as lab managers
- coordinators or directors of nutrition-related clinical or epidemiologic studies
- clinical coordinators in pharmaceutical, food or nutriceutical industries
- medical writing,
- foundation work
- work in government health and wellness programs
- Learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty who study nutritional and metabolic aspects of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and bone health
- Small class sizes and high levels of mentoring and advising provided to support each student’s success
- Students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and write and defend a thesis, which often leads to co-authorship on scientific papers
- Students have access to world-class resources including the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Institute and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Center
- A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year to highly qualified Masters candidates
- The degree is awarded by Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine
- 32-credit program (28 course credits and a minimum of 4 research credits)
- Program can be completed in one or two years depending on learning goals
- Part-time enrollment is available
- Can begin the program in the Fall or Spring semester
- Understand the key research approaches used in the nutrition field (basic, clinical, population levels)
- Understand the scientific basis of establishing nutrient requirements
- Demonstrate ability to access relevant scientific literature and synthesize existing knowledge in nutrition and metabolism with new research information.
- Understand the molecular, cellular, biochemical, physiological and behavioral mechanisms that influence nutrient utilization, food intake and energy balance
- Understand the mechanistic connections of nutrient status to health and disease
- Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate research designs, results, and create new ones for novel questions
- Regularly read the scientific literature to remain aware of the latest developments in the field of nutrition and metabolism
- Demonstrate ability to effectively contribute to field through collaborative research, teaching, outreach and/or mentoring activities
- Develop effective presentation and writing skills to effectively convey your knowledge of the field of nutrition and metabolism
- Demonstrate commitment to one’s own professional development through continuing learning provided by scientific societies such as the American Nutrition Society, among others
- Demonstrate ability to receive and provide constructive feedback to peers and co-workers