Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity

USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

The Master of Science degree in Nutrition, Healthspan and Longevity is a Coordinated Program (CP) in Nutrition and Dietetics. The program received candidacy for accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) in 2015. The program can be completed in two years, as a full-time degree program, with courses and supervised practice completed over 4 semesters and one summer session or part-time over 3-years as a distance student only.

Students will be able to complete the degree program on campus or as a distance student if residing >100 miles outside Los Angeles. Successful completion of 46 units is required for graduation (28 units of didactic course work, 12 units of supervised practice and 6 units of research). Completion of the didactic and supervised practice (1200 hours) components and the award of a master of science degree provides students with “eligibility” to write the national registration examination of the Commission of Dietetics Registration (CDR), granting use of the nationally recognized credential, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

The program summative experience will be a capstone project resulting in a peer reviewed publication or poster.  Students will be required to present their work at a local, state or national dietetics conference and/or in a peer-reviewed publication/newsletter, as a requirement of graduation.

Career Options

The program prepares graduates for roles in the field of nutrition and dietetics promoting personalized nutrition through work in hospitals and health care facilities, long-term care or school food service programs, business, teaching, research or private practice.

Sample Courses

GERO 498: Nutrition, Genes, Longevity and Diseases

GERO 511: Fundamentals of Clinical Nutrition Screening and Assessment

GERO 512: Communicating Nutrition and Health

GERO 513: Fundamentals of Nutrition: Macronutrients

GERO 515L: Food Production & Food Services Management with Lab

GERO 517L: Advanced Therapeutic Nutrition with Lab

GERO 518: Current Topics in Clinical Nutrition: Healthspan and Longevity

GERO 560: Micronutrients, Health and Longevity

GERO 590: Directed Research – Capstone Project

GERO 591: (1200 hours total) Field Practicum – Supervised Practice

GERO 593: Research Methods

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