Nutrition M.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The purpose of Nutrition Graduate Program is to provide students with a post-baccalaureate education that: (1) Strengthens and advances core nutrition knowledge so that students are competent in the areas of nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, and have an in-depth understanding of clinical and epidemiological applications of this knowledge as it relates to nutrition status assessment, and the prevention and treatment of disease; (2) Provides opportunities so that students may develop proficiency in a more defined area of specialization that links nutrition with other biological or behavioral sciences (e.g., toxicology, molecular biology, epidemiology, public health, human development). This will be accomplished through elective course work and completion of research/scholarly efforts that culminate in a written document (i.e., thesis or professional paper); and (3) Results in an in-depth understanding of nutrition research and related scientific methods/techniques such that students are capable of critically evaluating research and engaging in the scientific process themselves. 

Program Outcomes

1.  Students will be prepared for employment as professionals in nutrition or related disciplines, or continue to pursue graduate level education.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Upon completion of the program students will report:
    • Employment in nutrition or related discipline;
    • Acceptance into PhD programs or professional schools; and
    • Attitudes/perceptions regarding the Nutrition Graduate Program.

Assessment Method

  • The Graduate Program Director will extract data from the UNR Alumni Survey on graduates':
    • Employment and reported enrollment in graduate/professional school within one year following program completion; and
    • Attitudes/perceptions regarding the Nutrition Program.

Student Learning Outcomes

1.  Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate nutrition research by completing a literature review and delivering an oral presentation on their thesis or professional paper.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will write a review of literature as a component of their thesis or professional paper.
  • Students will give an oral presentation of their thesis or professional paper.
Assessment Method
  • Graduate Examining Committee will approve/disapprove the final thesis/professional paper.
  • Graduate Examining Committee will approve/disapprove students' final oral examination.

2.  Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to plan and execute a scholarly effort that contributes to the science of nutrition.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students, in conjunction with their Graduate Advisor will:
    • Develop and defend a proposal for a thesis or professional paper;
    • Effectively execute the proposed plan;
    • Write the thesis or professional paper, and with their Advisor's approval;
    • Present and defend the thesis or professional paper to their committee.
Assessment Method
  • The Graduate Director &/or Examining Committee will:
    • Approve/disapprove the proposal;
    • Approve/disapprove the final thesis/professional paper;
    • Monitor students' progress to ensure timely completion; and
    • Gather data on the professional presentations and publications that result from students' scholarly work.