Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Food and Nutrition-Graduate Track

Dr. Jeanine Mincher
(330) 941-3346

The Pre MPH-DFM (BSAS Food and Nutrition-Graduate track) is an upper-division generalist dietetics program with an emphasis in community wellness. The program prepares students for professional practice and leads to eligibility for graduates to sit for the examination to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and Licensed Dietitians in the state of Ohio. During the four-semester program, each student accrues supervised practice hours covering medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition and wellness, maternal and child, foodservice, and aging in addition to public health preparation.

A community wellness emphasis has been identified as a need in the regional area that Youngstown State University serves. Graduates of the Master's in Public Health/Dietetics Future Model Track will be positioned to assume major roles in community health programs. The program is currently accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040 Ext. 5400

Admission to the MPH-DFM is restricted since only 12 students can be accommodated. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 65 semester hours (to qualify for junior status) is required before the student can apply to the program. Detailed information regarding criteria and procedures is available from the Department of Health Professions. Students are accepted to the MPH-DFM on an ongoing basis and start the program during summer or fall semester.

Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH-RDN, graduates are issued a verification statement that confirms eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration examination for dietitians.  Graduates who pass the registration examination are entitled to use the RDN credential to signify professional competence in the field of Dietetics.

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YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
STAT 2625Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning (STAT 2625 will replace MATH 2623)4
Arts & Humanities (6 s.h.)6
Natural Science (2 courses; one with lab) (6-7 s.h.)
CHEM 1510
Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences
and Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory
BIOL 1551Anatomy and Physiology 13
BIOL 1551LAnatomy and Physiology 1 Laboratory1
Social Science (6 s.h.)
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Social & Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
GERO 3745Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare3
or GERO 3703 Aging and Society
Major Accreditation Requirements
ACCT 1503Elementary Accounting3
or HMGT 2603 Hospitality Managerial Accounting 1
COUN 2651Foundations of Helping Skills for Human Ecology Professionals2
or COUN 2650 Foundations of Helping Skills for Allied Health Professionals
BIOL 1552Anatomy and Physiology 24
BIOL 1552LAnatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory0
BIOL 1560Microbiology for the Health Professions2
BIOL 1560LMicrobiology Laboratory for Health Professions1
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
Major Courses
FNUT 1512Food Safety and Sanitation2
FNUT 1553Food Science and Management Principles3
FNUT 1553LFood Science and Management Principles Laboratory1
FNUT 2600Orientation to Dietetics Major1
FNUT 2603LMedical Nutrition Therapy 1 Lab1
FNUT 2612Food Systems: Operation, Production, and Service3
FNUT 2612LFood Systems: Operations, Production, and Service Laboratory2
FNUT 2652LNutrition Assessment Laboratory1
FNUT 3735Nutritional Biochemistry2
KSS 1500Physical Activity Core Concepts1
KSS 1524Physical Fitness and Exercise Program (Students need 2 hours KSS. Any combination of two hours. Courses listed are suggestions)1
FNUT 3759Advanced Nutrition3
FNUT 3760Medical Nutrition Therapy 23
FNUT 3760LMedical Nutrition Therapy 2 Laboratory3
FNUT 3760RMedical Nutrition Therapy 2 Laboratory Recitation2
FNUT 3761Science of Nutrition in Exercise3
FNUT 4802Research Methods in Dietetics2
FNUT 4802LResearch Methods in Dietetics Laboratory1
FNUT 4810Experimental Foods2
FNUT 4810LExperimental Foods Laboratory1
FNUT 4858Food Service Systems Management4
FNUT 4858LFood Systems Management Laboratory3
FNUT 4860Medical Nutrition Therapy 33
FNUT 4860LMedical Nutrition Therapy 3 Lab3
FNUT 4872Maternal and Child Nutrition2
FNUT 4873Nutrition and Aging2
FNUT 4874Community Nutrition and Wellness3
FNUT 4874LCommunity Nutrition and Wellness Experience3
FNUT 5862Food and Culture2
FNUT 5862LFood and Cultures Laboratory1
HAHS 5875Interprofessional Education for Health Professions3
MATC 1501Medical Terminology3
MATC 2605Introduction to Pharmacology3
Total Semester Hours128-130
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
BIOL 1551 Anatomy and Physiology 1 3
BIOL 1551L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Laboratory 1
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
CHEM 1510
Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences
and Chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences Laboratory
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition 3
 Semester Hours15-17
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
FNUT 1553 Food Science and Management Principles 3
FNUT 1553L Food Science and Management Principles Laboratory 1
FNUT 2600 Orientation to Dietetics Major 1
STAT 2625 Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning 4
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
FNUT 2652L Nutrition Assessment Laboratory 1
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
COUN 2651 Foundations of Helping Skills for Human Ecology Professionals (F) 2
BIOL 1552 Anatomy and Physiology 2 4
ACCT 1503 Elementary Accounting 3
FNUT 1512 Food Safety and Sanitation 2
BIOL 1552L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Laboratory 0
BIOL 1560 Microbiology for the Health Professions 2
BIOL 1560L Microbiology Laboratory for Health Professions (Students may take HMGT 2603 in place of ACCT 1503; either is acceptable) 1
 Semester Hours17
FNUT 2603L Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 Lab (F,S) 1
FNUT 2612 Food Systems: Operation, Production, and Service 3
FNUT 2612L Food Systems: Operations, Production, and Service Laboratory 2
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
FNUT 3735 Nutritional Biochemistry (S) 2
MATC 2605 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 3
FNUT 3759 Advanced Nutrition (F) 3
FNUT 4858 Food Service Systems Management 4
FNUT 3761 Science of Nutrition in Exercise 3
SOC 3745 Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare (or SOC 3703 or SPA Elective) 3
KSS 1500 Physical Activity Core Concepts 1
KSS 1524 Physical Fitness and Exercise Program (Or 2 1ch KSS activity course) 1
 Semester Hours15
FNUT 4810 Experimental Foods 2
Art & Humanities Elective 3
FNUT 5862 Food and Culture 2
FNUT 5862L Food and Cultures Laboratory 1
FNUT 4874 Community Nutrition and Wellness 3
MATC 1501 Medical Terminology 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 4
FNUT 4802 Research Methods in Dietetics 2
FNUT 4810L Experimental Foods Laboratory 1
FNUT 4858L Food Systems Management Laboratory (F) 3
FNUT 3760 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 3
FNUT 3760R Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 Laboratory Recitation 2
FNUT 3760L Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 Laboratory 3
 Semester Hours17
FNUT 4872 Maternal and Child Nutrition (S) 2
FNUT 4874L Community Nutrition and Wellness Experience (F) 3
FNUT 4873 Nutrition and Aging 2
FNUT 4860 Medical Nutrition Therapy 3 3
FNUT 4860L Medical Nutrition Therapy 3 Lab 3
FNUT 4802L Research Methods in Dietetics Laboratory 1
HAHS 5875 Interprofessional Education for Health Professions (Must take for Graduate Credit) 3
 Semester Hours17
 Total Semester Hours128-130

F – Offered in the fall semester   S – Offered in the spring semester  X – Offered in the summer semester

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Pre-MPH-RDN program, graduates will be able to:

  • Effectively integrate biochemical concepts into dietetics practice.
  • Effectively integrate physiological concepts into dietetics practice.
  • Effectively apply theory from the social sciences to dietetics practice.
  • Effectively present results of research study.
  • Effectively apply concepts from food, nutrition, management, and health care systems to dietetics practice.
  • Practice effectively as members of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate competency in medical nutrition therapy.
  • Demonstrate competency in foodservice management practice.
  • Demonstrate competency in community nutrition practice.