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Allied Health Students Can Earn a Master's Degree in Nutrition



By Catherine Groux
Posted March 08, 2012 02:22 PM

Allied health students can earn a master's degree in nutrition.
Allied health students can earn a master's degree in nutrition.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that today, more than one-third of American adults are obese. This alarming statistic, along with many others, has led to an increased emphasis on fitness and nutrition across the nation. As the country begins to understand the vast importance of these topics, there will be an increased need for nutritionists and dietitians.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for these allied health professionals is expected to increase by about 9% through 2018. However, demand will be higher for those who hold advanced degrees.

Students can earn a master's degree in nutrition at various schools across the country. For example, the University of Western States in Oregon recently launched a Master of Science in Nutrition and Functional Medicine, according to a press release. Through a collaboration with the Institute of Functional Medicine, the course of study will be offered almost entirely through online education.

Other schools that offer similar program options include New York University, Boston University and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, according to their websites.

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