The Master's Degree Program in Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change is designed to prepare its graduates for the growing job opportunities available to professionals trained to explain research findings in ways that the public can understand and apply. The Doctoral Degree prepares students to conduct research and generate scholarship in the areas of Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change.
This program is in the Division of Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change.
The school has permanently removed the GRE as a requirement, as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores as they can be helpful in the Admissions Committee’s assessment of readiness for doctoral study. Read more about this new change in admissions policy and what it means for your application to the school. For students taking the GRE who seek to refresh their verbal and quantitative skills, self-study materials and sample questions are available from the Educational Testing Service. Students whose native language is not English must meet TOEFL or IELTS requirements.
Prior course work in nutrition is not required, although many applicants will have taken one, or even several, nutrition courses. Applicants include both registered dietitians and individuals who majored in human biology as undergraduates, as well as those with backgrounds in journalism or liberal arts. Applicants must have demonstrated their ability to master basic science and to communicate effectively.
Students will be required to have completed a minimum of one course in biology and one course in chemistry. They will be strongly encouraged to take a course in physiology and in biochemistry as well and to consider a course in microeconomics. Prospective applicants who are considering the option of becoming registered dietitians will need to be advised about the appropriateness of their science electives to fulfill their specific requirements.
Master of Science
The Master's Degree Program in Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change is a two-year academic program and is designed to prepare graduates for the growing job opportunities available to professionals trained to communicate sound nutrition information effectively. The program combines the expertise of Friedman's own internationally recognized faculty, and the enormous breadth of knowledge available across all the Tufts campuses with a wealth of opportunities for related work experience. Together, the combination of academic courses and practical experience prepares graduates for exciting and rewarding careers in which effective communication makes a difference.
The Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change curriculum includes core courses in three broad areas: nutrition, study design and analysis, and communications and behavior change. Sixteen credits are required for the degree. The exact number of required courses will depend upon the student's prior academic preparation. Unless otherwise noted, each course is equivalent to one credit. A standardized training in ethical treatment of human subjects is also a requirement for graduation.
Doctor of Philosophy
Students enrolled in the doctoral program must have completed courses equivalent to the NICBC master's degree based on previous graduate-level coursework taken either at the Friedman School or elsewhere. Students entering at the Ph.D. level must complete or be exempted from all required courses of the M.S. curriculum. Students in the doctoral program must first pass a written and oral qualifying examination, and then complete and formally defend a doctoral dissertation based on original research.