The ten largest schools in New York with an approved undergraduate or graduate program include three members of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, two associated with the State University of New York (SUNY) and five private universities (not-for-profit). Additionally, aside from Hunter College, the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association (CADE/ADA) accredits the Bachelor of Science programs at nine of schools profiled in this article.
Students explore such topics as food science, food service management, community nutrition and disease management. In addition, they may take supporting courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, organic chemistry and biostatistics. Many bachelor's and master's degree programs also integrate an internship experience.
Cornell University is a private, land-grant institution in Ithaca, and alumni and faculty members include 41 Nobel Laureates. Through the College of Human Ecology, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences that can provide them with opportunities for field experiences, research and off-campus studies. In addition to core studies in calculus, science and statistics, undergraduates can explore the biochemical, biological and physiological aspects of food and nutrition. They can also study the nutritional challenges faced by developing countries or learn about obesity, public health nutrition and sustainable food systems.
Graduate students can pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Sciences (PhD) with specializations in human, community, international or molecular nutrition. Minimum requirements include a full-time commitment of six semesters and a research-based dissertation. Graduate students can also pursue a Master's in Nutritional Sciences. Minimum requirements include 60 credits obtained over 4 semesters, including a research-based thesis. Additionally, Cornell offers a combined PhD/RD program (registered dietitian).
CUNY Brooklyn College
Established in Brooklyn in 1930, this 4-year college is one of 11 senior institutions in the City University of New York network. The Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in health and nutrition sciences. Introductory and intermediate courses include topics in contemporary health, epidemiology, experimental foods and world hunger. At the advanced level, students can learn about community health services and the therapeutic applications of medical nutrition.
Brooklyn College also offers a Master of Science in Nutrition that includes courses in developmental nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, micronutrients and pathophysiology. The program requires 30-39 credits to complete, and students participate in a 2-semester, dietetic internship.
CUNY Hunter College
Hunter College in New York City was founded in 1870, and the school is the largest in the CUNY system. The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences is offered through the campus-based CUNY School of Public Health and includes the study of food service systems, human development and epidemiology. To fulfill the science requirements, students also take classes in anatomy and physiology, organic chemistry and microbiology.
The Master of Science in Nutrition program is accredited by CADE and includes topics in biostatistics, clinical nutrition and nutritional biochemistry. To fulfill the 41-credit curriculum requirements, students also complete a 3-credit field experience and take a final exam.
CUNY Lehman College
Located in the Bronx, CUNY Lehman College was founded in 1968. Through the Health Sciences Department, undergraduates can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Food and Nutrition with a CADE-accredited option that includes 61.5-credits of major coursework. In addition to the biology and chemistry requirements, the curriculum covers topics in education and counseling, disease management and large-scale food procurement. A 54-credit major is available for those students who are interested in a career in the food service industry.
At the graduate level, the 38-credit Master of Science in Nutrition requires an internship and core courses in biostatistics, health counseling, medical nutrition therapy and life-cycle nutrition. The degree plan also allows for 12 credits of electives that may include a study of ethnic and curative meal plans.
Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus
The suburb of Brookville is home to Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus, chartered in 1926 as an independent, non-sectarian institution. Through the School of Health Professions and Nursing, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and take courses in community and medical nutrition, food science and institutional food service management. Unique to the undergraduate offerings are topics in energy needs and food regulations.
Graduate students can pursue a 36-credit Master of Science in Nutrition, and courses at this level cover topics in clinical nutrition, diabetes management, nutritional assessments and biomedical statistics. A 42-credit degree option allows students to participate in a dietetic internship. Long Island University also offers a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Nutrition with 152 credits of coursework.
New York University
New York University in Manhattan is a 175-year-old institution that began offering classes in 1832. Through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, undergraduates can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Studies program that includes core courses in food science, management and production. To fulfill the degree requirements, they can also participate in fieldwork and pursue specialized coursework in clinical nutrition, diet assessment and food microbiology.
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program offers a 40-credit course of study for aspiring registered dietitians, as well as a 34-credit option for current RDs. Students enrolled in the 40-credit program complete a dietetic internship, conduct research and take advanced clinical education courses in late-life, sports and pediatric nutrition. Requirements for the 54-credit PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics program include foundational and specialized courses, research, seminars and a dissertation.
Rochester Institute of Technology
This Rochester school was originally established as the Mechanics Institute in 1885. Through the College of Health Sciences and Technology, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Management that includes a cooperative education component. During the pre-professional phase, undergraduates study basic and food science, business, math and nutrition. The professional phase incorporates upper-level coursework in community and life-cycle nutrition, complementary medicine and food innovation.
SUNY College at Oneonta
Originally established as a teacher's college in 1889, the state university in Oneonta is located in Central New York. Through the Department of Human Ecology, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics program and participate in an internship. In addition to introductory topics in science and nutrition, students take upper-level courses in management and supervision. Co-curricular activities include a chapter of the Food and Nutrition Student Association.
Entry-level professionals may also be interested in the 36-credit Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, a combination of online study and 1,220 hours of supervised work experience. The program can be completed in three semesters and includes the study of nutritional assessments, interventions and therapies.
SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh is located in New York's Champlain Valley, and degree programs at the state university include a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. The program is similar to those offered at the aforementioned schools, and the 42 credits of major coursework cover topics in advanced, community and medical nutrition. Unique to the curriculum is a 1-credit career overview and a 4-credit course in food preparation. To earn the degree, students also complete 48 credits of related coursework in science, statistics and social science.
Through the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition at this Syracuse university, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science program in nutrition or nutrition science. Requirements for the dietetic internship include 14 weeks in a community education environment and 16 weeks in an acute, long-term or outpatient health care setting. Unique to the nutrition curriculum is the opportunity to study Mediterranean food and culture.
The Master of Arts and Master of Science programs in nutrition science require 36 and 30 credits of coursework respectively, as well as an oral and an essay-based exam. Students in the Master of Science program must also write a thesis. Core and related courses include the study of minerals and vitamins, food and culture, metabolism and public policy. Both programs are accredited by CADE.
In New York, dietitians and nutritionists who use the word 'certified' as part of their professional titles must obtain a certification from the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a bachelor's degree in dietetics and nutrition from an approved program, as well as 800 hours of professional experience (may be acquired through the school).
Alternative requirements include an associate's degree in dietetics and nutrition from an approved program and a combined ten years of educational and professional experience. Students must also obtain endorsements from three certified or registered dietitians-nutritionists and achieve a passing score on the dietitian's or nutritionist's exam. Read on for details about several schools and programs in New York for nutrition education.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Nutrition Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015 - 2016)|
|Cornell University||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences,
MS in Nutritional Sciences,
PhD in Nutritional Sciences,
|CUNY Brooklyn College||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Health and Nutrition Sciences,
Master of Science in Nutrition
| $6,838 (in-state);
|CUNY Hunter College||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences,
Master of Science in Nutrition
| $6,782 (in-state);
|CUNY Lehman College||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Foods and Nutrition,
Master of Science in Nutrition
| $6,760 (in-state);
|Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Nutrition,
Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Nutrition,
Master of Science in Nutrition
|New York University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Studies,
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics,
PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics
|Rochester Institute of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Management||$37,124*|
|SUNY College at Oneonta||4-year, public; remote town|| Bachelor of Science in Dietetics,
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
| $7,870 (in-state);
|SUNY College at Plattsburgh||4-year public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Nutrition|| $7,850 (in-state);
|Syracuse University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science (nutrition or nutrition science),
Master of Arts in Nutrition Science,
Master of Science in Nutrition Science
Source: *NCES College Navigator