Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


The MS in Dietetics builds on the core of the Outcomes Performance Management Certificate Program, which is designed for  health professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge of the theories, models and methods that are used to improve health care. Students will gain an understanding of national and local perspectives on quality and health care policy issues. They will also acquire the skills to apply various methods and processes of performance improvements. Students will learn to redesign health care processes, use information technology, develop effective health care teams, coordinate care, and enact performance and outcome measurements.

Completion of a basic statistics course is required.

If completed in conjunction with Loyola’s Dietetic Internship, it is anticipated that both the internship and master’s degree can be completed in 22 months. If completed as a registered dietitian, it is anticipated that the master’s could be completed in one to two years.

Course Plan

In order to complete the MS in Dietetics, the following courses are required. They include the 13 credits of the Loyola Dietetic Internship. If the student is a registered dietitian, some credits may not be required based other graduate level courses completed at an accredited college or university which may be transferred in and applied to the Loyola MS in Dietetics. This review and transfer of credits is based on review of the program director and approval of the Loyola Graduate School. 

Core CoursesSemester Hours
Theory and Research in Dietetic Practice (FONU 503) 3
Physical Assessment for Dietitians (FONU 410) 3
Community Health Concepts (GNUR 436) 3
Ethics for Advanced Practice (CMAN 402) 2
Epidemiology (CMAN 410) 1
Research for Advanced Clinical Practice (GNUR 408) 3
Trends in Dietetic Practice 3
Required Courses in Outcome Performance ManagementSemester Hours
Outcomes Performance Management Theory I (CMAN 439) 3
Outcomes Performance Management Methods (CMAN 440) 3
Advanced Concepts: Health Systems Management (CMAN 468) 3
Management of Professionals in Health Care Settings (CMAN 568) 3
Fiscal Management in Health Care Organizations (CMAN 533) 3
Required Courses for the Loyola Dietetic InternshipSemester Hours
Orientation to the Internship (FONU 420) 2
Medical Nutrition Therapy Theory (FONU 420) 3
Supervised Practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy (FONU 423) 2
Public Health/Community Nutrition, and Research Theory (FONU 424) 3
Supervised Practice in Community/Public Health Nutrition and Research (FONU 425) 2
Food Management Theory 1
Supervised Practice in Food Management and Long Term Care 1

In addition to the above coursework, students are required to complete a comprehensive exam in accordance with policies of the Master of Science program.