For registered dietitians who want to be leaders in health care administration.

Loyola University Chicago offers a unique opportunity to complete a Master of Science degree in Dietetics. The program offers a healthcare administration focus, preparing professional, registered dietitians to design and implement systems that lead to desired health outcomes. This program can also be completed while simultaneously completing the Dietetic Internship

Our commitment to you

You will be learning from faculty and preceptors that are experts in their fields and hold national certifications in their areas of specialization. Most courses for the Master of Science in Dietetics are online or are provided in a hybrid format.


The curriculum introduces theories and opportunity for skill development to improve health care. With an appreciation for the value of interprofessional collaboration and team practice, classes are shared with other majors, including graduate nursing and public health students.  Several classes are specific to dietetic practice. At least one elective is included.


You will learn to redesign health care processes, use information technology, develop effective health care teams, coordinate care, and enact performance and outcome measurements, all essential methods of performance improvement in health care administration.

Professional Values

This program promotes ethical decision-making, social justice, and advocacy for underserved populations, consistent with Loyola's Jesuit traditions.


Successful completion of a comprehensive exam is a program requirement for degree conferral. The Master of Science in Dietetics (without the dietetic internship) does not require supervised practice or practicum hours in a health care agency. FONU 410 requires experiential learning in a clinical skills or simulation lab on campus.

Required courses and elective options

Master of Science in Dietetics Required Courses

Course Number






FONU 400

Role Development in Dietetic Practice

1 (Fall/Spring)

FONU 410

Physical Assessment for Dietitians

2 (Fall)

FONU 501

The Writing Process for Nutrition and Dietetics

3 (Spring)

FONU 503

Theory and Research in Dietetic Practice

3 (Spring)

MPBH 404

Biostats for Health and Biological Sciences

3 (Fall/Spring)

FONU 507

Behavior Change for Health Promotion

3 (Fall)






Total: 15


Health Care Administration Focus


MHA 405

US Health Systems Management

3 (Fall)

MHA 415

Culture of Quality and Safety in Health Care

3 (Spring)

MPBH 495 or

MHA 460

Health Behavior and Health Education or 

Strategy and Leadership in HC Orgs

3 (Spring/Summer)

MPBH 407 or


Public Health Policy: Concepts and Practice or

Health Policy and Health Systems

3 (Fall/Summer)

MHA 451

Healthcare Finance 1

3 (Fall)



Total: 15


Elective Options (select 1 = 3 credits)


MPBH 400

Social Deterinants of Health

3 (Fall/Summer)

MPBH 402

Public Health Practices and Management

3 (Fall/Spring)

MPBH 403

Intro to Epidemiology

3 (Fall/Summer)

MPBH 413

Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutritional Epidemiology

3 (Fall)

MPBH 414

Introduction to Global Health

3 (Fall)

MPBH 417

Introduction to Global Maternal/Child Health

3 (Spring)

 MPBH 431

 Grant Writing

 3 (Fall/Spring)

MPBH 495

Health Behavior and Health Education

3 (Spring)



Total MS Dietetics




  • A baccalaureate degree and a certificate of completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) from an ACEND-accredited program
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in baccalaureate courses
  • Acceptance in the Loyola Dietetic Internship as a current or incoming student, or current Registered Dietitian status

Learn more about the application process for an MS in Dietetics. You can also find information for international application requirements.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed application form. When applying for the MS in Dietetics, choose the upcoming academic year and "Health Sciences and Public Health." Please note, you will need to complete the “Biographical Information” section of the application first. Once that section is completed, you will be able to choose Dietetics MS in the “Application Information” section.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate coursework
  3. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a professional colleague or supervisor who has completed a master's degree or higher. If the applicant has been admitted to the dietetic internship within the last 12 months, the letters of recommendation that were submitted for the dietetic internship application may be used.
  4. A statement of purpose describing your professional goals and reasons for pursuing an advanced degree
  5. Current Registered Dietitian status as demonstrated by documentation from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

If you are in international student, you must contact the program director to discuss career goals.

Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.