Program Director: LTC Nicholas Barringer
The U.S. Military-Baylor University Master’s Program in Nutrition is responsible for preparing innovative dietitians for current and future military roles, with an emphasis on military readiness. The program includes 66 core hours (includes over 1,300 hours of integrated supervised experiential-learning (SEL hours)) over 24 months. Upon successful program completion, graduates receive a Master of Science from Baylor University and are eligible to sit for the Commission of Dietetics Registration (CDR) exam.
Candidates for admission must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university and complete a minimum of 27 hours of prerequisite coursework with a 3.25 GPA. Candidates must also demonstrate a capacity for rigorous graduate study. Applicants must present a grade point average and scores on the GRE that are predictive of success in this program. For further information regarding admission requirements and waivers, visit the program website at https://www.baylor.edu/graduate/nutrition/. Candidates must also meet the entrance requirements of the Graduate School of Baylor University, must be a U.S. citizen and meet military medical fitness standards. Admissions is contingent upon selection and commissioning as an officer in the US Army. Applicants must demonstrate a capacity for graduate study as well as leadership qualities and values requisite of US Army officers.
The Master of Science degree will be granted upon completion of the program of graduate course work, the written and oral comprehensive examination, and the research project completed in conjunction with required supervised experiential-learning hours.
The sequence for the program is:
|MPN 5106||Scientific Writing (MPN 5106::Scientific Writing)||1|
|MPN 5210||Research Methods I (MPN 5210::Research Methods I)||2|
|MPN 5309||Advanced Energy Metabolism (MPN 5309::Advanced Energy Metabolism)||3|
|MPN 5314||Nutrition Care Process with Lab (MPN 5314::Nutrition Care Process w/Lab)||3|
|MPN 5407||Medical Nutrition Therapy I with Lab (MPN 5407::Medical Nutrition Therapy w/Lab)||4|
|MPN 5121||Research Project 1 (MPN 5121::Research Project I)||1|
|MPN 5217||Medical Nutrition Therapy II (MPN 5217::Medical Nutrition Therapy II)||2|
|MPN 5220||Research Methods II (MPN 5220::Research Methods II)||2|
|MPN 5315||Public Health I with Lab (MPN 5315::Public Health I w/Lab)||3|
|MPN 5522||Food Service and Management (MPN 5522::Food Service Management)||5|
|MPN 5110||Leadership I (MPN 5110::Leadership I)||1|
|MPN 5216||Exercise Physiology (MPN 5216::Exercise Physiology)||2|
|MPN 5231||Research Project II with Lab (MPN 5231::Research Project II)||2|
|MPN 5527||Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) I with Lab (MPN 5527:: Advanced MNT I w/Lab)||5|
|MPN 5120||Leadership II (MPN 5120::Leadership II)||1|
|MPN 5225||Public Health II with Lab (MPN 5225::Public Health II w/Lab)||2|
|MPN 5241||Research Project III with Lab (MPN 5241::Research Project III w/Lab)||2|
|MPN 5336||Performance Nutrition with Lab (MPN 5336::Performance Nutrition w/Lab)||3|
|MPN 5337||Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy II with Lab (MPN 5337::Advanced MNT II w/Lab)||3|
|MPN 5130||Leadership III (MPN 5130::Leadership III)||1|
|MPN 5245||Military Nutrition Operations with Lab (MPN 5245::Military Nutrition Operations w/Lab)||2|
|MPN 5240||Experiential Practice I Lab (MPN 5240::Experiential Practice I Lab)||2|
|MPN 5251||Research Project IV with Lab (MPN 5251::Research Project IV w/Lab)||2|
|MPN 5346||Human Performance Optimization with Lab (MPN 5346::Human Performance Optimization)||3|
|MPN 5361||Research Project V with Lab (MPN 5361::Research Project V w/Lab)||3|
|MPN 5450||Experiential Practice II Lab (MPN 5450::Experiential Practice II Lab)||4|
|MPN 5235||Organizational Stewardship with Lab (MPN 5235::Organizational Stewardship w/Lab)||2|
Masters Program Nutrition (MPN)
This course introduces the evidence-based practice (EBP) analysis process and provides a structured format for students to begin interpreting and applying current research. Students will critically evaluate peer-reviewed journal articles, determine their appropriateness to the topic being addressed, and demonstrate the ability to write clear, concise, and coherent passages for future research project classes.
MPN 5110 Leadership I educates students on an overview of theoretical frameworks and concepts for the practice of leadership in organizations. Students have the opportunity to examine and discuss these theories and concepts and reflect on how they relate to the Army profession in a variety of environments. The theories and concepts in this course expand upon and complement leadership doctrine in ADP 6-22.
MPN 5120 Leadership II builds on the foundation from Leadership I. It continues to educate students on an overview of theoretical frameworks and concepts for the practice of leadership in organizations. Students have the opportunity to examine and discuss these theories and concepts and reflect on how they relate to the Army profession in a variety of environments.
The course continues the evidence-based practice analysis process initiated in Scientific Writing (MPN5106). Students expand their detailed literature review outline into a complete narrative literature review document. Students identify one research topic theme to develop a research abstract and poster presentation that demonstrates their ability to articulate the evidence synthesized in a variety of forums.
MPN 5130 Leadership III builds on the concepts introduced in Leadership I and II. It continues to educate students on an overview of theoretical frameworks and concepts for the practice of leadership in organizations with further application. A series of executive skills sessions exposes the students to key skills and tools for success as a Company grade leader and Dietitian.
This course is the first in a series of two courses that, in conjunction with Scientific Writing, provide the foundational knowledge and skills required for successful completion and defense of student research projects. Research Methods I introduces students to basic and advanced concepts related to research design and statistics.
Course uses lecture, discussion, and practical exercises to develop an in depth, applied knowledge of factors affecting physical human performance. A range of topics is addressed, including muscle physiology, cardiovascular kinetics in physical activity, exercise energy metabolism, training adaptations, exercise/training recommendations, physiological testing theory and validity, and physiology in extreme environments.
This clinical nutrition course prepares future registered dietitian nutritionists by providing foundational knowledge of chronic disease states common among the American population. Each disease-specific block of instruction addresses related anatomy & physiology, pharmacology (prescribed medications, OTC considerations, drug nutrient interactions), MNT recommendations, comorbidities, and lifecycle considerations.
This course builds on the foundation of basic and advanced concepts related to research design and statistics attained in MPN 5210 Research Methods I. Students continue to gain an understanding of and interpret basic and advanced statistical analysis techniques. Students learn to perform these operations on SPSS statistical software.
Public Health II expands on foundational concepts introduced in Public Health I, but now framing in a global perspective. Students are exposed to current and emerging issues in global and public health nutrition. They learn to recognize how health indicators, health disparities, and resource availability/accessibility influence the nutrition status of regions worldwide, with an emphasis on lower-middle income countries.
This course continues the research process following Scientific Writing (MPN 5106) and Research Project I (MPN 5121). In small teams, students conduct a mock research study. The course is founded on experiential learning experiences that include developing a research plan and data collection code book, collecting data using a variety of nutrition-relevant tools, and cleaning and analyzing the dataset.
Organizational stewardship creates accountable and committed workplaces by imposing personal responsibility, accountability, and ownership on employees and leaders. This course encourages putting organizational goals over self-interest and ensuring that the organization thrives for subsequent leaders and generations. The course explores fiscal and human resources and governance for department success within a resource-constrained organization.
This course provides experiential learning to enrich competencies with a staff experience. There are several core leadership and management competencies that all MPN 5240 Experiential Practice I Lab students will complete during this course. However, students have the option to choose additional competencies that will be mutually agreed upon by faculty, preceptors, and students.
This course continues the research process following Scientific Writing (MPN 5106) and Research Project I (MPN 5107) while reflecting on the research experiences gained during MPN 5231. Students create a research plan to investigate an assigned research topic, and understand the research protocol’s importance in completing sound scientific research while protecting human subjects/study participants.
The course incorporates current concepts and doctrine along with experiential practice in the management of a nutrition care section within an Army deployable hospital system. This section is responsible for providing hospital nutrition care services including meal preparation and service for patients and staff, providing patient education, and advising the commander on health and nutrition related issues.
Students conduct their research studies, complete a variety of research activities, and demonstrate ability to integrate evidence-informed research principles, critical thinking, and communication skills.
This course includes a combination of lecture and practical exercises that emphasize the steps and principles of research. Students will participate in all steps of research, working individually as well as in small groups. Steps include the protocol approval process, volunteer recruitment, data collection, data analysis/interpretation, and preparation of written and oral presentations of research findings.
Students will explore topics for protocol development. Hypotheses will be generated and supported by literature reviews.
This course is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of nutrition issues confronted in complex emergencies and within the developing world. Emphasis will be placed on macronutrient and micronutrient malnutrition, assessment of nutritional needs, nutritional surveillance and food distribution programs.
Introduction to various energy disorders, energy metabolism, and bioenergetics; requires application of evidence-based practice in a variety of energy-related disease states and disorders; requires critical assessment of the validity and logic behind weight loss claims and advertisements; explores best practices for adult and pediatric weight management; and includes aspects of gene expression, nutrigenomics, and nutrigenetics.
This course is designed to explore a broad range of leadership topics and issues, and to help students develop their executive skills for future roles as managers in clinic and food service operations. Students will have the opportunity to examine their own leadership qualities and develop ways to improve them. Readings will cover both theoretical bases for leadership and practical strategies for effective leadership in the diagnosis, prediction, and analysis of human behavior in organizations.
This nutrition course prepares future registered dietitians nutritionists by providing foundational knowledge about the Nutrition Care Process (NCP).
Course uses lecture, discussion, online resources, and practical exercises to introduce and explore measures to promote, improve, or conserve the military community. Students take an in-depth and practical approach to food policy, behavioral design, and food availability. Topics include programs, initiatives, regulations and policies, and occupational specialties unique to the military, both in garrison and in deployed settings.
Course uses lecture, discussion, and practical experiences to develop an in-depth, applied knowledge of factors affecting physical and cognitive human performance. Proactive, active, and reactive components of a comprehensive performance nutrition concept are presented.
This clinical nutrition course provides advanced knowledge of nutrition support therapy and evidence-based practice for various critical care populations. Anatomy & physiology, pharmacology (prescribed medications, OTC considerations, and drug nutrient interactions), MNT recommendations, comorbidities, and lifecycle consideration are reviewed for advanced disease states.
The Human Performance Optimization (HPO) course educates an interprofessional care team of military allied health students (Occupational Therapist [65A], Physical Therapist [65B], and Registered Dietitian [65C]) who collaboratively develop and deliver holistic individual and unit services in a resource-constrained military environment outside of standard clinical care environments.
This course is the final step in the research process. Students finish data analysis, develop results tables / figures, complete their written manuscripts, and defend their studies to their research committees. This course is founded on experiential learning experiences that include data analysis, creation of tables and figures to display relevant findings, and properly interpreting the results through written and oral communication.
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic and advanced concepts, techniques, and technologies used in the scientific inquiry of applied clinical research.
This course provides an in-depth review of the study and application of nutrition principles related to the critically ill patient with an emphasis on trauma and burn. Course includes lab.
This clinical nutrition course prepares future registered dietitian nutritionists by providing foundational knowledge of nutrition requirements and considerations for various populations.
In this course, students will explore anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Course explores measures to promote, improve, or conserve Soldiers’ mental and physical well-being. Students will take a more in-depth and practical approach to evaluating operational Army unit capabilities and physical demands as well as interdisciplinary teamwork to achieve optimal health outcomes.
This course introduces the evidence-based medicine analysis process and provides a structured format for interpretation and application of current research. The course develops and/or builds on skills to find relevant peer-reviewed journal articles for a specific topic; critically evaluate peer reviewed journal articles and determine their appropriateness to the topic being addressed; and write a clear, concise, and coherent literature review.
This course provides experiential learning to enrich competencies with a staff experience. There are several core leadership and management competencies that all students will complete during this course. However, students have the option to choose additional competencies that will be mutually agreed upon by faculty, preceptors, and students.
This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of how nutrition variables can impact both physical and cognitive performance. Topics include exercise physiology, exercise screening, fuel mobilization (carbohydrate, fat, and protein), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), hydration, body composition, supplements, and energy balance. Course includes lab.
Introduction to various topics in energy disorders, energy metabolism, and biochemistry; apply evidence-based practice in a variety of energy-related disease states and disorders; critically-assess the validity and logic behind weight loss claims and advertisements; explore human weight management; familiarization with gene expression, nutrigenomics, and molecular diagnostics.
The course uses lecture, discussions, case studies, and simulations to emphasize the implementation of the nutrition care process (NCP) and the provision of medical nutrition therapy (MNT) to patients with various disease states. The course emphasizes the technical skills needed for nutrition documentation, counseling, and education that includes multiple opportunities to practice interview and counseling.
This course focuses on food safety and regulations as well as human resource management, institutional menu development, budgeting, finance, and food service equipment, layout and design. This course explores a broad range of leadership and food service topics and issues, and helps students develop their executive skills for future roles as military officers, leaders, and managers.
This clinical nutrition course prepares future registered dietitian nutritionists by providing advanced knowledge of nutrition support therapy and evidence-based practice for various critical care populations. Each disease-specific block of instruction addresses related anatomy & physiology, pharmacology (prescribed medications, OTC considerations, and drug nutrient interactions), MNT recommendations, comorbidities, and lifecycle considerations.
Student will participate in a group research project (data collection, analysis, and presentation).
Student will complete an individual research protocol (data collection, analysis, and presentation).