The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi has been recognized as having one of the nation's top online master's in nutrition programs in rankings for 2016-17 by TopMastersinHealthcare.com. The USM program checked in at No. 13 on the list.
The web site's editors noted that Southern Miss offers one of the very best masters programs in dietetics online – with an emphasis in Management of Childhood Nutrition.
The ranking were established after the editors created a list of nutrition programs available online using College Navigator and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database. The programs were ranked based on accreditation, related programs, internships and costs.
"It's great to have this validation of the quality and good value provided by our online master's degree program," said Dr. Kathy Yadrick, professor and director of the online M.S. in Nutrition and Food Systems, Management of Child Nutrition Programs emphasis. "Our graduates have shared with us their satisfaction with its convenience, as well the ways in which the program enhanced their professional development."
Yadrick points out that the Southern Miss program offers broad appeal to students.
"The dietetics practice emphasis is tailored for individuals with a nutrition and dietetics background, and the management of child nutrition programs emphasis is suitable for individuals with a background in business, K-12 education, or hospitality and food service, as well as nutrition," she said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for registered dietitians (RDs) will markedly increase in the coming years. More specifically, the bureau expects the number of employed nutritionists and dietitians to grow by about 16% before 2024.
To learn more about degree programs in the USM Department of Nutrition & Food Systems, call 601.266.5377 or visit: https://www.usm.edu/nutrition