Dietetic interns will receive 14 hours of graduate credit. These subject matter credits may be used toward completion of a Master of Arts degree in Human Environmental Studies or a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science.

The Master of Arts in Human Environmental Studies is designed for the person with a baccalaureate degree who is in a professional role related to improving the quality of life for individuals and families. In addition to the baccalaureate degree, the applicant must have completed 18 hours of credit in Human Environmental Studies and/or related discipline.

The objectives for this program are to:

  1. Prepare professionals to interface more effectively with individuals and families for improved quality of life.
  2. Prepare professionals for advanced study in Human Environmental Studies subject matter areas.
  3. Provide a foundation in history, philosophy, and theory related to Human Environmental Studies.
  4. Promote an understanding of and/or activity in research relative to individual and family life.

Core Requirements

Minimum of 18 hours as follows:

  • HE625: Evaluating Research in the Human Services (3)
  • PY571: Introductory Behavioral Statistics (3)
  • HE601: Sustainable Environments in Human Services (3)
  • HE608: Supervision & Personnel Development in Human Environmental Studies (3)
  • CF630: Family Systems (3)
  • HE615 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • HE637 Research Design in Human Services (3)

Subject Matter

Minimum of 18 hours. These may include:

  • FN600: Advanced Practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy (4)
  • FN610: Advanced Practice in Food Service Systems Management (4)
  • FN620: Advanced Practice in Community Based Nutrition (4)
  • FN650: Seminar in Advanced Professional Skills for the Registered Dietitian (2)

Other courses in the subject matter or related area(s) are to be determined by the advisor and student. Minimum of 36 hours total.


Scully Building 114

Joel Ramdial
Internship Director

Charlotte Cervantes
Assistant Internship Director

Human Environmental Studies
One University Plaza, MS 5750
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701