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MHNE Curriculum & Academic Requirements

Read on to learn about the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education (MHNE) Degree course descriptions, academic requirements, completion timelines, program grading scale, repeating courses, extensions, the leave of absence policy, and more.

What You’ll Learn

View the in-depth curriculum, including course descriptions, course objectives, credits, exam schedules, and classes that you are required to take by clicking on the “details” link for each course shown in the table below.

MHNE 601 – Nutrition and the Environment details
MHNE 602 – Strategies for Health & Nutrition Educators details
MHNE 603.10 – Human Physiology and Anatomy details
MHNE 604 – Understanding Macronutrients details
MHNE 603 – Research Methods in Health Education details
MHNE 605 – Understanding Micronutrients details
MHNE 606 – Health Supportive Food Guidelines details
MHNE 607 – Holistic Health Coaching details
MHNE 608 – Healthy Life Cycles details
MHNE 609 – Balancing Energy and Weight details
MHNE 611 – The Business of Health and Nutrition Educators details
MHNE 650 – Research Project details

Scholastic & Graduation Requirements

Students must submit assignments and complete a course in sixty (60) days or less for three (3) credit courses and ninety (90) days or less for the four (4) credit thesis course. Each course has an online examination that must be taken prior to the end date of the course. Proctored online examinations are required in designated courses in this program. A total of thirty-seven (37) credits are needed to graduate.

To graduate, students must complete all courses and examinations and achieve an average grade of B or better. Students may have the opportunity to resubmit assignments that have received a grade of F. Students must clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before a diploma is awarded. No cumulative final test or examination is required to complete the MHNE program.

Flexible Completion Rate

Hawthorn reports graduation statistics as defined by the California Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education (CA BPPE) in the School Performance Fact Sheet. A 100% completion rate for the MHNE program is defined as the successful completion of the program within thirty-two (32) months. Hawthorn also calculates the 150% graduation statistics. Students who complete their MHNE program within forty-eight (48) months are defined as 150% completers.

Most Hawthorn University students take only one course at a time. Students can complete this program in thirteen (13) months if enrolled in multiple courses at the same time.

Leave of Absence

Some students may have extraordinary life circumstances that take them over published completion rates. Students experiencing extraordinary circumstances can review the leave of absence policy or petition for a program extension in this catalog or the student handbook.

Course Grading Scales

Letter grades are determined according to the following scale:

Grade Score Description Grade Points
A 100-94 Excellent 4.0
A- 93-90 High Quality 3.7
B+ 89-87 Very Good 3.3
B 86-84 Good 3.0
B- 83-80 Acceptable 2.7
C+ 79-77 Fair 2.3
C 76-73 Poor 2.0
C- 72-70 Very Poor 1.7
F Below 69 Failure 0.0

Grade Point Average

Students in a graduate program must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above to graduate. The registrar calculates grade point averages according to the point values in the grading scale. A grade of W (Withdraw) does not calculate into the GPA. Withdrawals, however, may be counted toward credits attempted for academic progress requirements.

Students who deserve recognition for excellence in academic performance will be identified at graduation with the following designations:

Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 – 4.00

Magna Cum Laude – 3.80 – 3.89

Cum Laude – 3.70 – 3.78

Repeating a Course

Students who receive an F (Fail) grade in a course may repeat that course one time in order to earn a passing grade. Failure of the same course a second time may result in dismissal from the University. GPA will be computed by the grade earned in the second attempt. Both course grades will remain on the transcript.

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