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MPH in Public Health Nutrition

The MPH in Public Health Nutrition program provides interdisciplinary training in public health and nutritional sciences to prepare graduates for careers as public health nutritionists in public health practice, governmental agencies, academic institutions, health care systems and the private sector. Graduates of the MPH Nutrition program participate in policy analysis, program development and both the design and management of population-based community nutrition interventions. The degree requires coursework in nutritional sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health and health services. Successful completion of the MPH requires a practicum, fieldwork, and a research-based master’s thesis.

Learning Objectives: Upon satisfactory completion of a MPH in Nutritional Sciences, graduates will be able to:

  1. Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health for the MPH degree;
  2. Meet the core competencies established by the Nutritional Sciences Program for all Nutritional Sciences students;
  3. Apply knowledge of human nutrient requirements and their relationship to metabolic pathways and physiological function to the practice of public health nutrition;
  4. Perform an in depth assessment of the nutritional status of individuals and groups;
  5. Appraise how nutritional factors across the lifespan affect etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major diseases, quality of life, and productivity at work and school in the population;
  6. Explain and critique the process, rationale and issues related to establishing nutrient requirements and dietary guidance for the population;
  7. Categorize the political, economic, and social processes that influence the development, evaluation, implementation, financing, and advocacy for policies and programs that improve the public's nutritional health;
  8. Summarize the components and relationships between components of the public health nutrition system in the United States, and predict how this system might respond to policy changes;
  9. Plan, manage and evaluate population-based nutrition interventions, programs and/or initiatives;
  10. Select and apply appropriate research methodologies (critically evaluate literature, study design, statistical analysis) according to area of interest and career goals; and
  11. Apply conceptual models of evidence-based approaches to promoting nutritional health.

Please remember to visit your advisor at least once/quarter to make sure you are on track with your degree. Contact the Nutritional Sciences Program Office to request a degree audit the quarter before you graduate to ensure that all program requirements have been satisfied.

MPH Course Requirements in Nutritional Sciences






1st Autumn

Credits: 16-17
BIOST 511 Biostatistics 4 All MPH
NUTR 500 Seminar 1 All MPH
NUTR 520 Nutrition & Metabolism I 3 All MPH
EPI 511 Intro to Epidemiology 4 All MPH
HSERV 511 Intro to Health Services 3 All MPH
NUTR 529 Nutrition & Research Design 1 All MPH (529B also required in 2nd autumn)
NUTR 561A GCPD Seminar 1 GCPD

1st Winter

Credits: 11-15
NUTR 500 Seminar 1 All MPH
NUTR 521 Nutrition and Metabolism II 3 All MPH
NUTR 531 Public Health Nutrition 4 All MPH
ENV H 510
ENV H 511
Global Environmental and Occupational Health
OR Environmental and Occupational Health
4 (510)
3 (511)
NUTR 545 Food Safety and Health 3 GCPD (Track 1 only)

1st Spring

Credits: 11-16
NUTR 500 Seminar/Student Symposium 1 All MPH
NUTR 522 Nutrition and Metabolism III 3 All MPH
NUTR 562 Nutr & Chronic Dis 4 All MPH
HSERV510 Society and Health 3 All MPH
NUTR 536 Nutrition Education Principles and Practice 3 GCPD
NUTR 560 Nutrition Counseling 2 GCPD

1st Summer - GCPD Only

Credits: 3
NUTR 564 Management in Nutrition Services 3 GCPD (Track 1 only)

Supervised Practice/Practice Experience

(The timing of this rotation varies depending on the sites. It generally occurs in late August or early September.)

3 Weeks GCPD

2nd Autumn

Credits: 5-12
NUTR 526 (or 527*)
*526 required for GCPD students
Maternal and Infant Nutrition (or Pediatric Nutrition) 3 All MPH
NUTR 529 Nutrition & Research Design 2 All MPH (529A also required in 1st autumn)
NUTR 563 Nutrition and Acute Care 4 GCPD
NUTR 559 Orientation to Clinical Practice 3 GCPD
  GCPD Students: Consider taking some thesis credits (NUTR 700) or fieldwork credit (NUTR 532) this quarter    

2nd Winter/Spring/Summer - GCPD Only

Credits: 30
NUTR 561* Supervised Practice/Practice Experience 10 per quarter GCPD

MPH Students are required to complete the following credits not tied to a specific quarter:

Credits: 20
NUTR 595

MPH Practicum (For non-GCPD students)

GCPD students complete practicum during practice experience as NUTR 561.

6 All MPH
NUTR 700 MPH Thesis 9 All MPH
NUTR 532** Fieldwork 1-2 All MPH
Electives 3 All MPH***

*NUTR 561 - register through PCE (Professional and Continuing Education), counts as MPH practicum 595 credits for MPH students

**NUTR 532 - MPH-nutrition students complete 1-2 fieldwork experiences (NUTR 532). MPH students who are not in the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics complete two fieldwork rotations (2 cr of NUTR 532). MPH/GCPD students complete 1 credit of NUTR 532 (the equivalent of the second fieldwork is completed during the GCPD internship and is documented on the transcript as NUTR 561).

*** GCPD courses count toward the MPH degree as electives

Useful MPH Links

UW Graduate School
Master's Degree Request
UW Time Schedule
Academic Calendar
MPH Fieldwork Information

MPH Nutrition Practicum
Proposal for Independent Study Registration (NUTR 537, 600, 700, 800) (aka "Goldenrod")
Grants and Funding Information Service

Updated May 8, 2014



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