The Master of Public Health in Public Health Nutrition provides interdisciplinary training in public health and nutritional sciences to prepare graduates for careers in governmental agencies, academic institutions, health care systems, non-profit organizations, and other community settings. Graduates of the Nutritional Sciences MPH program participate in the design and management of population-based community nutrition interventions.
Program faculty are recognized as national and international experts in the areas of health policy, epidemiology, public health program planning and evaluation, maternal and child health, and social and behavioral sciences.
The MPH program adheres to the curriculum guide established by The Association of The Faculties of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition for the preparation of public health nutritionists. The degree requires coursework in nutritional sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health and health services and a research-based master’s thesis.
Field experiences under the joint supervision of an experienced practicing public health nutritionist and a faculty adviser are an integral part of the program. Successful completion of the MPH requires a practicum and fieldwork and the faculty adviser makes every attempt to work with students to secure placements that complement the student’s areas of interest.
Combining Registered Dietitian Training with the MPH Degree
The Program offers the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-approved Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics, which is required for attaining registered dietitian (RD) status. Through this optional program, training in the application of nutritional sciences to dietetic practice is provided through didactic, clinical, and community experiences.