MPH in Public Health Nutrition prepares students to promote the nutritional well-being of population groups. Students learn to assess the nutritional needs of various populations, to plan and implement nutrition and food programs and to manage nutritional programs in community and institutional settings. The specialization offers one curriculum for those who are Registered Dietitians (RDs) and another for those without this credential. Graduates work in hospitals; clinics; community programs; local, state, or federal government health departments and in international nutrition programs. Credits: 45

Graduates work to promote the nutritional well-being of population groups by assessing the nutritional needs of populations, evaluating and designing nutrition and food programs, and managing nutritional programs in community and institutional settings. Students have the option to pursue the dietetic internship.

 

Admissions Information:

Admission Requirements

for all MPH specializations

  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA (overall and major) of at least 3.0 preferred
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose (recommended length is 500 words)
  • Graduate Record Exam (General GRE) (waived for those with graduate degree from accredited U.S. university). SOPHAS GRE code is 7914
  • Background in the field: at least one year of experience in public health or related field
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation, also known as evaluations – for your application to be deemed complete, SOPHAS requires 3 evaluations.
  • TOEFL scores are required if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation – for all applicants with international transcripts. Must be from World Education Services (WES)
Additional Admission Requirements

At least four undergraduate courses (12 credits) of college-level biology, chemistry, nutrition, and statistics or calculus; a background in nutrition, medical, or health sciences is recommended.

Apply All degree-seeking students must complete the SOPHAS application 

DEADLINE: MARCH 1

Acceptance occurs once a year, for the Fall semester only.

 

 

Competencies

  • Apply research methodology, interpretation of research literature and integration of research principles into evidence-based practice for public health nutrition
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication and advocacy skills for public health nutrition
  • Contribute to the design, planning, implementation or evaluation of community nutrition interventions as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Identify and prioritize nutritional problems for individuals at various stages of the life cycle and for diverse population groups using appropriate assessment methodologies
  • Discuss the role of government and organizational systems and policies that influence accessibility, adequacy and safety of the food supply system (production, processing, distribution, consumption), and the relationship of food, nutrition and lifestyle choices in health promotion and disease prevention
  • Use social and behavioral theories to inform public health and nutrition research and practice

 

Curriculum without Dietetic Internship

Core Coursework (15 credits) BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics
EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Society & Behavioral Health
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management
Required Coursework (18 credits) CHSS 620 Community Health Assessment
FNPH 621 Principles of Public Health Nutrition
FNPH 620 Community Nutrition Education
FNPH 622 Food and Nutrition Through the Lifecycle
FNPH 820 Food Policy
CHSS 624 Health Program Planning and Funding
Elective Coursework (6 credits) Two (2) electives chosen in consultation with academic advisor
Practice Experience (3 credits) PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork
Culminating Experience (3 credits) PUBH 698 Capstone Project
Total Credits Required for MPH 45

 

Recommended Course Sequence without Dietetic Internship

Semester Course Credits
Year 1 Fall FNPH 620 Community Nutrition Education 3
EOHS 610 Fundamentals of Environmental Health 3
EPID 610 Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
CHSS 610 Fundamentals of Society & Behavioral Health 3
Year 1 Spring FNPH 621 Principles of Public Health Nutrition 3
HPAM 610 Fundamentals of Health Policy & Management 3
FNPH 622 Food and Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 3
CHSS 620 Community Health Assessment 3
Year 1 Summer PUBH 696 Supervised Fieldwork 3
Year 2 Fall BIOS 610 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 3
Elective I 3
FNPH 820 Food Policy 3
Year 2 Spring Elective II 3
CHSS 624 Health Program Planning and Funding 3
PUBH 698 Capstone Project 3

 

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