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MPH in Nutritional Sciences

The Masters of Public Health in Nutrition 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. The degree requires coursework in nutritional sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health and health services. Successful completion of the MPH requires a practicum and a research-based master's thesis.

Likely Careers

Graduates of the Master of Public Health in Nutrition participate in policy analysis and program development, and design and manage community-wide nutrition education intervention programs.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Interdisciplinary Program

Admission requirements

Application Deadline:  Dec. 1 for Autumn Quarter entry

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Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Nutritional Sciences, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health for the MPH degree;
  • Apply knowledge of human nutrient requirements and their relationship to metabolic pathways and physiological function to the practice of public health nutrition;
  • Perform an in depth assessment of the nutritional status of individuals and groups;
  • 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;
  • Explain and critique the process, rationale and issues related to establishing nutrient requirements and dietary guidance for the population;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Plan, manage and evaluate population-based nutrition interventions, programs and/or initiatives;
  • Select and apply appropriate research methodologies (critically evaluate literature, study design, statistical analysis) according to area of interest and career goals; and
  • Apply conceptual models of evidence-based approaches to promoting nutritional health.