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MPH in Nutritional Sciences with the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD)

The Masters of Public Health in Nutrition with the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) provides interdisciplinary training in nutritional sciences and dietetics. Applicants apply to the Nutritional Sciences Program for the degree, and to the dietetics program (GCPD) for the coursework and supervised practice necessary to sit for the RD exam. The GCPD is granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A research-based master's thesis and 1200 hours of supervised practice (practicum included) are required. After completing this program and passing the national exam, students have the MPH RD credentials.

Likely Careers

As masterís level Registered Dietitians, graduates of our program engage in client-centered health promotion, disease prevention, public health program development, design and management of community-wide nutrition education intervention programs, policy analysis, clinical dietetics, and private sector dietetic practice.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Interdisciplinary Program

Degree Admission Requirements
GCPD Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline: †Dec. 1 for Autumn Quarter entry

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Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Nutritional Sciences with the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD), graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the generic SPH learning objectives for the MPH degree;
  • Meet the Core-Specific Learning Objectives for all MPH students;
  • Describe human nutrient requirements and their relationship to metabolic pathways and physiological function;
  • Assess the nutritional status of individuals and groups;
  • Describe 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;
  • Describe the process, rationale and issues related to establishing nutrient requirements and dietary guidance for the population;
  • Identify 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;
  • Describe the public health nutrition system in the United States;
  • Plan, manage and evaluate population-based nutrition interventions, programs and/or initiatives;
  • Apply appropriate research methodologies (critically evaluate literature, study design, statistical analysis) according to area of interest and career goals;
  • Apply conceptual models of evidence-based approaches to promoting nutritional health; and
  • Meet the competencies for the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics as set by the ACEND Accreditation Standards for Dietetic Education Programs leading to the RD credential.