MPH in Public Health Nutrition


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


Admission requirements

Application Deadline:  Dec. 1 for Autumn Quarter entry


Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in MPH in Public Health Nutrition, graduates will be able to:

A. Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health (SPH) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for all MPH students.

B. Meet the core competencies established by the Nutritional Sciences Program for all Nutritional Sciences students:

    1. Apply knowledge of human nutrient requirements in relation to genetics, metabolic pathways, and physiological function across the life course.
    2. Assess nutritional status of individuals and groups.
    3. Appraise how nutritional factors across the lifespan are linked to non-communicable diseases (NCD) and quality of life.
    4. Apply evidence-based approaches to improve diet quality and nutritional status.
    5. Apply appropriate methodologies to a research question.
    6. Explain, critique, and apply the process of public health practice and nutrition policy development.
    7. Describe the basic components and determinants of the US food and nutrition systems.

C. Translate knowledge and skills from Nutritional Sciences and SPH/CEPH MPH competencies to evidence-based public health nutrition practice.