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Master of Science: Nutrition and Public Health

The Program in Nutrition and Public Health is an approved program of the Association of Faculties of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition. Coursework for the 46 to 49-point Master of Science degree conforms to the recommendations of that association, so that the degree is equivalent to one offered by a school of public health.

In addition to the core in nutrition science and the behavioral sciences, coursework is required in epidemiology, program planning, and public health policy. Students are required to take HBSV 5018 unless previously taken. Other courses in public health are selected to complement the student’s previous academic background and work experiences and to take into account the student’s interests and career goals.

The Nutrition and Public Health major prepares graduates to take leadership roles in government, community, and public health agencies, carrying out a variety of planning, instructional, and administrative tasks related to health promotion and disease prevention. These include community and individual nutritional assessment and evaluation; program planning and management; coalition building; and participation in multidisciplinary teams to provide programs to meet public health needs or improve the sustainability of food systems. 

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The master's degree in Nutrition and Public Health prepares graduates to fill a variety of planning, directing, instructional and administrative roles in government, community and public health agencies.

This M.S. degree focuses on the following four broad areas: food and nutrition science, research and evaluation, leadership and management, and culture and communication. Field work is an essential component of this M.S. degree and provides the opportunity through observation, discussion and participation in ongoing programs to gain a broad understanding of public health and the role of the public health nutritionist.

Students who pursue this master's degree are eligible to apply to the Dietetic Internship Program following completion of partial coursework for the M.S. and completion of other academic prerequisites.

Several courses required for this master's degree may be taken concurrently with the Dietetic Internship Program.

Here are the courses required for the master's degree in Nutrition and Public Health, plus those required to be eligible to apply to the Dietetic Internship Program to become a registered dietitian.

Prerequisites for the M.S.