Nutrition and Public Health MS

Master of Science in Nutrition & Public Health


The Nutrition and Public Health master’s degree prepares graduates to translate evidence-based guidelines and best practice recommendations to plan, implement, and evaluate food and nutrition programs and services and develop policy, systems, and environmental-change strategies in government agencies, food and nutrition assistance programs, community non-profit organizations, schools and child care programs, healthcare delivery organizations, and industry. Students take additional electives beyond the core that will especially prepare them to conduct community and individual nutritional assessment and evaluation; program planning and management; coalition building; address structural racism in food access; advocacy; communication; and participation in multidisciplinary teams to provide programs to meet public health needs, or improve the sustainability of food systems, and increase equity. Fieldwork is an essential component of this master’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.

The degree program is approved by the Association of Faculties of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition. Coursework conforms to the recommendations of that association and is equivalent to one offered by a school of public health.

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Admissions Information

Master of Science

  • Points/Credits: 47
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test, MCAT, GMAT, or DAT

How to Apply

The Nutrition faculty reviews applications throughout the year. However, preference in scholarship awards will go to students whose applications arrive during the initial months of each calendar year.

To be considered for admission to the Program in Nutrition, applicants must submit the following through the Admissions application:

  • Application document
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Official transcripts that confirm completion of at least five of the seven master's prerequisite courses. If admitted to the Program in Nutrition, the outstanding master's prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to beginning master's courses. Please note that the following master's prerequisites must be completed within five years of beginning master's courses: introductory nutrition, biochemistry, anatomy & physiology I with lab, and anatomy & physiology II with lab. (Basic statistics, general chemistry with lab, and organic chemistry with lab can be older than five years.)
  • Two or three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on the general exam.

Each application is reviewed within a few weeks of the Nutrition faculty receiving the application from the Office of Admission. Prospective students will receive formal letters informing them of their admission status.

Since applications remain "active" for one year within the Office of Admission, applications can be submitted in piecemeal. However, an application will not be forwarded to the Nutrition faculty for review until the application is submitted as complete. If you have questions about your submitted application, please contact Admissions at 212-678-3710. 

Prerequisites

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Course Requirements

Master of Science: General Requirements

The major program emphases are in the fields of Nutrition Education, Nutrition and Public Health, and Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Students in all three M.S. programs may qualify for the Dietetic Internship through coursework for the M.S. degrees and the completion of additional academic prerequisites and requirements specifically for the Dietetic Internship. All three M.S. Nutrition degrees require the following core courses:

  • HBSV 4010 Food, Nutrition, and Behavior
  • HBSV 4013 Nutritional Ecology
  • HBSV 4014 Community Nutrition
  • HBSV 5010 Advanced Nutrition I
  • HBSV 5011 Advanced Nutrition II
  • HBSV 5013 Strategies for Nutrition Education and Health Behavior Change
  • HBSV 5014 Analysis of Current Literature and Research in Nutrition
  • HBSV 5015 Nutritional Epidemiology
  • HBSV 5033-5034 Nutrition Care Process and Medical Nutrition Therapy I and II
  • HBSV 5036 Nutrition Counseling
  • HBSV 5231, 5232, or 5233 Extended Fieldwork in Nutrition and Public Health, Nutrition and Education, or Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
  • BBSR 5582 Research Eesign in the Movement Sciences, or
  • HBSS 5040 Research Methods in Health and Behavior Studies , or
  • HBSS 6100 Measurement and Program Evaluation

As noted above, all three Master of Science degrees require a block of supervised fieldwork as well as a substantial integrative departmental project or thesis. Fieldwork can take place in the New York City area, in other parts of the United States, or in an international setting, depending on the interests of the student. The Dietetic Internship may satisfy the fieldwork experience requirement. Students must also submit a portfolio of their work in preparation for a Dietetic Internship.

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 47- to 48-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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