Public Health Nutrition

Better nutrition. Better health. Stronger communities.

The Public Health Nutrition MPH program is designed for students who are committed to health promotion and disease prevention through healthy eating. The curriculum strongly emphasizes food access, nutrition policy, community nutrition interventions/programs, health disparities, nutrition assessment, and healthy eating throughout the life course.

Our unique infrastructure combines Public Health Nutrition, Maternal & Child Health, Community Health, and Epidemiology in one department, giving students access to faculty across disciplines.

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Advantages of the Public Health Nutrition MPH

Career and Impact Focused. Thorough, application-oriented training develops the skills necessary to create, implement, and evaluate nutrition programs and interventions.

Innovative Education. Students can focus their training on epidemiologic methods, pursue the coordinated master’s program—one of the only programs of its kind in the U.S., or customize their studies to other specialty areas.

Tailored Focus. Through concentrations, certificates, and minors such as global health, public health policy, and health equity, students can tailor the program to their interests.

Exposure. Students move through the program with one cohort group and engage with faculty, practitioners, and trainees from various backgrounds in a highly interdisciplinary environment.

Who Should Apply?

Students with career goals in public health and applied nutrition, community intervention, and nutritional epidemiology are ideal candidates for this program. The program is also a valuable prelude to other graduate and professional education, including education in applied health professions (such as medicine, nursing, or dentistry), law school, and agriculture-focused studies.

Coordinated Master’s Program — Becoming a Public Health Dietitian

Curriculum & Degree Information (PDF)

Click here to learn more about:

  • The program mission, goals, & objectives
  • ACEND accreditation of the CMP program
  • Requirements for becoming a registered dietitian

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Click here to learn more about frequently asked questions, including:

  • CMP specific program costs & tuition
  • The academic calendar

2018-2019 Public Health Nutrition MPH Student Guidebook (PDF)

Click here to learn more about the program and program requirements, including graduation requirements.

Application Deadline

Final Deadline: July 1, 2019
Scholarship Deadline: December 1, 2018

*Note: Final deadline for Coordinated Master’s Program is December 1

Professor Melissa Laska (left) and Public Health Nutrition student Kirsten Arm (right) are working with local Northside business owners, like Ousman Camara (center), to get healthy, fresh food in neighborhood stores.
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Contact Us

Epidemiology & Community Health Student Services
612-626-8802
epichstu@umn.edu

Program Director
Lyn Steffen
steff025@umn.edu

Program Director for Coordinated Master’s
Allison Riederer
612-626-8801
ariedere@umn.edu

students Rebecca Leighton and Samantha Mosbrucker smiling
Rebecca Leighton, MPH ’17: After learning that 17 percent of U of M undergraduates are food insecure, Rebecca Leighton dedicated herself to taking action by establishing a student food pantry. “My research for my degree is interviewing food-insecure students,” she explained. “I’m learning about the psychological impact of food insecurity.”

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