Master of Public Health (MPH)

Public Health Nutrition

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Better nutrition. Better health. Stronger communities.

The public health nutrition graduate program is designed for students who are committed to creating healthy communities that support healthy eating and active living. The curriculum strongly emphasizes food access, community nutrition interventions, health disparities, and public health nutrition policies and programs to support healthy eating throughout the life course.

Our Public Health Nutrition MPH program is located in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, a Division that uniquely houses Epidemiology, Public Health Nutrition, Maternal & Child Health, and Community Health. This interdisciplinary structure provides students with access to courses and faculty across disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to specialize their training to individual interests and career goals such as maternal and child nutrition, nutrition policy, or obesity prevention.

The Public Health Nutrition MPH offers two curriculum tracks:

Advantages of the Public Health Nutrition MPH

Impact Focused. Population-based, practice-oriented training develops the skills necessary to create, implement, and evaluate nutrition policies, programs and interventions for individuals, populations and communities to address social determinants of health and reduce nutrition-related health disparities. All students work with local, state or federal organizations to develop public health nutrition practice skills as part of the curriculum.

Innovative Education. Concentrations, certificates, and minors allow students to tailor the program to their interests and develop skills which uniquely position them for future work in public health and community nutrition. Students can pursue a variety of minors including health equity, global public health, American Indian Health and Wellness, epidemiology and others. Many pursue the coordinated master’s program—one of the only programs of its kind in the U.S.

Networking and Community Engagement. Students engage with peers, faculty, practitioners, and mentors from various backgrounds in a highly interprofessional environment. The Twin Cities metro area provides a wide range of opportunities for volunteering, networking and employment. Students are also able to join student organizations such as the Diversity Network, Student Ambassadors, and the Council for Interprofessional Programs.

Who Should Apply?

Students with career goals in public health nutrition, maternal and child nutrition, community intervention, and nutrition epidemiology are ideal candidates for this program. The program is also a valuable addition to graduate and health care training programs (such as medicine, nursing, or dentistry), law school, and food and agriculture programs.

Dual Accreditation

The University of Minnesota, School of Public Health is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools which is part of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education. The School of Public Health (SPH) is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). It was re-accredited for a full seven-year period in 2022.

Contact Information:
Council on Education for Public Health
800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202
Washington DC 20001-3710
Telephone: (202) 789-1050

The CMP is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600, ext. 5400.

Effective for the 2020 admissions cycle, this program does not require the GRE. Applicants who have already taken the GRE may submit their scores if they choose, however it is not required.

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