Public Health Nutrition professionals are involved in nutritional assessment; developing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition interventions; developing nutrition-related public health policies; and monitoring the health of individuals, communities and populations.

Approximately 60 percent of our graduates work in public health agencies (e.g., local and state health departments, and national public health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 20 percent in educational institutions or the USDA Cooperative Extension Service, and the remainder in health promotion and education programs in health care organizations and private industry.  Other graduates are public relations and media consultants, internship directors, or in private practice/consulting.

Career Prospects

The PHN program prepares graduates for a wide variety of positions in national, state, and local public health agencies; nonprofit health agencies; international nongovernmental organizations; and community service organizations. Individuals who obtain or hold the Registered Dietitian credential are also prepared to obtain positions in health care settings such as hospitals and clinics.

Professionals with training in public health nutrition, regardless of their place of employment, are involved in assessing individuals, communities and populations; developing, implementing and evaluating nutrition interventions; and monitoring the health of individuals, communities, and populations.

Examples of Positions Held by Recent Graduates of the Public Health Nutrition MPH Program

Essentia Institute of Rural Health
Research and Evaluation Specialist

Mayo Clinic
Wellness Dietitian

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Childhood Obesity Prevention Fellow

BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota
Health Improvement Project Manager

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Clinical Dietitian

Minnesota Department of Education
Nutrition Program Consultant

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