Career

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; industry; and community health organizations.

Public health nutrition graduates are involved in assessing and monitoring the health of communities and populations; developing, implementing and evaluating nutrition policies, programs and interventions; and communicating with and educating the public.

Individuals who obtain the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist credential are also prepared to provide medical nutrition therapy in health care settings such as hospitals and clinics.

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

  • Branch Chief, School Meal Programs and Food Distribution Programs, USDA FNS Midwest Regional Office
  • Director, Policy, Partnerships and Communications, CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.
  • Child Hunger Specialist, Second Harvest Heartland
  • State Health Improvement Partnership Educator, University of Minnesota Extension
  • Public Health Analyst, US Health Resources and Services Administration¬†
  • Education Program Specialist, Ohio Dept of Education
  • Diabetes Program Supervisor, Minnesota Dept of Health
  • Community Evaluation Coordinator, Minnesota Dept of Health
  • Nutrition and Food Systems Officer, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization
  • Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist, Minnesota Dept of Health
  • WIC Training Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority
  • Outpatient Dietitian/Nutrition Counselor, Indian Health Board
  • Private Practice Dietitian
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