The Public Health Nutrition MPH offers two curriculum tracks (Standard Program or Coordinated Master’s Program) which provide students with a curriculum that offers flexibility and opportunities for customization. Coursework emphasizes nutritional assessment, program planning, health behavior change and intervention strategies, and policy development.
Our world class faculty teach small, in-person classes and have direct interaction with students. For example, Dr. Jamie Stang teaches Maternal, Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition; Dr. Stang also teaches the Foundations of Public Health Nutrition Leadership course; Dr. Lisa Harnack teaches Nutrition and Chronic Disease; Dr. Melissa Laska teaches Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health Practice; Dr. Mark Pereira teaches Nutritional Epidemiology; and Dr. Jennifer Linde teaches the Community Nutrition Intervention; Drs. Pereira, Harnack and Dr. Ellen Demerath teach Nutrition Assessment. Students also have the opportunity to take skill building courses, such as evaluation I: concepts, focus group methods, using Excel and Access in public health settings.
Standard Program (42 credits): the standard program is available for students with or without nutrition/dietetic backgrounds. Coursework emphasizes food access, nutrition policy, community nutrition, health disparities and healthy eating throughout the life course.
Coordinated Master’s Program (55-62 credits): The coordinated master’s program provides both an MPH in Public Health Nutrition and the required coursework and internship hours to be eligible to take the RD exam. This is a competitive program with only 11 spots available each year.