Master of Public Health in the Field of Public Health Nutrition

Program Director K. Robien

Practicum Director K. Robien

Mission

The mission of the master of public health (M.P.H.) degree program in the field of public health nutrition is to develop and train graduate students to integrate nutrition into the core of public health practice. The program encompasses a social ecological perspective on the role of nutrition in the etiology, prevention, and treatment of both acute and chronic disease at the individual, community, national, and global levels. This program is designed to train students as public health scientists and practitioners in order to assist public and private agencies with program development, implementation, and evaluation with regard to nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention.  

Goals

The goals of this M.P.H. program in the field of public health nutrition are to ensure that graduates:

  • Understand the pathophysiology of common acute and chronic disease processes and the role that nutrition may play in the development of these diseases.
  • Understand the factors impacting the accessibility, availability, adequacy, and safety of the food and water systems serving a community, and the relationship between community food and water systems and health outcomes.
  • Develop skills in nutrition assessment of both individuals and communities.
  • Utilize appropriate epidemiologic methods for developing and testing hypotheses relating to nutrition and health outcomes at the population level.
  • Develop skills in designing, implementing, and evaluating nutrition interventions to improve the health of communities.
  • Appreciate the role of public health policy in altering the food environment at the community level.

Program-Specific Competencies

Upon completion of the MPH in Public Health Nutrition, students will possess the following functional competencies:

  • Integrate nutrition within the core functions of public health.
    Students will be able to translate nutrition research into public health practice through application of skills in nutrition assessment/surveillance, program planning and evaluation, management, education and health promotion, public policy, and health communication.
    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
    PUBH 6610Public Health Nutrition Practice and Leadership
  • Describe the international and US public health nutrition system.
    Students will identify the governmental structures and processes involved in the development of public policy, legislation, regulations and delivery of services that influence food intake, nutritional status, and health of populations. Students will identify with international, federal, state and local level nutrition surveillance and assistance programs. Students will identify the political, economic and social processes that influence food and nutrition policies and legislation. 
    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6482International Food and Nutrition Policy
    PUBH 6610Public Health Nutrition Practice and Leadership
    PUBH 6613US Food Policy and Politics
  • Assess the nutritional status of individuals and communities.
    Students will use appropriate and current methods to assess nutrition status and prioritize nutritional problems of target populations across the life span. Students will understand the process, rationale, and issues related to establishing nutrient requirements and dietary recommendations. 
    Relevant courses:
    EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
    PUBH 6610Public Health Nutrition Practice and Leadership
    PUBH 6611Nutrition Assessment
  • Evaluate the accessibility, adequacy and safety of the food and water systems for a given community, and understand how these factors could affect the desired outcomes of health promotion and disease prevention activities. Students will identify potential environmental, economic, behavioral, political, cultural and historical factors that impact the food system (including the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food) and water supply. Students will implement or advocate for improvements in the food and water supply chain as needed to improve the health of the communities they serve.

    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6610Public Health Nutrition Practice and Leadership
    PUBH 6612Food Systems in Public Health
    PUBH 6613US Food Policy and Politics
    EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge and understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health outcomes across the life-span.
    Students will describe the role of nutrition in the health of the general population. Students will identify the health consequences of both under- and over-nutrition. Students will identify and critically evaluate relevant nutrition research, and apply research findings to food and nutrition programs and policies.

    Relevant courses:
    EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
    PUBH 6610Public Health Nutrition Practice and Leadership
    PUBH 6613US Food Policy and Politics
  • Design, implement, and evaluate population-based nutrition interventions, policies, and programs.
    Students will apply the principles of community assessment, planning, marketing, implementation and evaluation in order to assure the success of food and nutrition interventions. Students will understand and apply theories of social and behavioral change when developing nutrition interventions. 

    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
  • Demonstrate effective communication, management and leadership skills to ensure the success of public health nutrition programs and services.
    Students will communicate food and nutrition information appropriate for broad and diverse audiences, including individuals, families, communities, health professionals, media, policy and decision makers, food industries, and businesses. Students will interact sensitively, effectively and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, and professional backgrounds, and with persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences. 

    Relevant courses:
    PUBH 6014Practicum
    PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
    PUBH 6610Public Health Nutrition Practice and Leadership

Preparatory Requirements

Prerequisites: Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in nutrition must complete successfully one introductory nutrition and one advanced nutrition or nutritional biochemistry course at the undergraduate level (or higher) with a minimum grade of C prior to matriculation into the program. GW's School of Public Health offers EXNS 2114 Nutrition Sciences I and EXNS 2115 Nutrition Sciences II. Together these courses satisfy the public health nutrition M.P.H. program prerequisite course work requirement. Alternatively, GW also offers graduate-level Introductory nutrition and nutritional biochemistry courses that satisfy the prerequisite requirement. Consult the Program Director for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 14 credits in program-specific courses, 4 credits in research courses, 8 credits in elective courses, and 4 credits in practicum and culminating experience courses.

Program Requirements 

Core
PUBH 6001Biological Concepts in Public Health
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6004Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
PUBH 6006Management and Policy Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
Program-specific
PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6610Public Health Nutrition Practice and Leadership
PUBH 6611Nutrition Assessment
PUBH 6612Food Systems in Public Health
PUBH 6613US Food Policy and Politics
or PUBH 6482 International Food and Nutrition Policy
Research
4 credits from the following:
PUBH 6236Systematic Review of Public Health Literature
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249StatPackages/DataMgt&DataAnlys
PUBH 6260Adv DataAnalysis-Public Health
PUBH 6262Intro-Geog Information Systems
PUBH 6263Advanced GIS
PUBH 6268Advanced SAS
PUBH 6273Ethnographic Methods
PUBH 6281Analysis of Complex Surveys Using SAS and Stata
PUBH 6282Introduction to R Programming
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6437Case Study Methods for Global Health Evaluation
PUBH 6488Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Public Health and Healthcare
PUBH 6499Topics in Global Health (Evaluation of Food and Nutrition Programs and Policies)
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
PUBH 6504Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
PUBH 6530Qualitative Methods in Health Promotion
PUBH 6533Design of Comm Health Surveys
PUBH 6534Comm-Based Participatory Res
PUBH 6572Marketing Research for Public Health
Electives
8 credits in elective courses; suggested related courses include:
PUBH 6127Germs: An Introduction to Environmental Health Microbiology
PUBH 6237Chronic Disease Epidemiology
PUBH 6305Fundamentals for Health Policy: Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6400Global Health Frameworks
PUBH 6440Global Health Economics and Finance
PUBH 6485Prevention and Control of Water and Sanitation Diseases
PUBH 6487Emerging Zoonotic Diseases & Global Food Production
PUBH 6503Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing
PUBH 6514Preventing Health Disparities
PUBH 6515High Risk&Special Populations
PUBH 6550Maternal & Child Health I
PUBH 6551Maternal & Child Health II
PUBH 6552Women's Health
PUBH 6553Adolescent Health
PUBH 6556Maternal & Child Nutrition
PUBH 6562Physical Activity and Obesity Interventions: From the Individual to the Environment
EXNS 6202Advanced Exercise Physiology I
EXNS 6203Advanced Exercise Physiology II
EXNS 6208Physical Activity: Physiology and Epidemiology
EXNS 6209Advanced Concepts in Nutrition Science
Practicum and culminating experience
PUBH 6014Practicum
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses
  3. Grade point requirement: 3.0 (B average) overall grade point average
  4. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within four years.
  5. Transfer credit policy: Up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to a previous graduate degree may be transferred to the Master of Public Health program. Up to 18 credits may be transferred to the Master of Public Health from the SPH graduate certificate. Credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last 3 years with a grade point of 3.0 or better.