Master of Public Health in the Field of Public Health Nutrition

Program Director and Advisor K. Robien


The mission of the master of public health (MPH) 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.  


The goals of this MPH 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.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 45 credits, including 15 credits in core courses, 17 credits in program-specific courses, 5 credits in research methods courses, 4 credits in elective courses, and 4 credits in practicum and culminating experience courses.

Required 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
Public health nutrition core
PUBH 6610Public Health Nutrition Practice and Leadership
EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
PUBH 6611Nutrition Assessment
PUBH 6612Food Systems in Public Health
PUBH 6613U.S. Food Policy and Politics
or PUBH 6482 International Food and Nutrition Policy
PUBH 6620Designing Healthy Communities
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
PUBH 6501Program Evaluation
Research methods
PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
PUBH 6621Applied Data Analysis in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
and one of the following:
PUBH 6236Systematic Review of Public Health Literature
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 6249Use of Statistical Packages: Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6260Advanced Data Analysis for Public Health
PUBH 6262Introduction to Geographic 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 6310Statistical Analysis in Health Policy
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
PUBH 6437Global Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6488Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Public Health and Health Care
PUBH 6489Evaluation of Food and Nutrition Programs and Policies
PUBH 6504Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
PUBH 6530Qualitative Methods in Health Promotion
PUBH 6533Design and Conduct of Community Health Surveys
PUBH 6534Community-Based Participatory Research
PUBH 6572Marketing Research for Public Health
4 credits in elective courses at the 6000 level selected in consultation with the advisor.
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. Minimum 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. External credits must have been earned from an accredited institution in the last three years with a minimum grade (or grade-point average) of B (3.0) or above. SPH graduate certificate students can transfer as many credits as meet program requirements—up to 18 credits—to the MPH degree. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so via the online change of concentration petition after completion of three or more courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. A grade of B or above is required for a course to be eligible for transfer.