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 17 credits in core courses, 13 credits in program-specific courses, 7 credits in research methods courses, 6 credits in elective courses, and a 2-credit culminating experience.

Prerequisites: Introductory Nutrition and either Advanced Nutrition or Nutritional Biochemistry

Required Core
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6007Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health
PUBH 6009Fundamentals of Public Health Program Evaluation
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6012Fundamentals of Health Policy
PUBH 6015Culminating Experience
PUBH 6021Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership I
PUBH 6022Essentials of Public Health Practice and Leadership II
PUBH 6023Interprofessional Education Experience
Public health nutrition core
EXNS 6242Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle
PUBH 6500Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs
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
Research methods
PUBH 6241Nutritional Epidemiology
PUBH 6621Applied Data Analysis in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
And 4 credits selected from the following approved research methods courses:
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 6299Topics in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (ONLY: Dissemination & Implementation Research in Health)
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
PUBH 6599Topics in Prevention and Community Health (ONLY: Economic Evaluation for Health Promotion )
6 credits in graduate-level elective courses selected in consultation with the advisor.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Graduate credit requirement: 45 graduate credits.
  2. Course requirements: Successful completion of core and program-specific courses.
  3. Practicum Requirement: Students are required to fulfill all requirements of the Applied Practice Experience (Practicum) to receive credit for PUBH 6022.
  4. Interprofessional Education Experience (IPE):  Students are required to enroll and participate in an authorized IPE activity (PUBH 6023).
  5. Minimum grade-point requirement: minimum 3.0 (B average) cumulative grade-point average.
  6. Time limit requirement: The degree must be completed within five years.
  7. Transfer credit policy: With approval, up to 12 graduate credits that have not been applied to any 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 of 3.0 (B) in each course. Students in SPH graduate certificate programs can transfer as many credits earned toward the certificate to the MPH degree as meet MPH degree requirements, to a maximum of 18 credits.
  8. Graduate certificate students wishing to transfer to a degree program may apply to do so after completion of three or more courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 via the online change of concentration petition. A grade of B or above is required for a specific course to be eligible for transfer.  
  9. CITI Training requirement: All students are required to complete training regarding human subject protection regulation and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
  10. Integrity Quiz and Plagiarism requirement: All students are required to review the George Washington University Code of Academic Integrity and take the SPH Academic Integrity Quiz at GWSPH Source. within their first semester of study.
  11. Professional Enhancement requirement: Students must participate in eight hours of public health-related lectures, seminars, and symposia, related to their field of study.