The MPH program in nutrition emphasizes the social and environmental determinants of nutrition and food security problems. Students learn ways to address these issues through nutritional assessment of populations, community nutrition actions, health promotion programs, and food and nutrition policies. Graduates leave the school with the skills to manage or participate in health programs that address nutritional issues. They also gain the tools needed to shape policies that improve the nutritional health and food security of populations. The program addresses problems and solutions across a full spectrum of contexts, including: humanitarian crises in low-income countries; sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries; and the dual burden problems of under- and over-nutrition common to middle and high-income countries.
This program is a member of the Association of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition (AGPPHN).
Students who graduate from this degree program can expect to develop the following competencies as they successfully meet and complete the program degree requirements.
The MPH Degree in Nutrition requires a total of 45 credits that includes:
SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 Credits)
Program Course Requirements (20-21 Credits)
Select one of the following nutrition policies and programs course
*May be waived if challenge exam is passed.
** May be waived with prior nutrition course
Elective Courses (9 - 10 credits)
Courses selected from those offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with an academic advisor.
Applied Practice Experience (SPHL 9980)
The Applied Practice Experience (APE) (formerly practicum) is a supervised practice experience conducted in an agency or organization external to the university to gain practical experience. The APE allows students to demonstrate attainment of at least five competencies, including at least 3 from the foundational competencies (CEPH Criterion D2). The APE is conducted after completion of the foundational courses. An APE report and poster summarizing the field experiences are required.
Integrated Learning Experience (SPHL 7950)
All students must complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) (formerly culminating experience) that demonstrates the synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies.
The MPH degree in Nutrition requires a total of 45 credits that includes:
SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)
MPH in Nutrition - Required Courses (20-21 Credits)
Nutrition policies and programs course: at least one course from list below.
* Students wanting to specialize in monitoring and evaluation may take a two-course option instead of GCHB 6120. The two course option is GCHB 6200 Evaluation of Program Interventions in Global Health (3) AND GCHB 6270 Monitoring of Program Interventions in Global Health (3).
** Can be waived if similar course has been taken previously.
***Can be waived if challenge exam is passed.
Elective Courses (6-10 credits)
Selected from graduate-level courses offered within the department, school, or university in consultation with your academic advisor.
Practicum (SPHL 9980)
Nutrition students complete a 300 hour practicum to gain practical experience. The practicum is usually completed after core courses are completed.
Culminating Experience (SPHL 7950)
Students in the MPH in Nutrition conduct a public health analysis.
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