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MPH in Nutrition

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).

Program Competencies

Students who graduate from this degree program can expect to develop the following competencies as they successfully meet and complete the program degree requirements.

  • Identify the major types of food and nutrition related health problems in domestic and international settings and the factors that cause them.
  • Apply various methods in order to assess the food security and nutritional status of populations, including anthropometric, biochemical, clinical, dietary, and ecological methods.
  • Describe and design a theory-based public health intervention or program.
  • Develop a plan to monitor and evaluate a public health intervention or program, based on a theory of change.
  • Conduct analysis of nutrition and food security data using statistical software, including the interpretation and communication of results.
  • Describe major policies and programs that affect food, nutrition, and health and explain the logic of their impacts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in applying the concepts of public health programming and evaluation to food, nutrition, and health problems.
Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Master of Public Health in Nutrition program must meet the school's general admission requirements and submit materials per the application requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

The MPH Degree in Nutrition requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM Foundational Requirements (15 Credits)

  • SPHL 6020 Foundations of Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3)
  • SPHL 6070 Health Systems Policy and Management (3)
  • SPHL 6080 Design Strategies in Public Health Programs (3)

Program Course Requirements (20-21 Credits)

  • TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Health and Disease (3)*
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)
  • GCHB 6340 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs (3)
  • GCHB 6690 Introduction to Nutrition (2) **
  • GCHB 6610 Community Nutrition (2)
  • GCHB 6750 Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring (3)
  • GCHB 6780 Double Burden of Malnutrition (2)

Select one of the following nutrition policies and programs course

  • GCHB 6310 Public Health and Nutrition in Complex Emergencies (2)
  • GCHB 6760 International Nutrition & MCH Programs: Design for Change
  • GCHB 6770 U.S. Food and Nutrition Policy (3)

*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.

Model Course Schedule  

Degree Program Requirements (entry prior to Fall 2018)

The MPH degree in Nutrition requires a total of 45 credits that includes:

SPHTM - Core Courses (15 Credits)

  • BIOS 6030 Introductory Biostatistics (3)
  • EPID 6030 Epidemiological Methods 1 (3)
  • GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health (3)
  • GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3)
  • GHSD 6030 Health Systems, Management and Policy (3)

MPH in Nutrition - Required Courses (20-21 Credits)

  • GCHB 6110 Program Planning for Public Health (3)
  • GCHB 6120 Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Education and Communication Programs (3)*
  • GCHB 6610 Community Nutrition (2)
  • GCHB 6690 Introduction to Nutrition (2) **
  • GCHB 6750 Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring (3 credits)
  • GCHB 6780 Double Burden of Malnutrition (2)
  • TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Health and Disease (3)***

Nutrition policies and programs course: at least one course from list below.

  • GCHB 6310 Public Health and Nutrition in Complex Emergencies (2)
  • GCHB 6760 Health and Nutrition Programs in Resource-Poor Countries (3)
  • GCHB 6770 U.S. Food and Nutrition Policy (3)

* 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.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Richard Oberhelman, MD

Program Director: Diego Rose, PhD

Department Administrator: Gale Marie Abbass

Email: gchb@tulane.edu

Phone: (504) 988-5391

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